HSE Press Release, February 12th, 2020
Meet the HSE Civil Registration Service at Dublin’s City Hall Open Day, Valentine’s weekend, Saturday, February 15th, 1.00pm – 5.00pm
“City Hall is a spectacular city centre venue for couples seeking grandeur on their wedding day.” - Louise Dodrill, Executive Registrar, Eastern Region, HSE Civil Registration Service
February 12th, 2020: Getting married in Ireland and unsure of where to start? Why don’t you talk to one of our Civil Registrars at the Dublin’s City Hall Wedding Open Day this Valentine’s weekend to find out more and, you could even book your big day!
Ireland’s Civil Registration Service, which is managed by the HSE, is the only service that can legally officiate Civil Ceremonies. Our Registrars have a wealth of experience and can guide you step by step through the paperwork requirements, putting any worries at ease. It’s not all about paperwork though, with bespoke Civil Ceremonies catered for.
As well as creating ceremonies to match personal tastes, the Civil Registration Service offers great value for money. Couples can opt for free civil ceremonies at one of the country’s Registry Offices. There is a Registry Office in every county in the country. Couples can attend any office regardless of where they live. Off-site civil ceremonies are also available in HSE approved venues, chosen by the couple for an additional fee. Currently, in the Eastern Region (Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow), there are over 240 approved wedding venues ranging from hotels to Castles or Stately Homes and of course, Dublin’s prestigious City Hall. Off-site fees for these venues cost between €100 and €250.
City Hall hosts approximately 140 weddings a year and Louise Dodrill, Executive Registrar, Eastern Region, HSE Civil Registration Service says: “City Hall is a spectacular city centre venue for couples seeking grandeur on their wedding day. The Rotunda room, where weddings take place, has been restored to its original architectural splendour and is steeped in history.”
Weddings at the country’s Registry Offices can last up to 30 minutes, with couples choosing their own music, readings and vows. Off-site civil ceremonies allow for even more personalisation. “The most popular additions I would see are candle-lighting ceremonies, sand blending, or the Celtic tradition of hand fasting. Couples are more than welcome to include any traditional or cultural element to their ceremony that they feel important to them and their families.
Last updated on: 12 / 02 / 2020