Eloping to Ireland & what you need to know

“Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible.”

Are you thinking of eloping to Ireland? There is nothing quite like an Irish Wedding (except maybe an Irish funeral!). Ireland is full of fantastic landscapes steeped in history, ancient traditions and of course the famous Irish craic. Let me guide you through the legal requirements, liaise with vendors on your behalf, review quotes and contracts, organise accommodations and be your eyes and ears here in Ireland. I will be there to assist you when you arrive in Ireland, and on the day itself to ensure your Irish wedding gets off without a hitch. I can advise on Irish rituals and traditions and ways to incorporate them into your ceremony or reception. 

The Legal Part.

I recommend that couples eloping to Ireland consider completing the legal part of their marriage in the home country.  Honestly, it is the easier option.  The Irish legal system can work seamlessly for some and not so well for others.  If you are a foreign national there is additional paperwork and interviews involved.  You are also required to be in the country at least 5 days before the ceremony to attend an interview in person.  I can explain the legal system in more detail and of course can advise and assist you in having a legal ceremony in Ireland.

Location, Location, Location.

Ireland is renowned for its natural beauty and it is true you will rarely find a greener country.  No matter what your shade is, we have you covered!  Most people come to Ireland because they want a genuine castle for their wedding.  And there is no shortage of castles to choose from.  Something that does surprise some people though is the fact that a lot of the castles are now  bespoke wedding venues.  Yes there are ruins dotted around the country, but most often you will need permission to have your ceremony there.  Many castles will also have minimum number requirements, especially for weekends.  As elopements are often smaller affairs, this can make it trickier to find somewhere, and is something couples need to consider.  Mid-week weddings have a bit more flexibility.  That being said, if a castle is your dream venue, there are plenty to choose from as long as you have some flexibility on budget and location.  

But from the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland’s Ancient East, there are tons of options available for elopements.  Since the Equality Referendum in 2015, more and more venues are opening their doors as wedding venues.  Country estates, de-consecrated chapels, restaurants and traditional Irish pubs.  We have stunning outdoor locations.  As long as you are not afraid of a bit of rain, these give some great options.   Guaranteed pictures that will take your breath away! 

If you are planning an elopement with a max of 50 guests then contact me about the different options available in Ireland.

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