Up until recently legislation was not clear enough of where a civil ceremony could take place. Many guidelines were set up that the venue needed to follow if couples were to decide against the typical registry office ceremony.
Some guidelines included:
- The venue in which the ceremony room is situated must conform to all the requirements of any venue open to the public in respect of planning permission, certificate of fire safety, and must meet all relevant health and safety requirements.
- The venue must have no recent or continuing connection with any religion, religious practice or religious persuasion which would be incompatible with the use of the venue for the solemnization of civil marriages.
- The place in which marriage may be solemnized must be a fixed structure that is clearly identifiable by description and location as a distinct part of a venue.
Earlier this year a couple who wanted to have their ceremony outside in the gardens of a hotel and were refused decided to take action enlisting the help of Warren Parkes Solicitors. This led to the clarification that outdoor venues could in fact be used as long as they were open to the public and complied with the other requirements stated in the act.
See http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Getting_Married.aspx#sect2 for more info on guidelines and requirements.
The opportunities are now endless for couples ready to take the risk of the ever changing weather in Ireland from Bantry House in Bantry, Co.Cork or Muckross House, Killarney, Co.Kerry
For more inspiration be sure to check out this great article about the best outdoor spots in Ireland for your civil ceremonies
So let us know if there’s an outdoor spot that you’ve your eye on for your special day