Frequently asked questions
Can you perform the legal aspect of our marriage?
YES! We have a team of HSE Registered Solemnisers who are authorised to conduct legal marriage ceremonies in Ireland, both in our City Sanctuary in Thomas St, Dublin 8, or at your chosen venue on any day of the week.
Can we get married in your venue?
Yes you can! We would be delighted to welcome you to our City Sanctuary on Thomas St, Dublin 8, where we hold simple marriage and other ceremonies throughout the week. We have plenty of availability and would be delighted to celebrate your marriage with you and your guests.
What Category is Entheos Ireland- Religious, Secular or Civil?
Entheos Ireland is a non-denominational faith path, authorised to carry out ceremonies for couples of all faiths and none. Therefore, we are listed on the HSE Register of Solemnisers as a Religious Body, as opposed to Secular/Civil. This classification means that your ceremony will be in accordance with the Rites and Ceremonies of Entheos Ireland (please see Vision and Values page for details), and affords us the freedom to include religious content for those who request it, and none for those who don’t.
Are Entheos Ireland ceremonies Catholic/Humanist/Spiritualist/Pagan/Other?
Nope! None of the above. Entheos Ireland is a non-denominational Religious Body, which gives us the freedom to perform ceremonies for people of all faiths and/or none. We do not reference any particular God or belief system unless specifically requested to do so. We have no agenda with regard to your ceremony, and we can include whatever language, music and readings you would like. We also have no requirement to speak about our organisation during your ceremony.
Entheos Ireland Ministers are committed to fostering inclusivity and accessibility, so no couple would ever be refused on the grounds of any diversity of gender, orientation, colour, nationality, ability, religion, non-religion, financial status, culture or any other reason within the bounds of Irish law.
If you require a translator or any assistance with accessibility please let us know.
Our venue is wheelchair accessible, including a wheelchair accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities- all are welcome!
How long will our ceremony last?
Most ceremonies last in the region of 25-35 minutes, depending on variables such as music choices, ceremony enhancements, readings, photographs etc. We can tailor your ceremony to fit any time requirement, and hold it at any time of day, on any day of the week. We will discuss this during the planning phase, and if the requirement is different on the day that’s absolutely fine too. Let there be no panic!
How much will it cost?
Our average fee is €600 for a wedding ceremony, and €250 for a funeral ceremony. Please contact us to discuss the specifics of your ceremony and requirements, including your preferred date, time and venue, as these factors may influence the fee.
We are committed to financial accessibility so we have a sliding scale available by request, and it will be our pleasure to help you to find the option that suits you best.
Can you Solemnise our marriage on a Saturday/Sunday?
Yes! We can Legally Solemnise your marriage at any time of day, on any day of the week, in our City Sanctuary, or any venue of your choosing that is compliant with Section 52 of the Civil Registrations Act 2004. The main requirements being that the Solemnisation takes place at an identifiable address which is open to the general public. Ceremonies with no legal component can take place pretty much anywhere, (as long as we have permission from the owner!) and we are happy to work with you on this.
Is there anything we MUST include in our ceremony?
If your marriage is to be Solemnised, you and your intended spouse must make 2 declarations during the ceremony, in the presence of your Solemniser and witnesses:
- That you do not know of any impediment to the marriage
- That you accept each other as husband/wife/spouse
Beyond this, we have no requirement to mention any particular words during your ceremony, nor do we need to mention any parent organisation- the words will all be as you wish, and we will use whatever words and pronouns you and your spouse prefer.
How do we Register our Intent to Marry?
In Ireland, all couples must visit a HSE Registrar to register their Intent to Marry, NO LESS THAN THREE MONTHS prior to their intended wedding date. At this meeting, you will be asked for the names and details of both spouses, both witnesses (over 18 years), your chosen Solemniser, your venue and your intended date. You will then be given your Marriage Registration Form (MRF) usually in a green folder, which you will bring with you on your wedding day. Your Solemniser will request this in advance of the ceremony in order to check and confirm that all details are correct. During the ceremony it will be signed by your Entheos Ireland Solemniser, both spouses and both witnesses, and it is your responsibility to return it to the HSE Registrar’s office within 30 days of your ceremony.
Further details are available from the HSE website.
How is our booking confirmed?
Once we have confirmed our availability for your date and venue, your booking is confirmed upon receipt of a €200 booking deposit. The balance will be payable in advance of your ceremony, either via PayPal, credit/debit card or bank transfer, along with mileage fees and any additional agreed expenses.
How do we obtain our Marriage Certificate?
You will retain the paperwork (in the green folder) on the day of your ceremony. (You might consider nominating a responsible adult to ensure it is put away safely, immediately after the ceremony!) You must return the MRF (Marriage Registration Form) within one month to a Registrar, for the marriage to be registered. Under Section 50 of the Civil Registration Act 2004, if the completed MRF (Marriage Registration Form) is not returned to a Registrar within 56 days of the intended date of marriage recorded on the MRF, the Registrar can serve a notice on you requiring you to return the MRF within 14 days of receiving the notice. It is very important that you ensure the paperwork is returned as you cannot get your civil marriage certificate until the marriage is registered.