A Wedding with an Independent Celebrant

There is a distinction between the requirements of the state (a legal matter for inheritance purposes that requires a three months notification period. See the website of the General Register Office for Ireland) and the requirements of the couple: a celebration with vows, poetic elements and – of course – a feast and a party. However, for the marriage to be recognised in law a separate service within a registry office or approved venue in front of a registrar is required, which will take about twenty minutes and can be conducted a day or two before the wedding takes place. You must be at least 18 years of age to marry in Ireland.

Marriage equality is everyone’s right and I have conducted many gay wedding ceremonies, inclusive of all orientations and creed. As the weddings are personalised, you have the option to include traditional rituals like the unity candle ceremony, handfasting, or create your own symbolic ritual reflecting your shared interests and beliefs.

The ceremony for Weddings, Civil Partnerships and Vow Renewals normally take about 25 to 30 minutes, which may increase depending on the musical and poetic elements of the ceremony.

Most weddings are booked well in advance, but I am happy to create a ceremony even if only a few weeks away.

Where Can I Hold My Wedding?

In a garden, by a lake, in a hot air balloon, on a boat: anywhere, anytime, anyplace as long as it is appropriate, safe and you have the owner’s permission. Because we are dealing with the celebration part of the wedding, you are not constrained to the how, where and when for the ceremony.

How Do I Book My Date?

Pay the booking fee with the return of the Booking Form.  The balance is due 28 days before the date of the ceremony.

Can I include religious, spiritual or pagan references in my ceremony?

Absolutely. It is your ceremony reflecting your beliefs and values and can be as secular or as faith-following as you desire. However, as celebrant I am not a religious minister and cannot conduct religious ceremony.

I Can’t Write My Vows. Can You Help?

Yes. With my background in writing, I would be delighted to help you write any and all portions of your ceremony and make suggestions, not only for your vows, but poems and readings you may want to consider.

Can We Have A Non-Religious Naming Ceremony?

Most definitely, yes. And you can hold it anywhere, anytime, anyplace, like all the ceremonies here. And this personalised service can be made all-inclusive, with the whole family, proxy parents and friends participating.

My Recently Departed Family Member was Not Really Religious. Can You Conduct a Suitable Service?

Yes, and this will be a compassionate, dignified and meaningful ceremony written with personal elements and appropriate poems and readings. Whether it is a funeral or cremation service, a scattering of ashes, tree planting, or a memorial service, a personalised tribute will be created celebrating not only the life of the deceased, but their value as well.