Notification of Intent to Marry Meeting with the HSE

Getting Married in Ireland Everyone who wants to get married in Ireland must attend a Notification of Intent to Marry meeting, in person with the HSE.   You can access a full list of the HSE offices in Ireland here: List of HSE Offices   Once you have made contact with the HSE, an HSE…

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Readings and Poems for a wedding ceremony

Couples frequently ask me about including readings in their ceremony. Firstly, please know that you don’t have to have them if you don’t want them.  However, if you do, there are many options available to you. Depending on the type of ceremony that you will have, it will most likely determine the amount and type…

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Our Spiritual Earth – OSE – FAQs

Frequently Asked Ceremony Questions   If there are any questions you have which are not covered below, please let me know! What do we need to do to be recognized as legally married? You will need to contact your local Irish Civil Registration Service (HSE) to notify the State of your intent to marry.  Notifications…

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How long is a wedding ceremony?

As a Celebrant in Ireland, I am frequently asked, “How long will my wedding ceremony be?” If you are asking it’s quite possible that you might have an idea of how long you would like your ceremony. The answer is that it’s up to you, because the easy answer is, it’s as long as you…

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Engaging the Service of a Celebrant or Registered Solemniser

What do we need to do to be recognized as legally married?  You will need to contact your local Irish Civil Registration Service (HSE) to notify the State of your intent to marry.  Notifications can be taken only by prior appointment with the Registrar. While three months’ notice is required by law, couples are advised…

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Vow Renewals

Surprise 35th Wedding Anniversary – Vow Renewal Ceremony It was a changeable summer’s day and a couple that had flown in from Indiana with their grown-up children had no idea how their day was going to change. I had been liaising with the couple’s daughter, for a number of weeks to organise a surprise Vow…

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How to get married in Ireland

What are my options for getting married in Ireland? What do I have to do to get married in Ireland? How to get married in Ireland For those wishing to marry in Ireland you will need to start with the HSE (The Health Service Executive (Irish: Feidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte). See link at the end…

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What is a Baby/Naming Ceremony

What is a Baby Naming Ceremony? A Baby Naming Ceremony is a ceremony when the parents of a new baby will introduce their new child to their community of friends and family.  It would be similar to the traditional Christening or Baptism ceremony, except without the church. A Naming Ceremony can be held in any…

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What is a Non-Religious Funeral Ceremony

Funeral Celebrant I am a Cork based Celebran Ireland and work as a non-church Funeral Celebrant where I perform funerals that are life centred. The question frequently asked is “What is the difference between a religious and a non-religious funeral ceremony”.  My response is as follows: A religious ceremony is one where the ceremony is…

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Broom Jumping

Broom Jumping This is one of the oldest marriage traditions, predating even the handfast cord. Some scholars have traced the broom-jumping tradition to a centuries-old Welsh custom, priodas coes ysgub, or “broom-stick wedding”. The broom as it is used today in marriage ceremonies represents the threshold of the home, and jumping the broom is symbolic…

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