The Sacrament of Matrimony

Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creator's eyes. And this love which God blesses is intended to be fruitful and to be realized in the common work of watching over creation: "And God blessed them, and God said to them: 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.'" (CCC)

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We hope you have a very happy wedding day and we wish you every blessing in your married life together.


To be married in the church

The minimum notice required for both church and state is 3 months.

This also applies for ‘away’ weddings. Plan well in advance to secure your preferred date for your church wedding.

The Catholic Church has always had two options available on how best to celebrate your Catholic Wedding:

Option A: within the Holy Mass
Option B: a service of the Sacrament without the full Mass, (to be considered by those who are not practising Catholics) and can be celebrated by the Parish Deacon.

Marriage Requirements – Civil and Church

It is the ultimate responsibility of the couple to make all necessary preparations regarding the civil aspect of their marriage. The following are helpful guidelines that need to be put in place in order for a church wedding to be registered with the State.

  • Make an appointment – give notice.
  • After Church Wedding date is confirmed, make contact with local Registration Office to make an appointment to meet the Registrar and give marriage notification.
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  • Three months minimum is required but it’s better to be ahead of that time limit in order to facilitate appointments with a busy Registrar.
  • Fee and Documents to bring with you to the Registrar:
    • Passport or Driving License as ID
    • If either party is divorced, original final decrees in respect of all previous divorces.
    • If widowed, death certificate of the previous spouse and the civil marriage certificate for their first marriage.
    • PPS Numbers, whether either or both parties have one.
    • a registration fee to be paid to the State.
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The following information will need to be provided for the Registrar:

  • Date of intended Marriage.
  • A Civil or Religious Ceremony.
  • Names and Dates of Birth of Witnesses.
  • Name and Address of the Solemniser(celebrant) and venue.

It is most helpful to remember to bring all necessary documents to the first appointment with the Registrar as it may prevent having to return for another appointment.

A declaration of No Impediment will have to be declared by the couple when with the registrar. This states that they are not aware of any lawful impediment to the proposed marriage.

Marriage Registration Form (MRF)

This is a most important document and will be issued by the Registrar, provided that the couple are free to marry. It gives the civil authorisation for the marriage to proceed. All couples in Ireland must have this form (MRF) for the marriage to proceed and for their marriage to be legally registered in civil law afterwards.

The MRF should be given to the Priest before the date of marriage. It will be returned to the couple after the wedding and it is the responsibility of the couple to return it to the Registrar’s office.

Family Law Act 1995

The minimum age for which a person resident in Ireland may contract a legal marriage is Eighteen Years.

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