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Planning your wedding day is an exciting time in your life: many congratulations!

If you are thinking of getting married in a Church of Ireland church, the best place to start is by contacting your local clergyperson in your local church

Marriage in church is governed by the law of the land, as well as by the liturgy and rules of the Church of Ireland. For example, one of the partners seeking marriage must be baptized, and one of you must be a member of the Church of Ireland or of a Church in full communion with the Church of Ireland, unless, in exceptional circumstances, a bishop gives permission.  Similarly, a marriage must take place in a church building, unless a bishop gives permission, again in exceptional circumstances, for it to take place somewhere else.

In all instances, you will need to contact the local clergyperson of the church in which you hope to get married. You will then be able to have a conversation about marriage, what kind of wedding you are looking for, and also about making the arrangements for your special day.

You should check with the local church and clergy to see if they are free before making a firm booking for your wedding reception venue.

Responsibility for dealing with all of the civil requirements necessary to get married rests with you, the couple. More information on the notification requirements and the arrangements for registering a marriage is available on the following websites for each jurisdiction:

Northern Ireland: www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/births-deaths-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/marriage-and-registration

Republic of Ireland: www.citizensinformation.ie/en/birth_family_relationships/getting_married

Where one of you is divorced (or both of you are) marriage in church may still be possible.  
Please see “Regulations for the remarriage of divorced persons“ in the Appendices to the Constitution of the Church of Ireland, approved by General Synod 1996 as required by Canon 31
Your local clergyperson will explain the process to you, and he or she has to seek the opinion of the local bishop.

The Church of Ireland Marriage Council’s website includes resources on marriage services and preparation: www.towardsmarriageireland.com