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Coastal Ceremonies

What services can Coastal Ceremonies offer?
In Coastal Ceremonies, we can provide celebrant services as we are accredited celebrants who can officiate at your symbolic ceremony in your venue of choice.  We travel nationwide.
We can also provide Wedding Planning Services and we have packages to suit all requirements and budgets from micro weddings, elopements and vow renewals.  We work with a talented group of local suppliers and amazing venues and can help you plan your dream wedding or vow renewal.
Depending on availability, we can be booked 7 days a week. Coastal Ceremonies are based in Co. Clare with the Wild Atlantic Way on our doorstep so there are no shortage of amazing places to have your special day.  From hotels, restaurants, beaches, cliffs, the choices are endless.
Coastal Ceremonies Celebrants

Our role as accredited celebrants is to ensure your ceremony reflects you both as a couple. Coastal Ceremonies can help you bring your ideas and vision to life and create a ceremony that you and your guests will never forget.  We can conduct many types of wedding ceremonies and include any cultural additions or traditions that are meaningful to you both, such as hand fasting, sand ceremony and so on.  Coastal Ceremonies can also officiate at a vow renewal or a baby naming ceremony.

Depending on availability, we can be booked 7 days a week. Coastal Ceremonies are based in Co. Clare with the Wild Atlantic Way on our doorstep so there are no shortage of amazing places to have your ceremony.  From hotels, restaurants, beaches, cliffs, the choices are endless.

What is the process once we book a celebrant from Coastal Ceremonies?
Once you have booked Coastal Ceremonies to officiate your ceremony, we will arrange a face to face meeting or video call which usually takes around 1 ½ hours to 2 hours.  During this consultation we talk through your ceremony from start to finish; what ideas you both have, who you want to include in your ceremony, what readings you were thinking about, the music you both love, ceremony enhancements you would like to include and so on.   Coastal Ceremonies have so many resources for you to use; a booklet of suggested poems, readings and song lyrics, advice on how to write your own vows if you so wish and details about the ceremony enhancements we can include.
After our consultation we write and create your ceremony from scratch and send you the first draft for your review. We plan a final call a few weeks before your ceremony where we finalise the ceremony and logistics.  Coastal Ceremonies will be at your venue an hour before the start of the ceremony to ensure all is in hand and to reassure anyone with last minute nerves.  We are available to chat, email, meet from the first day we talk right up to the day itself.
How much input do we have in to the ceremony?

Coastal Ceremonies will work with you to provide advice, suggestions and resources and will write the full ceremony from start to finish for you both with your input. It is your day and whether we are writing a wedding ceremony, commitment ceremony, vow renewal or baby naming ceremony, you have full control. Your Ceremony, Your Way.

Will our ceremony be legally binding?
At present, under the “Marriage Provisions of Civil Registration Act 2004” IIOC celebrants have not been granted the authority to legally sign your marriage certificate. However, we do anticipate this changing.
Because we are not legally permitted to sign your marriage certificate, we are able to conduct your dream wedding ceremony in your choice of venue with very limited restrictions.  If you want to get married on the Cliffs of Moher, in your back garden, or on the grounds of a castle, we can conduct your ceremony.  The choices are endless (almost!).
How do we get married legally in Ireland?
All of the information on legal marriages in Ireland is on the HSE website. Irrespective of whether you are an Irish citizen or a foreign national, anyone marrying in Ireland must give three months notification before they marry. You must make this notification in person to any Registrar.
There are different legal ways of getting married in Ireland; you may choose a religious ceremony, a secular (non-religious) ceremony or a civil (legal) ceremony.  Whatever way you choose to marry, (i.e., through a civil, secular or religious ceremony), the registration process is the same.
You are issued with a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) by the Registrar, following the notification appointment, which gives you authorisation to get married.  This document is then passed onto a HSE registered solemniser, who will witness the signing of this document so if you are legally marrying at a Registry office, this signing will take place there.
If you choose a celebrant from Coastal Ceremonies, you can complete the legal signing at a registry office before or after your dream ceremony. This means that you would need to arrange an initial appointment with the HSE to give notification (which everyone has to do), then later a second appointment to sign your legal documents.
What is a civil marriage?

A religious marriage is a ceremony that takes place in a church, but it is followed by the signing of the civil marriage register, which is the civil (or legally binding) part. A civil marriage takes place in a registry office or other approved venue, and can also incorporate a celebrant to perform a ceremony for family and friends.

Requirements for Marriage?

If you are an Irish citizen and normally resident in Ireland, you must be at least 18 years old to get married. The age rule remains the same, irrespective of whether or not you are married in a religious, secular or civil ceremony. Additionally you must also have the capacity to marry which means you must freely consent to the marriage and have the capacity to understand what marriage means. There is no requirement to live in the specific district where you want to get married.

What are your fees and when do you require payment.
Our fees for a wedding ceremony, an elopement or a commitment ceremony are €500 * which include the initial consultation, ceremony creation and celebrating your wedding.
Our fees for a vow renewal ceremony are €500 * which include the initial consultation, ceremony creation and officiating your ceremony.
Our fees for a baby naming ceremony are €350 * which include the initial consultation, ceremony creation and officiating your ceremony.
A booking fee (which is non refundable) of €200 is required to secure your ceremony date and can be paid by cash, cheque, bank transfer** or PayPal**. The remaining balance is paid at least four weeks in advance of the scheduled ceremony.
*Depending on the location of your ceremony there may be travel and accommodation expenses.
** Please note, there will be a small administration cost added to the total cost if you choose to pay by bank transfer (bank dependent)  or PayPal.
Coastal Ceremonies Wedding Planning Services

If you are planning your ceremony from home or abroad, or eloping, or just don’t know where to start with choosing venues, musicians, photographers, make-up artists and so on, Coastal Ceremonies can work with you to manage your big day from start to finish. We have packages for micro weddings, elopements and vow renewals and work with fantastic local suppliers to ensure your dream day is a reality.   Please contact Susan on susan@coastalceremonies.ie who would love to talk through your requirements.   

Why hire Coastal Ceremonies to plan our wedding?

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming; where do you start, how do you find local wedding suppliers, and what should your priorities be? With our wedding planning service we can be that objective eye, someone that is not emotionally involved which means that your wedding day can result in the wedding that exceeds your expectations without breaking your budget.

What does a wedding planner from Coastal Ceremonies do?

We are responsible from the initial planning to supervising the finer details on the day. This ensures everything happens on time based on the wedding day itinerary which we plan together. As an experienced professional who has planned over 300 weddings, I will bring my experience and knowledge of the wedding industry into your wedding plans. I will be with you every step of the way, managing any issues that may arise, while having fun along the way.

What type of packages do you offer?

We offer 3 packages; Micro Weddings, Elopements and Renewal of Vows Packages. We can also customize packages to meet specific needs if you wish.

What's your secret for staying calm under pressure?

I have been described as a swan; cool and calm under pressure while peddling like mad underneath!  I am extremely organised and methodical, it’s about staying one step ahead of things at all times. I have learnt over the years never to be complacent which ensures everything goes smoothly.

How can I find out more about your wedding planning services and packages?

I would love to answer any questions you have. Please email or call directly and we can schedule a free, no obligation consultation with you. You can contact me on susan@coastalceremonies.ie or +353 86 3436813

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

~ When Harry Met Sally