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How to get married in Ireland

If you want to get married in the Republic of Ireland, contact your local civil registration service by phone or email. You need to give them at least 3 months' notice that you intend to marry. This is the law in Ireland and it applies to all civil, religious and secular marriages.

You cannot get married until after the 3 month notice period. Your marriage date can be in any month or year after the 3 months.

Get the email or postal address for your local civil registration service.

Civil registration services are closed to the public for walk-in services. We are dealing with marriage queries by phone and e-mail.

How to give notice and book a marriage notification appointment

Contact your local civil registration service by phone or email to let us know you want to get married. We will send you a postal notification form.

You will need to:

  • complete and return the form by post or email - the 3 months' notice starts when the form is received by the civil registration service
  • book and attend a notification appointment

Book the notification appointment

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

Both of you will need to attend the marriage notification appointment.

To book over the phone contact your local civil registration office.

You can also book a marriage notification appointment online for certain areas of the country.

Notification appointment fees

The non-refundable notification fee is €200. This is usually paid during the appointment or before the appointment over the phone. It varies from region to region.

What happens during the marriage notification appointment

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

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

You will need to bring certain documents and photocopies with you.

Read the marriage notification appointment checklist.

If you need to postpone your marriage ceremony

Your marriage registration form is valid for 6 months after the date you were due to marry. If the new date is within the 6 month period, your form can be amended. Contact the civil registration office that did your paperwork if you need help with this.

If you are not getting married within the 6 months, contact the civil registration office and give them your new date. You need to do this by email or post. Do this at least 3 months before your new marriage date. You will need to meet with the registrar again to get a new marriage registration form. There is no charge for this.

EU and foreign nationals

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

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

If a couple are only marrying for an immigration advantage the registrar cannot issue a marriage licence.

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