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How to get married in Ireland

Couples who want to get married in the Republic of Ireland must give at least 3 months notice.

You must give notice, in person, at a civil registration service. This applies to all civil, religious and secular marriages.

To give notice, you must book a notification appointment and both of you must attend.

Book a marriage notification appointment

To book a marriage notification appointment over the phone, contact a civil registration service.

You can also book online for certain areas of the country.

Book your appointment as far in advance as possible. Waiting times may vary throughout the year and from region to region. 

Contact a civil registration service if you are in a civil partnership and you want to get married.

What happens during the marriage notification appointment

At the marriage notification appointment, the registrar will meet both of you.

You will sign a declaration stating that you do not know of any legal reason why the marriage can't happen.

If everything is in order, the registrar will give you a marriage registration form.

Registrars can investigate and form an opinion of the genuineness of an application. This can result in a decision to not grant a licence.

You will need to bring certain documents and photocopies with you. Read our notification appointment checklist for details.

Postal notifications

If you are not living in Ireland and you want to give notice by post, contact a civil registration service.

You will still need to give 3 months notice. You will also need to meet the registrar at least 5 days before the ceremony, to sign the declaration form. The registrar will also give you the Marriage Registration Form.

EU and foreign nationals

You will need to attend for an interview with the registrar if:

  • you are an EU national marrying a non-EU national
  • one of you is a foreign national

Notification fees

The non-refundable notification fee is €200. 

Who can marry you

For a marriage to be legal, the ceremony must be performed by a solemniser.

The solemniser must be on the Register of Solemnisers.

For a civil ceremony, the registrar will solemnise the marriage.

Civil ceremonies

You will need 2 witnesses over the age of 18.

The registrar who conducted the ceremony will register the marriage.

Further charges may apply for civil ceremonies that take place at a venue that is not a registry office. 

Religious ceremonies

You must book a notification appointment for a church, religious or secular ceremony

Contact the religious authorities to arrange the ceremony. You will also need to register the marriage.

page last reviewed: 21/10/2018
next review due: 21/10/2021