Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Civil Celebrant? 

A Civil Celebrant is someone who has trained, and is qualified and insured, to carry out all manner of ceremonies. This involves writing unique and tailor made stories, crafted to truly reflect the people involved, and the occasion.

What is the difference between a Civil Celebrant and a Humanist or a Spiritualist? 

A Civil Celebrant, while bound by a code of ethics, has no affiliation with any religion, or any other body. This means that we are free to incorporate as much, or as little (or none at all) religious or spiritual references as you choose. In essence, your choice is wide open, and we can make the ceremony exactly as you would like it. We are only limited by our imagination! 

Where can we get married? 

As an independent Civil Celebrant, I can perform your ceremony at any location of your choice. It can be indoors, or outdoors, in a public space, or a private home, and furthermore, it can be at any time, or day of your choosing. Unlike a solemniser, I am not constrained by the State guidelines/restrictions, so it’s wherever and whenever you choose.

Can you marry us legally? 

As things currently stand, independent Civil Celebrants are not legally able to solemnise weddings, because we are not associated with any specific religion or belief system. Couple must carry out the legal part of their wedding with the HSE. Some choose to do this before their ceremony, some after, it’s a personal choice. You will need to have two appointments with the HSE, an initial one to notify them of your intent to marry, which must be done a minimum of 3 months prior to the wedding. As there may be delays in getting an appointment, it’s recommended you allow yourself plenty of time to do this. Your second visit will be for the 15-minute ceremony and the signing of the papers. Click Here for all relevant information on their website.

If you have a question which is not listed above, feel free to use the form on the Contact page and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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