Where to propose in ireland 2023 updated
Read This Before Proposing in Ireland
Are thinking about proposing in Ireland? While a whirlwind proposal 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.
Ready to put a ring on it? If you are in a rush to run down the aisle, here is what you need to know about proposing or eloping in Ireland.
Proposing in Ireland Takes Planning
First things first lovebirds! 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). While this is not too hard to get your hands on everything 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.
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 HERE 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.
Finding the Perfect Spot
Of course, one of the first steps to eloping in Ireland is to find the perfect spot. Check out this Dublin wedding photography post for inspiration! There are so many beautiful places in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and all over the countryside that make fairytale 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 quickie ceremony in city hall if they don’t want to do a big wedding. While places like Dublin City Hall are absolutely stunning, they are not your only option.
You don’t need a wedding party or a long guest list to hold your big day at 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. Just check out these photos of some of the most drop-dead gorgeous wedding venues in Ireland.
Ready to get serious and propose in Ireland? Read this ultimate guide to planning your whirlwind wedding.
Ps: All images featured in this post were captured by Bruno Rosa
Industrial Space Wedding
The world has been loving industrial spaces for a while now. In fact, it has started to seem like every hot new bar or restaurant that opens is in an industrial space. As a wedding photographer in Ireland, I have started to notice that brides are embracing these types of spaces for their weddings too!
Ireland’s top wedding blog, One Fab Day, has put together a gorgeous selection of the best industrial wedding spaces in Ireland. Tracking down cool potential wedding venues in Dublin like The Guinness Storehouse and Smock Alley, and picturesque spaces like The Andrews Gallery and The Bridge at Titanic in Belfast, these industrial wedding venues are perfect for modern couples.
As a wedding photographer, one reason that I adore industrial spaces is that they are completely blank slates. Creative couples can come into these spaces and totally customise them in a way that you could never do a well-established space like a castle.
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