Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

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Good news this week from the Attorney General’s Office with clarification that wedding ceremonies can now be held outside. While the Castle was an approved venue for civil ceremonies since 2008 new rules came into effect in 2013 which permitted Humanists to perform legally binding ceremonies at such venues in addition to State Registrars. Registrars insisted that such ceremonies be performed inside the approved venues but Humanists were more flexible in their approach and allowed the ceremonies to take place outside venues leading to delightful ceremonies which were particular to each couple and allowed for beautiful backdrops to be used to great effect. This meant that we had beautiful ceremonies on the terrace of the Castle overlooking the River Valley or on the lawn of the Castle. The HSE which regulates such matters ruled recently that the ceremonies must take place inside which threw quite a number of wedding arrangements up in the air. Fortunately sense prevailed with the welcome ruling from the Attorney General that such ceremonies could indeed be performed outside. Sheila was interviewed on the subject this week by John Murray of RTE’s The John Murray Show and you can listen to that interview here. Now all we need is favourable weather for the remainder of this year’s outdoor ceremonies!

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A beautiful ceremony conducted on the lawn of the Castle last June.

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