Frequently Asked Questions
Where can we get married overseas?
We can arrange your wedding in a wide variety of locations around the world; from a quaint Church in Rome to a beach in the Caribbean, or a safari in South Africa, to name but a few. Certain restrictions will apply based on the type of ceremony you require. We can advise you of the options available at the time of enquiry.
How much will it cost us?
Generally weddings abroad are cheaper than holding your wedding & reception in Ireland ? and your honeymoon is included! Please click here to see sample packages we can offer.
How far in advance should we book our ceremony?
Curragh Travel can reserve your wedding date up to a year in advance depending on the destination.
Once you have a date in mind, it is advisable to contact your local Parish Priest. For Catholic ceremonies, we recommend that you allow at least 6 months for paperwork to be completed.
The Department of Foreign affairs in Ireland will require at least 4 months to complete the required documentation.
Who arranges our wedding?
At Curragh Travel, we work closely with the Priests and wedding co-ordinators in your chosen destination to ensure your wedding day is a most memorable and enjoyable experience. In certain destinations on arrival the wedding co-ordinator will contact you to arrange a pre-wedding meeting and to answer any last minute questions or requests that you may have.
When can we be married?
Wedding ceremonies normally take place from Monday to Friday excluding local holidays. In some destinations local holidays and festivals may determine your wedding date.
How long do we need to be in the country before we can get married?
The minimum residency requirement varies depending on the destination. However we recommend that even if there is no minimum requirement that you are in the country at least 3 days prior to the ceremony. You should give yourself sufficient time to settle into your new surroundings, recover from jet lag and to organise any last minute extras that you may require.
Who will conduct our ceremony?
The local Parish Priest will always celebrate Catholic weddings.
A marriage officer whose title depends varying on the resort ?
Celebrant / Mayor / Registrar, conducts civil weddings.
Is our marriage legally recognised in Ireland?
Yes. Church weddings are recognised by both the Church and the State, while civil weddings are recognised solely by the state. Your marriage will be governed by the laws of the Country in which you are married.
What are the legal requirements?
Legal requirements vary from country to country.
For Catholic wedding ceremonies the couple must contact their local Parish Priest to advise him of their intention to marry abroad. The Priest will advise the couple of all the documentation that he requires.
For civil wedding ceremonies the couple must contact the Department of Foreign Affairs to obtain a Civil letter of Freedom where applicable.
At the time of booking Curragh Travel will advise you of the legal requirements for each destination. However the onus is on each individual couple to ensure that all their paperwork is correct and in resort in sufficient time for the documentation to be registered.
Will we have to complete paperwork when we arrive?
Yes. In addition to the paperwork completed prior to travelling, once you arrive at your wedding location, your wedding co-ordinator will advise you of the additional paperwork that may need to be completed.
How can we book wedding extras?
Depending on your wedding package the bride?s bouquet and groom?s buttonhole maybe included. At the time of confirmation Curragh Travel will provide you with a list of pre-bookable wedding extras that are specific to your destination.
How do we transport our wedding outfits?
Generally, airlines do not allow an extra baggage allowance for wedding couples. We recommend that you check with the Bridal Boutique/Suit Hire Company for their suggestions. **It is a good idea to use plastic hangers for your garments, as if you are carrying them as hand luggage, you will not be permitted to bring metal hangers through security**
Where can we have my wedding reception?
There are numerous options available for your wedding reception; Curragh Travel can arrange your reception in certain accommodations that can be advised at time of booking. Depending on your destination the wedding co-ordinator can recommend local restaurants to suit your budget and requirements. Alternatively the couple are free to make their own arrangements.
Can we invite guests to our wedding?
Yes! Simply let us know how many guests will be attending and we can make the relevant arrangements. If you are getting married in the Caribbean in an all-inclusive resort, guests not resident in the hotel may need to purchase a day pass to attend the celebrations. Also, some hotels may be adult only therefore children under the age of 16 may not be able to attend the wedding. We can advise you of this at the time of enquiry.
Where can we find out more?
The Curragh Travel Weddings Away brochure is available. Please see our brochure request link to request a copy.
For expert advice, you can call one of our wedding consultants on 045 447575 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org