Planning your Gay or Lesbian Wedding in IrelandPlanning your Gay or Lesbian Wedding in Ireland?

Today in 2016 all citizens can get married in this wonderful country, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Marriage now provides the same legislative protection to all in the eyes of the state whether it’s a traditional, gay or lesbian wedding that seals the knot.

Of course the information below is not just limited to the LGBT community but applicable to all!

Civil Partnership vs Civil Marriage…

Planning your Gay or Lesbian Wedding in IrelandThe Civil Partnership was seen as a stepping stone towards full equality in Ireland in relation to marriage and the legislative 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 in order 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.

Getting Started…

Planning your Gay or Lesbian Wedding in Ireland?Firstly, ‘all couples’ who wish to marry in the Republic of Ireland are required to serve a minimum of three months/90 day notice to a registrar. You can book online here.

Please be aware that if any of 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;

Planning your Gay or Lesbian Wedding in 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;

– 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.

Gay Marriage in Northern Ireland… 

Northern Ireland is now the only region in the UK and Ireland not to extend civil marriage rights to all citizens. 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.

Getting Married Abroad…

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade has detailed the information you need here including details on how to obtain a ‘Certificate of Freedom to Marry’

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.

Your Engagement…

Planning your Gay or Lesbian Wedding in IrelandGetting 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 think about before announcing your news to the world:

– Sit down and talk about what YOU BOTH want and make sure you are on the same page with regards to your nuptials – there may be some compromising here on both sides but it is well worth it;

– 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;

Planning your Gay or Lesbian Wedding in IrelandTell your family & close friends before posting anything on social media! Otherwise they 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 so let them :);

Make a budget & plan realistically on what you can afford and the time frame on how much you 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 hiring a wedding planner to be a cost which in the long run saved them time and more importantly money!

See reviews from couples I have helped before.


The wedding guy

Stephen is an events planner and wedding coordinator, combining over 20 years experience within the hospitality industry at home & abroad as well as having graduated  from the Irish Hotel & Catering Institute & The National College of Ireland  (BAHHRMD, MAHRM) Stephen is perfectly poised to help you create the day you have always dreamed of.

He has access to and experience of working with some of Ireland’s premium service suppliers.

Stephen has assisted brides & grooms with wedding celebrations  throughout Ireland from at home and abroad.

Your wedding day is going to be the biggest day of your life. It takes expert planning and execution  to ensure a flawless day and as the centre of attention you need to ensure that you have a true professional on the side lines organising and guiding you and your guests through a day that will have been meticulously planned; so you both can enjoy your day and let someone else worry about the details.

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