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L.G.B.T engaged & wedding planning? Questions you may have answered and planning tips.

Are you L.G.B.T & now thinking of getting married in Ireland?


Getting marriage in Ireland?  Today in 2016 all citizens can get married in this country regardless of gender or sexual orientation and marriage now provides the same legalisative protection to all in the eyes of the state. Of course this information is now not just limited to the LGBT community but applicable to all!

So how & why is this different from the previous Civil Partnership?


The Civil Partnership was seen as a stepping stone towards full equality in the eyes of the state in relation to marriage and the legalisative protection it affords to married couples. The term Civil Partnership is no longer used or recognised in the Irish Republic. Couples who already have a civil partnership will just need to sign in person in front of a registrar to update their previous partnership to a marriage.

Both heterosexual or homosexual “partnerships” will be known as a civil marriage and can take place in all registry offices and suitable venues around the country.

So where do we start?

Firstly, ‘all couples’ who wish to marry in the Republic of Ireland are required to serve a minimum of three months/90 day notice of their intention to marry to a registrar.

You can do this by booking an appointment via the online booking system HERE

NOTE: You are going to come across the word ‘Solomiser’ in the paperwork, what is this?

You will come across this word in the state paperwork so let’s get this straightened out now…. In the eyes of the state, a solomoniser is the person who carries out the ceremony, (whether it be priest, humanist or civil servant).


Please be aware that if any on the following circumstances apply to you or your partner, you will have to contact one of the offices directly, as you will not be able to complete your booking online:

  • One or both parties hold a divorce decree, decree of nullity, or dissolution of civil partnership granted by court authorities outside the Republic of Ireland.
  • One or both parties live outside the Republic of Ireland and will not be able to attend a Civil Registration Service office in person at least three months prior to the date of their marriage or civil partnership ceremony.
  • One or both parties will be under the age of eighteen (18) on the date of their marriage.
  • You plan to have your Civil Marriage ceremony in a region other than where you will attend for your notification appointment – i.e. ceremony in West region and service of notice in East region. If both ceremony and notice appointment occur in the same region there is no need to contact the Registrar.

Read my previous blog for all information on the timings, legalities & paperwork required HERE it is a really useful guide to Getting married in Ireland & applicable to all regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

We live in Northern Ireland, what are our options? 

Northern Ireland is now the only region in the UK and Ireland not to extend civil marriage rights to same sex couples so many are now choosing to cross the Border to get married. Many LGBT couples are now opting to get married in the Republic despite the fact that their union is only recognised as a Partnership in the North. However this is universally looked upon as somethings that will inevitability change in the future.


We have been or would to like to get married abroad?

The department of Foreign Affairs & Trade has all the information required. You will need to meet all the legal requirements of the country in question & obtain a ‘Certificate of freedom to marry’, the Department issues this and information can be obtained below. HERE

Your Engagement


Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times in your life and a kick start to a period of incredible fun.

For some it my be planned and for others it may come as a complete surprise from their partner, either way there are a couple of things to consider.

Some people want to shout it from the rooftops and want to use social media straight away! But a word to the wise; there are a few things you should consider first.

  • Probably tell your family & close friends first before you announce it to the world, close family & friends may feel disappointed to read such beautiful & momentous news on Facebook or Twitter and not being told in person. They will want to share in the excitement and celebrations with you.
  • Before you even do this sit down and talk about what YOU BOTH  want and make sure you are on the same page, there may be some compromising here on both sides.
  • Make sure you have an idea of the type of wedding and celebration you have in mind and if you don’t want eager family members getting too involved make this is quite explicit from the beginning.
  • Make a budget & plan realistically on what you can afford and the time frame on what you can expect to save! Remember there are many hidden costs involved with getting married, so my best advice is to hire a professional like myself.  Previous couples have found it to be a cost which in the long run saves them time and more importantly money! See REVIEWS FROM COUPLES I HAVE HELPED BEFORE
  • TOP TIP Remember that as from last year Civil Ceremonies are now once again permitted if held outside at a recognised and authorised venue so when choosing your venue keep this in mind if planning a summer wedding. I have a list of my favourite venues I’ve worked in for outdoor (& indoor ceremonies).


Ireland is really a beautiful country to get married in, we have a wealth of stunning locations and venues around the country.  There is always the option of going abroad and for some this is a dream, but then again we never thought we would see the day where all citizens can celebrate and be recognised equally in the eyes of the state in front of family & friends.

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