Have you been dreaming of a unique & personalised, enchanted & magical forest or outdoor wedding in Ireland?

Have you read somewhere or heard from someone that you can’t be legally married in a forest in Ireland or anywhere outdoors in nature due to the strict rules of the Marriage Act? 

It’s no mistake that you are reading this right now, I am happy to tell you that this is just not true at all.

The great news for you is Yes you can have your unique & personalised, enchanted and magical fully legal forest or outdoor wedding ceremony with all your dearest family and friends right there with you as witnesses and yes your legal marriage ceremony can be created in any style to suit your beliefs & wishes.   Ireland really is one of the most enchanting places in the world for a unique & personalised forest wedding and there are so many beautiful forests to choose from.

So – how is this possible?   It’s very simple – follow these steps and you are well on your way!

  1. First thing you should do is find just the right ceremony officiant / registered solemniser who can create & conduct the ceremony you are dreaming of with all the care and attention to detail you deserve. Our list of recommended ceremony officiants & solemnisers are all registered to solemnise marriages in the Republic of Ireland and have a vast experience in forest & outdoor ceremonies of all kinds. Only a registered marriage solemniser has the practical experience necessary to advise you correctly which locations are approved by the HSE for forest and outdoor ceremonies.
  2. Next, you need to hire your very own wedding forest or outdoor place of natural beauty!  Yes that’s right, hire your own forest or outdoor location! There are a virtually unlimited number of enchanted & magical wedding forests and outdoor places of natural beauty available for hire in Ireland, and the best part is that they all come complete with a luxury guest house, hotel, mansion house or enchanted castle for your wedding reception & celebrations after!  Which also ensures you have a nearby no-fuss built-in plan B ceremony location in case of weather not agreeing with you on the day! Your ceremony officiant is a registered solemniser, they will know exactly which forests and outdoor places of natural beauty comply with the marriage act.
  3. Once you have chosen your marriage solemniser and booked your venue, the next thing for you to do is lodge your “Notify your Intention to Marry” or NOIM form at the HSE Civil Registration Office, for the fee of €200. You will need to book an appointment for this, where you are both required to attend with the necessary ID documents.


Sharon Q.


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