“A huge thank you for all your help, patience and support in making our wedding day so special. Your beautiful house is the most amazing venue for anyone to become husband and wife, and I’m sure we’ll be back in 25 years to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary! Thanks a million.”

Damien & Heather, Scotland

On-Site Civil Ceremonies

Important changes in Irish marriage law took effect from November 2007, meaning it is now possible for civil ceremony marriages to be held at venues in Ireland other than Registry Offices or Churches for the first time – subject to a number of conditions being met. So now the choice is yours as to whether you wish a more traditional Church Ceremony in one of the many churches in Kinsale and the surrounding villages, or whether you wish to have a civil marriage ceremony at our ideal Cork wedding venue.

At Ballinacurra House, Cork we were approved for our first civil wedding ceremonies in April 2008 which has paved the way for many couples to design the wedding they want to have and venue of their choice.

This has changed the way venues in Ireland operate and making those with extensive and private grounds an appealing alternative to the so called usual traditional church style weddings, making them the new ‘chapels of Ireland’.

All in the privacy of your own unique private estate for your bespoke wedding venue.

These civil marriage ceremonies can be performed by numerous officials – either a government appointed HSE Registrar, priests, ministers, rabbis, etc. – so long as they have the approval from the Irish Government to perform these ceremonies in a venue outside a church, and ‘provided the venue has been inspected and approved by the HSE in advance of the marriage ceremony’.

As one of the premier civil ceremony venues in Ireland we have hosted numerous civil ceremonies, civil weddings, blessings, humanist ceremonies and other multi-denominational ceremonies.

For further information on getting married in Ireland, you can go to the official Government site www.groireland.ie/getting_married.htm

For information on Same Sex Partnerships or Gay Civil Ceremonies, see our page under Private Weddings.

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