Eloping in Ireland: Top Things You Should Know

Are you and your someone special thinking about eloping in Ireland? While a whirlwind wedding on the Emerald Isle might sound romantic, there are a few things that you need to know before you can make your dreams a reality.

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Eloping in Ireland Takes Planning

First things first, love birds: If you are thinking about eloping in Ireland, it is essential to realise that advanced planning is a must. Anywhere in Ireland that offers secular, religious, or weddings of any kind will require you to have a Marriage Registration Form (MRF). Although it’s not too hard to get your hands on everything that’s needed, you will need to do some advanced planning.

You will want to plan to begin your application with the Irish government for the MRF at least three months before your wedding day (and there is still no guarantee that will be enough time). To meet the local government requirements, you will need to have several documents in order. If you are coming from abroad and thinking about eloping in Ireland, this could also mean getting a range of documents translated, so there is a lot to plan.

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If you aren’t currently in Ireland, you can request a mail-in application for your MRF. If you go this route, you will still need to visit the government office at least five days before you say “I do!” You will also have to pay a €200 fee. Visit the Irish government website for all of the details.

Tip – You can technically apply for your MRF with any Irish office that you want. Some offices, especially the one in Dublin, can get incredibly busy which causes long wait times. If you don’t mind travelling to another office, it can be a huge time saver.

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Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue

Of course, one of the first steps to eloping in Ireland is to find the perfect wedding venue. Check out this Dublin wedding photography site for inspiration! There are so many beautiful places in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and all over the countryside that make fairy tale wedding venues.

Whether you are eloping in Ireland or elsewhere, it is all about doing YOU! Follow your heart and go with your own style. All too often, couples assume that they should just do a quick ceremony in the city hall if they don’t want to do a big wedding. But, while places like Dublin City Hall are absolutely stunning, they are not your only option.

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You don’t need a wedding party or a long guest list to hold your big day in a grand venue. Although you might find some wedding venues in Ireland require a minimum size, many of them don’t.

In fact, you can tie the knot in some of the most beautiful wedding venues in the world with just the two of you or a handful of guests. From castles to manors to wine cellars, there are so many gorgeous wedding venues to choose from.

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