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ARE YOU DREAMING OF PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING IN IRELAND?

ARE YOU DREAMING OF PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING IN IRELAND?

OUR EMERALD ISLE

OUR EMERALD ISLE

With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, and as we look forward to another unique celebration of Irish culture around the world, we thought it was the perfect time to shine a spotlight on our beautiful island of Ireland, its culture and traditions, and why it is such an incredibly popular wedding destination for people from all around the globe.

Each and every year the world shows up to acknowledge our beautiful Emerald Isle for St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. The global link with Ireland has been kept alive for generations, and through a myriad of exciting annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Irish culture has been introduced and celebrated by millions throughout the world.


To many people, St. Patrick’s Day has come to represent Irish culture and identity, with its origins in the Irish emigrant communities in the United States. Today there are over 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish heritage and our national holiday is the perfect time for people right across the world to celebrate the unique culture, language, and music of our nation.


We have created the most magical experiences in the most spectacular venues in Ireland. Our magnificent portfolio is testament to our unlimited capabilities and innovative imagination. For those of you dreaming of travelling or planning a destination wedding in Ireland, we are embracing this opportunity to share the captivating magic of The Emerald Isle and everything it has to offer...

WHY IRELAND IS A DREAM DESTINATION WEDDING LOCATION…

Do you dream of a clifftop ceremony echoed with the sound of the crashing waves below or do you envisage the sweeping feel of your gown as you glide through the doors of a majestic cathedral?

There are so many beautiful locations and wedding venues to choose from and you are only ever a plane ride away from exploring our charming little island. As one of Ireland’s leading destination wedding planners, we take pride in sharing our magical experiences with you so you can see the true beauty of the Emerald Isle.

Home to authentic castles, historical churches and beautiful countryside, rolling hills and a rugged, romantic wilderness found nowhere else on earth, there is simply no other place in the world that can encompass so many different factors that come together to make your wedding truly magical. With over 900 miles of coastline around the island, breathtaking scenery, an abundance of historical locations and a nation known for our hospitality, warmth and fun-loving ways, Ireland has cemented itself as an unparalleled and epic luxury destination for dream weddings and unforgettable events.

By sharing the beauty of our fabulous island with the world, our wish is to ignite excitement in the hope that someday soon we will be able to explore, enjoy and celebrate special times with our family and friends.

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Irish Wedding Venues and Locations:

If you choose to get married in Ireland, you will have a wealth of venues and locations to choose from, whatever your taste may be. Olivia Buckley International have created experiences at countless dream locations, from private islands, exclusive castles and five-star venues, to historical sites and enchanted forest settings. Ireland is unparalleled when it comes to unique wedding venues that offer exclusivity and privacy to couples who wish to get married here.

Read more here about some of the beautiful venues in Ireland that we have had the pleasure of working in.

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Irish Wedding Traditions and Blessings:

Did you know that Ireland is famous for some of the most beautiful and romantic wedding traditions in the world? From traditional hand-fasting in spiritual ceremonies and secular humanist ceremonies, to registry office civil ceremonies and celebrant-led blessings, getting married in Ireland can be as unique as you and your partner desire. The mix of ancient and modern rituals is a huge attraction, and we adore designing events that incorporate cutting edge ideas with heartfelt traditional elements.

The Handfasting Ceremony :

Hand-fasting is a Celtic tradition that dates back more than 2,000 years and can be incorporated beautifully into modern ceremonies.

In ancient times, two people who wanted to be married were brought together. The couple, facing each other, would extend their arms and clasp hands. A braided cord or ribbon was wrapped loosely around their hands while the priest proclaimed them engaged for one year, during which they lived together and tested out marriage. After the period of one year was over, the engaged couple would return to the priest to declare their intent to be married, which would follow soon after. Their lives were then symbolically tied together, with bonds so strong they would not be broken. As the years passed, hand-fasting ceremonies grew significantly more popular among couples celebrating their marriage and, before long, other cultures and religions began adopting the ancient practice.

Today, the Irish hand-fasting ceremony is primarily performed during Scottish and Irish weddings, however brides and grooms from all around the globe can make this symbolic tradition part of their own celebrations, often choosing colourful variations of ribbons which have significant and symbolic meanings to them. Couples mainly choose to add this traditional ceremony to their own nuptials because of what it represents - tying the knot in front of their family and friends.

