Pierce Brosnan did it in an 800-year-old Abbey. The Beckhams did it on matching thrones. Heather Mills and Paul McCartney did it beside a lake with fireworks, and Dita Von Teese did it wearing purple.
So what were these celebrities up to? They were each having a spectacular wedding in Ireland, that’s what!
The island of Ireland is a magical setting for nuptials (I can vouch that us locals think so too). The happy couple obviously love the place, and I think it would be pretty fair to say that guests invited from across the sea are probably, er, almost as thrilled as the bride-and-groom-to be at the excuse to take a little jaunt over here. So what’s the story with the paperwork if you want to do a Dita over here?
The residency condition that required people come to the island of Ireland for a few days before and after the wedding has been scrapped. Just remember to give three months notice to marry to the Registrar. Now the Republic is all set up for his&his and hers&hers ceremonies, with a new law that will allow civil registrations for same-sex couples by early 2011. Northern Ireland has allowed civil partnerships since 2004.
Besides churches and other religious buildings, you can have a civil ceremony almost anywhere that’s a fixed structure with public access. So the grand backdrop of a castle, like the host to Paul and Heather’s $3.2m extravaganza Castle Leslie, or the Beckhams’ lavish Luttrellstown Castle, is of course game, but so are a lot of other quirky venues.
Animal lovers might fancy Dublin Zoo; those needing Dutch courage to get the words out have the Guinness Storehouse brewery; and sports fanatics have Croke Park stadium. You can tick the ‘something old’ box by marrying in the Ulster Museum or ‘something blue’ box with the breathtaking views of the Atlantic from the cliff-edge Mussenden Temple. You can even get married in the new Titanic Belfast building, and have the happy ending that Jack and Rose never did.
So we’ll supply the romantic venue, you supply your beloved, and you may kiss the bride, and the Blarney Stone while you’re at it!
If you’ve already tied the knot, Ireland makes a great place to bring your honey! We have loads of ideas on where to go on honeymoon in Ireland.
Did you know Ireland is quite the land of legendary love? This Valentine’s Day, we told the stories of romantic Ireland.