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How to get married in Ireland

During the coronavirus pandemic you should contact your local registration office for a postal notification form. There is no need for you to attend the civil registration service offices in person.

Marriage arrangements during the coronavirus pandemic

To serve 3 months notice of intention to marry

If you wish to start your 3 months notice of intention to marry you should contact your local registration office for a postal notification form. 

 The best way to return your completed postal notification form to us is by e-mail. We will let you know that we have received your form.

When the pandemic is over and normal service resumes you will need to make an appointment with us to attend in person to present the documents listed on the marriage checklist. At your appointment you will need to sign a declaration that you are free to marry. You will also need to pay the notification fee.

 Marriage notification appointment checklist

Please do not make any further arrangements to marry until after the pandemic. We do not know how long it will take for services to return to normal after the pandemic. It will be possible for you to make an appointment to complete your notification in person after the pandemic

Marriage ceremonies

Marriage ceremonies can only take place if they meet the most recent Government measures to stop the spread of COVID 19. Government measures are updated regularly and it is important to keep up to date with this information.

Please let the registrar in your area know if you are postponing or cancelling your civil marriage ceremony.

Postponing your marriage

Your Marriage Registration Form (MRF) is valid for 6 months after the date you were originally due to marry. If your new date of marriage is within the 6 month period after your original date of marriage you can get a new MRF issued after the pandemic without any additional charges. You can do this after the pandemic by contacting the office where you originally served notice of your intention to marry.

If you are not getting married within 6 months of your original date you will need to contact the office where you originally served notice and give them your new date of marriage. That office will be able to advise you in relation to the declaration you must come in together to sign after the pandemic and you will be issued with a new MRF without any additional charges.

You will need to tell the office where you originally served your notice a minimum of 3 months in advance of your new date of marriage.

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