Do your paperwork
When it comes to planning a wedding, paperwork is easily the least glamorous task. But if you don’t get the necessary items in order, there won’t be a wedding at all! Our advice is to plan ahead – you don’t want to get caught up in red tape at the last minute.
You MUST register your intention to get married at least three months before your wedding date in the Republic of Ireland and around eight weeks in Northern Ireland. You can apply to do this from overseas, and to be on the safe side it’s better to have a much longer lead-in time than this – at least 12 months.
In many cases, couples choose to do the legal paperwork in their own country and simply have symbolic ceremonies in Ireland. Bear in mind that if you are having a civil ceremony, you will also have to meet the registrar in person five days before you get married.
Same sex marriage is legal in the Republic of Ireland; in Northern Ireland, if you are a same sex couple, you can have a humanist ceremony but not a civil ceremony.