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How to Get Married in Ireland

Ireland made it easier to marry there recently, so now there are no residency requirements to exchange your vows here. Whether you choose a city wedding in cosmopolitan Dublin, or a wedding in the gorgeous Irish countryside, you'll be welcomed with plenty of warmth.
Below are the legalities for marrying in Ireland, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Ireland Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Ireland?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
If you have been divorced then you may not remarry in a Catholic church.


How long do I have to be resident in Ireland before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to get married in Ireland.


Getting a marriage licence
You must personally give notice in writing to the registrar of the district where you wish to marry at least 3 months in advance. The notice must state: name, address and dates of birth of both parties and the name of the church or place where the wedding will take place. You must both sign it.
To obtain a marriage licence the papers below must be submitted to the Registry.
There are two types of registrars – one for Catholic ceremonies and one for Protestant and Civil ceremonies.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Full birth certificates stamped with an aposille stamp if not from the juristiction where you wish to marry.
Declaration of no impediment to marriage.
Marriage Registration form (obtained from Registrar).
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse and your former marriage certificate must be shown.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.

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Dublin Marriage Registrar's Office

Civil Registration Service

Joyce House, 8/11 Lombard Street East,

Dublin 2,

Open: 09.30 am - 4:30 pm Mon- Fri.

Tel: +353 1 86 38200


More registry offices can be found here.