FAQ – Wedding Celebrant

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions people have when hiring a wedding celebrant, however if your question is not answered here just get in touch.

How far in advance do you take bookings?

Most couples will organise their Wedding Celebrant about 12 to 18 months in advance.  However, do not worry, if your wedding date is sooner than that, as long as I am free on that date, I am happy to take the booking.

Are there any restrictions on the date or location we can get married ?

None at all. As an Independent Wedding Celebrant, I am not restricted by the State restrictions, so your ceremony can take place any day/any time/any where.  The ceremony does not have to be indoors, and can take place on private property.

What kind of ceremony can we have? Can it be religious/ non-religious/ secular?

Your ceremony can be whatever you want it to be.  I work with each couple to create a ceremony to reflect you and your life together.  As an Independent Wedding Celebrant I am not bound by the rites or restrictions of any belief system or religion, meaning the ceremony is a reflection of your beliefs, not mine.  So the ceremonies can be religious, non-religious, spiritual or completely secular, whatever you decide!

Can we involve parents/children in the ceremony?

Of course, and there are many ways to include those you love in your ceremony.  Ceremonial rituals are a great way to involve your guests and I can recommend rituals to include in your ceremony.

Can we have input into the ceremony?

Absolutely.  After an initial consultation, I write a first draft of the ceremony which is then sent to you for input and editing.  It is a work in progress until we get it perfect, and you have full control over what is/is not included.

Can you legally marry us?

At this time due to the current laws & regulations in the “Marriage Provisions of the Civil Registration Act, 2004, Independent Wedding Celebrants are not granted the authority to solemnise a marriage, as we are not associated with a belief system or religion.  Hopefully this will change in the future.   Couples complete the legal side separately with the HSE office, either before or after the wedding day.

So in total 2 appointments are needed with the HSE, one to give notification at least 3 months in advance of the wedding date (or earlier if possible as there can be difficulty in getting appointments in certain HSE offices) and a second appointment to sign the legal papers.  I explain this process in detail at the initial consultation.

While I would love to be able to offer a complete legal package, completing the legal side separately frees the couple from any restrictions imposed by the State and they can create a truly unique and personal ceremony.

For more information or to ask any further questions please get in touch yvonne@yvonnecassidyweddings.com or telephone 087 9726776