Hey there, everyone, how are you guys? Hope you’re all safe and fine.
As we know, COVID-19 has affected everyone’s lives this year.
Apart from that, we are finally starting to reopen and go back to normal, which is great news for the couples who had to postpone their wedding day due to the pandemic. While many couples are moving ahead with their scheduled weddings, other ones are just starting to plan it. Hence, I decided to talk about the 5 things you really need to know when planning your civil ceremony in 2020 or 2021.
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REGISTRATION OFFICE
According to HSE recommendations, during the coronavirus pandemic you
should contact your local registration office for a postal notification form: there is no need for you to attend the civil registration service offices in person.
SERVE 3 MONTHS’ NOTICE OF INTENTION TO MARRY
To have a wedding planned is always a thrilling moment, however, most couples are advancing with caution this year. First of all, if you are arranging your marriage during the pandemic, you must serve a 3 months’ notice of intention to marry. Second of all, you should contact your local registration office for a postal notification form. Finally, the best way to do it is by returning your complete postal notification form to Ireland’s Civil Registration Service by e-mail. They will let you know that they have received your form.
SECURE YOUR MARRIAGE BY HSE SERVICES
It is also important to emphasize here that Ireland’s Civil Registration
Service is managed by the HSE and it is currently the only service that can legally officiate Civil Ceremonies.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO PRESENT YOUR
When the pandemic is over, you will need to make an appointment with HSE Civil Registration Service to attend it face-to-face. Then, you will present the documents listed on the marriage checklist. At your appointment you will also need to sign a declaration that you are free to marry and pay the notification fee. You can have access to the list of documents here.
MAKE SURE YOU THROW A SAFE CEREMONY
In conclusion, marriage ceremonies can only take place if they are in accordance with the most recent government measures to stop the spread of COVID 19. Government measures are updated regularly and it is important to keep up to date with this information. Don’t forget to let the registrar in your area know if you are postponing your civil marriage ceremony.