You Must Know About Irish Couple’s Wedding
Irish couples who want to get married have a lot to think about! If you tie the knot in Ireland, then in this article you will find all the lawful information about what and when to do. But what do you do when you get married abroad? Each country has its own rules and regulations, so it can be very complicated, especially if there is a language barrier.
Well, if you are getting married in Spain, the Algarve, Italy or Denmark, our fabulous suppliers will debunk all the details for you!
Secular weddings in Spain / The wedding man
I am based in Spain. Of the 180 or so marriages I’ve done, some have involved Irish couples (Irish and Irish + other nationality). My ceremonies are “symbolic” – not a term I like, because couples consider it their real wedding! This means that the procedure does not contain any lawful or religious elements.
This is the kind of wedding I’m involved in. 99.9% of couples, wherever they come from, get married in a civil ceremony in their country of origin or residence before their destination wedding. Many couples even deliberately play the civil ceremony as an event to increase the fun of their eventual marriage abroad weeks/months after
With the many fantastic places that the Mediterranean offers as a backdrop, and the possibility of a great party with family and friends in a sunny climate at the same cost as a wedding at home… this is a very popular option.
Religious Weddings in Spain / your dream wedding in Spain
Here, on the Costa Blanca, Catholic weddings take place every day and are recognized as lawful, and there are no problems with residence. The Catholic Church really supports Catholic weddings here, and no translation of documents is needed, which can lead to both headaches and additional costs if you get married in other European countries.
The first step is to contact the Pastor, where the bride-to-be lives. Or in the Situation where only one partner is Catholic, the parish priest in whom the Catholic Party resides.
The parish priest will initiate the documentation. When all the necessary documents, such as baptismal certificates, letters of freedom and photocopies of passports, are available and the information is filled in before the wedding, the priest sends the File to his Diocesan Curia in Ireland. The Curia will certify the documents and forward them to the curia of the Diocese of Spain where the wedding will take place. The latter Curia then gives permission to the parish priest of the church where the wedding is to take place.
Obstacle-free Certificate is a document required in some countries that indicates that there is no known obstacle to your proposed marriage. The certificate is obtained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ireland. Since many couples move so much today, it is not always possible to receive letters of freedom from their church in which they lived. Please talk to your priest, as he may accept your certificates as proof of your individual status
The priest may instruct another priest (English-speaking priest) to conduct the ceremony. After the wedding, the parish priest issues the necessary documents for civil registration to the local city hall, where they, in turn, issue their marriage certificate to you.
The Algarve, Portugal / Sonho Has Dois
The lawful requirements are about the same as in Ireland; couples have to do paperwork to get their lawful marriage license. In principle, birth certificates and certificates without disabilities. Documents must be submitted before the wedding (at least 3-4 working days).
Catholic marriages follow the same procedure all over the world, so the requirements are the same as in Ireland. The only thing that changes is the Address of the Church. We can attract English-speaking priests for the holding of the ceremony.
For symbolic ceremonies, couples have complete freedom to design their own ceremony.
Italy / Belmare Weddings
Civil weddings can be celebrated in different municipalities of the Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi coast in beautiful places of great historical and landscape interest, to which the mayors have given the Mandate of “communal house”. Irish spouses wishing to get married in civil in Italy must submit an express request to the municipality of their interest (the wedding planners take care of this) and present the necessary documents that will be sent to the Irish Embassy in Italy for lawfulization.
After the documents are lawfulized, the Embassy sends them to the wedding planner or directly to the Italian community celebrating the wedding.
Spouses who want a religious wedding can choose 2 options:
- To get married in civil at Home and arrange a Religious Blessing in Italy, or
- Perform a religious ceremony that also has lawful value.
- In both matter, you must submit baptismal, confirmation and pre-marriage certificates, and if the marriage must also have a civil value, you must also follow the same procedure as is required for civil marriages.
Symbolic weddings, also called secular weddings, free spouses from any ties: they do not need a document, they can be celebrated everywhere (except in the Church) and by anyone.