At West Coast Weddings Ireland we are big supporters of marriage equality and today we share some Top Tips for Same Sex Weddings in Ireland.

Legalities ?

The process for a legal marriage in Ireland is easy and relatively straight forward although we do of course co ordinate the process for  our clients.  The initial submission can be done on line / by general mail from a far! Your legal wedding in Ireland is recognized all over the world.

Top Tips for same sex weddings Ireland

Where ?

You can host your same sex marriage at any of our amazing wedding venues including fairytale castles, stunning coastal havens, elegant boutique venues, majestic manors and wonderful resorts…Browse our venues West Coast Weddings Ireland Directory .

Who Will Marry Us?

There are lots of options for officiants, the trick will be finding the one who will provide a personal order of service with lots of scope for your input. Our partner officiant does beautiful Celtic ceremonies with lots of scope for the couple to personalize,wonderful & so Irish for your destination wedding Ireland.

Top Tips for same sex weddings Ireland

How Does the Marriage Ceremony Work?

Most officiants will co ordinate a beautiful, bespoke ceremony with some formalities for the legalities.

The basic components include:

  • Processional & Welcome
  • Declaration of Intent/Vows
  • Ring Exchange
  • Readings
  • Hand Fasting – a unique Celtic Ritual is a perfect ways to symbolize your union.
  • Pronouncement of Marriage

The officiant will give you lots of “sample” ceremony wording to work from.

Top Tips for same sex weddings Ireland

What Do We Wear ?

Just like any bride or groom, whatever you like! Some lesbian couples walk down the aisle in traditional wedding gowns and veils, complete with bridal bouquets, and some choose “tuxedas” (tuxedos designed for women). Men might choose traditional formalwear or lounge suits purchased especially for the occasion. You can wear identical ensembles or choose separate outfits that complement your individual styles. The bottom line – whatever style you choose, make it your own.

Can We Have a Wedding Party?

Of course! Traditionally, the maid of honour and best man are “witnesses” – they witness the legal marriage document along with the officiant.

Top Tips for same sex weddings Ireland

What About the Reception?

Some couples plan a relatively traditional formal reception with dinner, dancing, and the works. Others choose a more informal barbecue, buffet station event or a fabulous meal at a restaurant. If having a rehearsal dinner / welcome party our elite partner venues all offer great options for a formal dinner or a cocktail party or even an informal evening in an Irish pub!

Vendors and Style & Décor ?

West Coast Weddings Ireland amazing vendors will provide you with everything from entertainment to amazing flowers & décor and the all important gourmet wedding cake. Weddings are a great excuse to have lots of flowers whether using traditional wedding colours of white/ivory or being very brave with a rainbow of colour. The colour palette can all be carried through to the rest of your décor,stationery,attire & even the cake ! Check out our fabulously creative florist & all our other fantastic vendors : Vendor Directory.

The only limits are your imagination and personal taste.

Top Tips for same sex weddings Ireland


Every newly married couple should take a little rest & relaxation after the wedding! If you have a destination wedding on the West Coast of Ireland you can have your fairytale honeymoon & wedding in the one location!

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