Planning a Humanist Ceremony
A humanist ceremony is a secular, non-religious ceremony that is legally binding and recognised. Humanists do not believe in God or the supernatural, instead relying on scientific evidence and human achievements. You don’t have to call yourself a humanist to opt for this type of ceremony and it is often an option for couples who have different beliefs. You can make your ceremony very personal and unique but it should not include any religious references and the good news, you can also have your wedding ceremony at the weekend.
There is more information you require when planning your Humanist Ceremony
State Notice: like all weddings, Humanist ceremonies are legally binding, you are required to give three months’ notice of your intention to marry.
Venue: the ceremony must take place in a venue that is open to the public and you can have it indoors or outdoors.
Celebrant: Decide on your celebrant and the availability, you can get more information on the list of celebrants in your area by looking up the Humanist Association of Ireland website (HAI) http://www.humanism.ie/ceremonies-2/weddings/
In the Galway area there are many celebrants, some which I have worked with in the past would be
- PJ Conneely
- Bridget Carlin
- Pat Clarke Browne
If you are looking for a legal humanist wedding, it is best to choose an accredited celebrant otherwise, you may end up with a celebrant who cannot marry you legally and you will have to go to the registry office for the legal component.
Date: you can choose your own date and time for your ceremony as there are no restrictions.
Fee: You pay the state €200.00 to register your notification of your intention to marry and then you pay your celebrant thereafter, it can be in the region of €450.00 but this can vary.
What you need to have:
Photo ID: passport or Drivers Licence
Original Long Birth Certificate
Names & Date of births of both witnesses
Proof of address in the form of a utility bill
PPS Number for both of you
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You will require a Marriage Registration From (MRF). This is a document you need for all registered marriages in Ireland and gives you the permission to get married here. It must be signed by both of you, your witnesses and the celebrant and then returned to the registrar office, no later than one month after the wedding so the wedding can be registered.
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