Getting Married in Ireland

Marriage is one of the most significant events in your life, not to mention the most life changing. Equally important as wedding planning is being able to follow the rules, requirements and procedures for getting married. In this article, you will be given a basic guide to getting married in Ireland.

Age Requirements for Marriage

Whether you choose a civil or religious ceremony, you must be at least 18 years old to get married in Ireland. Also, you must know what marriage means and should not be forced into marriage. You must have the capacity to understand what marriage means.

Notification Requirement

If you are an Irish citizen or a foreign national planning to get married in Ireland, you must give three months notification before you marry. It is imperative that you make the notification in person to the Registrar.

Different Ways of Getting Married

You may choose a civil or religious ceremony to get married in Ireland. The process of registration will still be the same whatever ceremony you choose.   You will be given a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) by the Registrar, which gives you authorisation to marry. You must present the MRF to whoever is formalizing your marriage. Within a month after your marriage ceremony, the completed form should be given to the Registrar for the marriage to finally be registered.

Marrying Outside of Ireland

If you are an Irish citizen and considering marrying abroad, you should understand that the laws of the country in which you marry govern the legal validity of your marriage. The laws and requirements for marriage in other countries may be different from those of Ireland, so it is essential that you are aware of them before getting married.

Changes to Your Status After Getting Married

When you get married, there are many areas of your life that will change. These include your pension, insurance, property, taxation and even inheritance.   Do some research on the legal consequences following your marriage.