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The Child of Prague:

The Child of Prague, a small wax medieval statue of the Christ child, adorned in elaborate robes, is a very interesting Irish tradition.

Years ago, reproductions of the statue were often found in the majority of Catholic homes around Ireland. The statue was called upon for help to ensure good weather for family get togethers such as weddings and special occasions, when the couples themselves or their families would place their faith in the child of Prague to aid good weather.

The devotion to the small replica statues of the Infant of Prague became popular in Ireland in the late 19th to early 20th century in Ireland. Over the years the statue has become significantly linked to Irish wedding customs. Although there are some variations, most customs insist on placing the statue outside of the bride's house under a hedge in the garden to guarantee fine weather. Some people say the statue needs to be outside the church where the wedding is to take place as this custom developed from a belief that the statue can aid or control the weather.

Unity candle ceremony:

The Unity Candle ceremony is the lighting of candles to symbolise the joining of two families. The outside taper candles represent the families of the bride and groom, and the larger centre pillar candle represents the new family that will be formed by the marriage.

Traditionally, a member of each family lights the outside candles before the ceremony. The light of the single centre candle in unison by the bride and groom represents that they, as individuals, are joining as one. The quenching of the individual taper candles symbolises their intent to sublimate their individual needs to the greater good of their union.

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The Legalities:

Here is a simple guide on legal requirements and documentation that you will need when getting married in Ireland.

A. Marriage Registration Form (MRF)

The Marriage Registration Form (MRF) is a marriage license and is a necessity if you're going to be getting married in Ireland. If you or your spouse lives outside of Ireland, you will need to make a request from the registration office here for a mail-in registration for your Marriage Registration Form (MRF). All couples must give their intention to marry at least three months before they plan to do so. This notification must be given in person to any Registrar, whether you want to be married in a religious, secular, or civil ceremony. If either party is not an Irish citizen, you may be asked to provide a Letter or Certificate of Freedom to Marry or other documentary confirmation of your civil status from your country of origin. The team at Olivia Buckley International can easily advise and guide you through this process should you choose to get married in Ireland.

B. Your wedding venue and date

As a general rule, Catholic weddings tend to take place outside of Sundays. Civil ceremonies can only be held during the week but not on weekends. Secular or spiritualist weddings can take place on Saturdays and Sundays. If you're opting not to get married in a church or a registry office, you'll need to make sure that your venue meets the requirements of the HSE. If you are having had a legal ceremony elsewhere and just wish to have a blessing, then this will be an exception.

C. Documentation and Visas

Currently, if you are from the United Kingdom, North America, Brazil, South Korea, South Africa, the European Union, and a range of other countries, you do not need to get a wedding visa. If you are from a visa-required country, however, it is essential to allow time to get your documentation in order before making travel plans. Some of the documentation that may be required at the airport before entering the country include your passport, marriage visa, acknowledgement from the Registrar of Civil Marriages, and all of the supporting documents that you used to acquire these forms. It is essential that all of your documents are in English or have been translated from an independent verifiable translation company. As a side note, for couples who are considering travelling to Northern Ireland (highly recommended), please note that it is part of the United Kingdom and you will need a UK visa to visit the country.

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How can we help?

With over 20 years of experience in the events industry, Olivia Buckley International specialises in destination wedding planning and design. Renowned for curating large-scale events, and one of the leading wedding planners in Ireland, Olivia Buckley International has become synonymous with luxury events and destination weddings. Our expertise, local knowledge, and years of experience in the wedding and events industry means that we can provide an extensive event management service which allows our clients to enjoy a seamless and enjoyable wedding planning experience.

Visit our Destination Weddings page to read more about choosing Olivia Buckley International as your destination wedding planning company.

Read an interview here with Olivia Buckley International clients Juliana and Ryan, where they talk about their experience of getting married in Ireland and planning their dream destination wedding from abroad.

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At a Glance:

 

Official name: Éire, Republic of Ireland.

Languages Spoken: English and Gaelic (Irish)

Religions: Predominantly Christian (especially Catholic and Protestant)

Currency: Euro (€)

Capital City: Dublin

International Airports: Dublin, Shannon

Climate: Mild

Timezone: GMT+5

History: Irish Castles and Churches dating back to the twelfth century.

 Visitor Experiences: The Guinness Storehouse, The Burren, The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle and The Rock of Cashel. 

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