Marriage in the Church of Ireland

So you want to get married in Church?

Well first of all congratulations that you have found true love!

For a marriage ceremony there are of course two options. You can either get married in a Civil Ceremony or in Church.

If you wish to get married in St Mary’s Church in Howth there are a number of steps you have to take.

First of all, one of you should be a member of the Church of Ireland or a Church with which the Church of Ireland is in communion.

Before finalising a date and any other arrangements, please consult the Rector, Rev Kevin Brew (Tel 01 8323 019). It may be that someone else has already booked the Church for that date (It has happened!) or the Rector has already booked his holidays for that date (That has also happened).

Are either of you divorced? This does not preclude marriage in Church but the Rector is required to consult with the Archbishop.

Now you can go ahead and finalise your reception and your honeymoon.

What else do you need to do?

You will need to meet with the Rector to discuss details of the Service, what you will need to include on any service sheet in terms of hymns, readings and prayers. You will also need to meet the organist, Randal Henly (tel 01 8323 647) to discuss the music for the service. The Service Sheet should not be printed until the final draft ahs been approved by the Rector

You will also need to make an appointment with the Civil Registrar of Marriages. This appointment must be made a MINIMUM of 3 months prior to the marriage. The Registrar will issue you with a Marriage Registration Form. This must be produced on the day of the marriage – the ceremony cannot proceed in law without it. It will be signed in the course of the ceremony. The couple then return that to the Marriage Registrar who will then issue you with a marriage certificate.

Is one of you a member of the Roman Catholic Church? If you wish to remain in good standing with your Church, you will need to seek dispensation – your local Parish Priest will be able to advise you what steps you need to take.

Getting married in Church is so expensive – what will it cost?

The only fees required by the Church are: Organist 150 euro - more may be charged if the material chosen requires extra rehearsal with a soloist. (If you chose to use someone other than the Parish Organist a fee of 150 euro is due to the Parish Organist)

Use of Church (Members of Howth Parish)150 euro. Others 300 euro. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Howth Parish’ and marked for Roof Fund. Sexton 80 euro

The Rector, Rev Kevin Brew, can be contacted at 01 8323 019 or He would be delighted to meet to discuss your marriage with you.

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