Easy Guide to Booking Your Marriage Registration Appointment

Getting Married in Ireland?these are the steps for booking your Marriage Registration Appointment

Book Marriage Registration Appointment

Notice of Intent: You and your partner must let the registrar know that you intend to marry in Ireland. You must book a Marriage Registration Appointment. You have to do this at least 3 months before your wedding date. To do this, you need to book a marriage registration appointment with a registrar. You may be able to do this online or alternatively by telephone depending on your circumstances.

Are you both resident in Republic of Ireland?

If you are not will both parties be present in the Republic of Ireland a minimum of 3 months prior to the proposed ceremony date?

Both Partners Must Attend: Both you and your partner have to go to this marriage registration appointment in person. This is where you officially declare your intention to marry, and you’ll also get your marriage license. The 3-month countdown starts from this day. This is irrespective of whether you booked your marriage registration appointment online or by telephone.


Couples in Civil Partnerships: If you’re already in a civil partnership in Ireland and want to get married, you should contact your local registration office for more information.


More Information: You can find contact details for all registration offices and additional information about getting married in Ireland at the Civil Registration Service website: www.civilregistrationservice.ie. It’s a good idea to read this information before booking your marriage registration appointment with the registrar.

Details you need for marriage registration appointment:

The exact location and address where the marriage ceremony will take place.

The exact date of the marriage ceremony.

Your marriage ceremony date must be at least 3 months after your marriage registration appointment with the registrar.

The names of two witnesses, both of whom need to be over 18 and who will be there on the day of your wedding.

The name and possibly the address of your Solemnisor / Officiant / Celebrant for your marriage.

Confirm with your Solemnisor/ Officiant/ Celebrant the following with them:

  • The place and date for the wedding ceremony.
  • That they are available on that date and that you have booked them.
  • Like me, make sure they are registered to perform marriages. You can check the register here: Register of Solemnisers: www.groireland.ie/solemniser.xls.
  • Both Partners Must Be Present: Remember, both you and your partner must attend the marriage registration appointment with the registrar. 

To make the Registration Appointment faster and to ensure that you bring all the information that you need use the data capture form available here: DATA CAPTURE FORM.

Born outside of Ireland?

If one or both of you were born outside of Ireland, you might need to take additional steps based on your country of birth:

Hague Convention Countries: If your country of birth is one of the following Hague Convention countries, you’ll need an Apostille for your birth certificate. An Apostille is like a certificate that’s added to your birth certificate. Perhaps you may not have this document in time for your marriage registration appointment, but you will need it before the Registrar issues the Marriage Registration Form (MRF). You will need to give the MRF to your Solemnisor/ Officiant/ Celebrant on the day of your wedding. More information and links to the embassies of these countries can be found on their respective embassy websites. Here is a list of those countries:

Argentina: www.argentinaembassy.ie
Australia: www.ireland.embassy.gov.au
Austria: www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/dublin
Belgium: www.dublin.diplomatie.belgium.be
Brazil: www.dublim.itamaraty.gov.br
Canada: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/ireland-irlande
Chile: www.chile.gob.cl/irlanda
China: www.ie.china-embassy.org
Colombia: www.irlanda.embajada.gov.co
Croatia: www.ie.mvep.hr
Czech Republic: www.mzv.cz/dublin/en
Denmark: www.irland.um.dk
Estonia: www.dublin.mfa.ee
Finland: www.finlandabroad.fi/web/irl/frontpage
France: www.ie.ambafrance.org
Germany: www.dublin.diplo.de
Greece: www.mfa.gr/ireland/en
Hungary: www.dublin.mfa.gov.hu/eng
India: www.indianembassydublin.gov.in
Israel: www.embassies.gov.il/dublin
Italy: www.ambdublino.esteri.it/ambasciata_dublino/en
Japan: www.ie.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html
Latvia: www.mfa.gov.lv/en/ireland
Lithuania: www.ie.mfa.lt
Luxembourg: www.dublin.mae.lu/en
Malta: www.foreignandeu.gov.mt/en/embassy/ie
Mexico: www.embamex.sre.gob.mx/irlanda/index.php/en
Netherlands: www.netherlandsandyou.nl/your-country-and-the-netherlands/ireland
New Zealand: www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/europe/ireland/new-zealand-embassy
Norway: www.norway.no/en/ireland
Panama: www.embassyofpanama.ie
Peru: www.embajadadelperuenirlanda.ie
Poland: www.gov.pl/web/ireland
Portugal: www.irlanda.embaixadaportugal.mne.pt
Russia: www.ireland.mid.ru
Slovakia: www.mzv.sk/web/dublin-en
Slovenia: www.dublin.embassy.si
South Africa: www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/forrep/dplreland.html
Spain: www.embassyofspain.ie
Sweden: www.swedenabroad.se/en/embassies/ireland-dublin
Switzerland: www.eda.admin.ch/countries/ireland/en/home.html
Turkey: www.embassyoftheturkishrepublicofnortherncyprus.ie/en
United Kingdom: www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-dublin
United States: www.ie.usembassy.gov


Non-Hague Convention Countries: If your country of birth is not part of the Hague Convention, your birth certificate must be authenticated by the relevant Embassy of origin.

That’s the process for getting married in Ireland in a nutshell and booking your marriage registration appointment. Remember to plan ahead and make sure you have all the necessary documents and details in order to make your wedding day special!


List of Civil Registration Offices in Cork

List of Civil Registration Offices:


Civil Registration Service Castletownbere
Community Hospital, Castletownbere, Cork


Civil Registration Service Cork
Adelaide Court, Adelaide Street, Cork, Cork, T12 XKC4


Civil Registration Service Mallow
Mallow Primary Healthcare, Gouldshill, Mallow, Cork, P51 Y8EC


Civil Registration Service Skibbereen
Coolnagarrane, Skibbereen, Cork


Civil Wedding Ceremony Cork Celebrant Brian Twomey

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