What is a Wedding Celebrant?
I am an Irish Wedding Celebrant, based in Dublin and working nationwide with national and international couples. I write and perform ceremonies for fun, modern couples looking for new ways to make their wedding day special.
As a result of working with me, couples create a wedding ceremony that shares the story of their lives.
Independent Irish wedding celebrants are non-denominational and do not adhere to any specific religion or faith. What this means is that the ceremony does not have to follow the rites and restrictions of any one belief. Independent Wedding Celebrants are an alternative choice for couples looking for a ceremony that is more bespoke.
Celebrants help you to celebrate your marriage in a way that is meaningful for you.
Personalise your ceremony – make it all about you!
Couples no longer want a generic, standard-script wedding ceremony. We have all sat through either an unbearably long ceremony or a ridiculously short one. How many times have you thought to yourself that you would do it differently? That is where I can help. From the very beginning we work together on designing the perfect ceremony for you. Gone are the rules, no more talk of what you should or shouldn’t do. Let’s talk about what you actually want to do. And if you are not sure, then I can give you some guidance.
The Legal stuff!
There are two sides to getting married – the marriage which is the legal agreement you are entering, and the wedding which is the celebration of your decision to enter into a marriage together.
Independent, Irish wedding celebrants do not perform the legal signing of the marriage contract. We do not have solemnising status. In Ireland at present an organisation can only obtain solemnising status if it is either secular or religious, there is no in-between option. We have chosen not to be affiliated with any particular belief, philosophy or religion. This is in line with other European countries.
Therefore independent Irish celebrants deal with the wedding – the celebration!
Modern couples in Ireland are now choosing a completely independent ceremony, separate from any belief system. This should be available to them, especially considering the changing face of Irish culture and society. Unfortunately there is no completely independent option for couples who want to have a personal, bespoke ceremony separate from any belief system.
As it stands, couples availing of an Independent wedding celebrant must sign their legal papers separately in the Health Service Executive (HSE). They usually do this a few days before the wedding day. In total couples have two appointments with the HSE, one to give notification (this is a requirement no matter what way you get married) and a second appointment to complete the legalities. Couples will often use this as an opportunity to have a dinner with close family or friends before the wedding.
Click here to read my comprehensive article on Getting Legally Married in Ireland.
‘Say I do…. With one of your crew!’
‘Say I Do….’ is an option for couples who are looking for something completely different! I have been lucky enough to perform wedding ceremonies for family, including my sister (see pic above) and that has been the highlight of my career so far.
And so I created ‘Say I Do…with one of your crew!’. I work with couples and someone they have chosen, whether it is a friend or family member, and coach them to perform the ceremony.
The result is a truly unique ceremony, delivered confidently by someone who knows and loves them (with me there as back-up). This ceremony is perfect for couples looking for something meaningful, something different and authentic, and absolutely a one-off.
Does this sound like you? Click on the button to find out more.Find out more about Say I do....
Overseas Couples/ Elopements
Many couples travel to Ireland for an elopement or the diaspora return home to get married. Very often it is actually easier for couples to complete the legal side in the country they are living in. There is quite a lot of paperwork required to legally get married in Ireland for non-nationals and even for Irish nationals who have lived outside Ireland for a time.
By completing the legals in your current country of residence you are saving yourself a lot of time and freeing up certain restrictions on you. Hiring a wedding celebrant like myself means you have total freedom to have the perfect ceremony for you.
Fed up of all the typical wedding ceremonies? Determined that yours will be different? Then let’s work together!
I am Chairperson of The Irish Ethical Celebrants Society, which is a centre of excellence and training for Irish Ethical Celebrants. The Society provides community, cooperation and continuous development for independent, professional Celebrants in Ireland.
As an Ethical Celebrant, my aim is to facilitate and celebrate life’s rituals in a way that is democratic, compassionate, just and sustainable.
As well as wedding ceremonies, I write and perform naming day celebrations, memorials and end of life ceremonies.
Cost: Click on Celebrant Price List for guideline prices.
Contact me with any questions or to find out more.
Picture by: Terry Redmond Photography