Can you perform the legal aspect of our marriage?
Yes! I am a Registered Solemniser with the HSE
How is that different from a Humanist wedding?
In short the difference is that if you want you can mention God…by whatever name you chose. I aim to create ceremonies with couples that really touch people’s hearts and give all present a sense of God/ Spirit being with them on the day. And to do all that with a light touch, in a way that’s sincere and natural, and leaves plenty of room for the laughter and joy of the day too!
If we’d like to go ahead, what happens next?
Here's a list of possible next steps, though this can change and flex as needed.
We meet for an initial half hour chat to see if there’s a fit. You can book that on https://www.patriciahiggins.ie/weddings
Once you decide to go ahead, you can reserve the date by paying €100 deposit
You complete a questionnaire, which i send on to help me get to know you and your story better
We meet to discuss the ceremony once you return the questionnaire. I then draft the ceremony & give it to you to review
We meet and agree changes and I finalise ceremony – final revisions by email/ phone
I arrrive early on day of ceremony and am available for run-throughs with any of guests involved in ceremony.
We hold the ceremony!
We have an optional check in by zoom, (a few weeks post honeymoon), to see how you felt it all went.
All of the steps – aside from the ceremony itself (!) can happen online. However, if at all possible, I like to meet you both in the venue so that we are all clear how the ceremony will flow in the actual venue.
Which areas do you cover?
I am living in Donegal, but happy to host a ceremony anywhere in the country. ( For travel to venues beyond Donegal or Greater Dublin area, a mileage charge would apply)
And how is it different from a Civil wedding?
A further difference from a registry office wedding is that I am available any day of week, including weekends, to solemnise your wedding at any venue of your choosing = as long as it is compliant with Section 52 of the Civil Registrations Act 2004, ie that it takes place at an identifiable address which is open to the general public.
What days are you available?
I can legally hold weddings on any day of the year, at any time of day or night!
What does Interfaith Minister mean?
I have trained in Interfaith Ministry, to create ceremonies with people from all faith traditions, and from none. I am authorised as a Religious Solemniser because of my ministry training, however this classification does not mean there has to be any explicit religious elements in your ceremony. The reason I trained as a minister was to work with people no longer feel comfortable in a Church setting, but still want some aspect of the faith/ God they grew up with reflected in their ceremonies.
How much do you charge?
My current fee is €550 which includes any meetings, revisions and support on the day of the wedding. If you are within either Inishowen or Derry City areas, or the Greater Dublin area, then there will be no travel costs. Outside these areas, a mileage fee of 40c/km will apply.
What if we are already married legally, and just want a ceremony to gather friends?
The process will be much the same - the focus will be on working with you to have a ceremony that allows you to celebrate your love for each other with those who love you. The major pratical difference is that as there is more freedom around the contents of the ceremony as it does not have to include the legal binding parts. The requirements around venue also no longer apply, and so it can be anywhere you would like - in your back garden, a secret beach, a hill top, wherever!