Have the wedding of your dreams at Kippure Estate

If you’re busy planning your wedding, you’ll know that you have more choice than ever when it comes to exchanging your vows. You may like a traditional church wedding or a more contemporary outdoor ceremony that reflects your unique style as a couple.

At Kippure Estate, we can accommodate different styles of wedding celebration for up to 200 guests.

Whatever type of wedding you’ve been dreaming of, Kippure Estate can make it happen. A licensed wedding venue, Kippure Estate gives you the option of an outdoor wedding set against the backdrop of acres of stunning countryside and mountains or, if you prefer, you can hold the ceremony in a local church before coming to Kippure to party the night away at your reception.

Your Wedding, Your Way

At Kippure, all decorations and flowers are included in the wedding package. However, if you want to put your own personal touch on the day, you can decorate the ritual space with additional flowers, balloons, or other decorations that are special to you, you can also provide your own signs to show your guests where to go or display the order of service.

We have a charming gazebo set in beautiful fields surrounded by woodland which makes a striking location to exchange your vows. The only limit is your imagination!

Your personalisation options aren’t just limited to setting and decor either. You have the freedom to choose the type of wedding that suits your personal beliefs. Although most weddings are officiated over by a parish priest or registrar, you may prefer to retain an independent celebrant instead. They will be able to put together a bespoke ceremony that uses your own vows and ideas to create a meaningful ceremony that reflects your wishes.

We can host:

  • Civil weddings and partnerships
  • Humanist ceremonies, a secular alternative to traditional weddings
  • Handfastings, particularly appealing to those who ascribe to nature based spiritualities

Although you will need to find your celebrant/registrar yourself, our wedding coordinators are on hand to help you transform your vision into reality. We only book one wedding per day, which means that you know that everyone will be focused on making sure your day goes exactly the way you want.

Choosing a Registrar

If you would like a legally binding, non-religious wedding ceremony, you will need to find a registrar to officiate. All our local registrars are listed at http://www.civilregistrationservice.ie/ Alternatively, officials from The Humanist Association http://humanism.ie, also have the legal right to perform the ceremony. If you prefer to use an independent celebrant, be aware that you may need to arrange a registry service as well if you want your wedding to be officially recognized.

Your registrar will need a minimum of 3 months’ notice and may have an even longer waiting list, so we advise that you book your registrar as soon as possible. Be aware that civil ceremonies may only be held during the week, i.e. Monday – Friday, so plan accordingly.

Speak to your Registrar

Once you’ve selected your registrar, you should meet with them to confirm your wedding plans and comply with the legal requirement to give 3 months’ notice. You can arrange this appointment online at www.crsappointments.ie.

You will need to take with you a number of legal documents, including both your passports, birth certificates, divorce certificate if you’ve been married previously, death certificate if you’re a widow/er and your PPS numbers, as well as the registrar’s fee. You may be asked to pay an extra fee if you’re getting married away from the registry office.

You’ll also be asked to confirm the date of your wedding, where you are getting married and the full names and dates of birth of your witnesses. After all the paperwork is done, you’ll receive a marriage registration form which shows that you’ve been authorised to get married. You’ll also be given some forms that need to be filled out by your chosen venue. Kippure Estate will handle this for you.

You may be asked to reconfirm that the wedding is taking place a month before the wedding, as well as finalise any readings or music. This is generally done by post.
Although we’re happy to advise you on what you need to do to arrange your wedding, we would always recommend that you speak to the relevant organisation directly if you have any further questions.

Arranging a Church Wedding

If you would like to have a traditional church wedding, Kippure Estate is the perfect location for your reception, with incredible views across the surrounding countryside and your choice of rooms.

There are a few things that you will need to do to arrange your church wedding and we would recommend you speak directly to your preferred priest to confirm everything you need to do. However, here’s a general outline of what you are likely to need to do.

Be Prepared

There is a lot of paperwork that needs to be completed before you can get married in a church. Each church has their own approach towards weddings, so it’s important to speak to your chosen parish priest as early as you can so that you know what you need to do. Unlike a civil ceremony, you can get married on almost any day, although you may need special permission to get married on a Sunday and you are not allowed to marry on a religious holiday, such as Christmas or Good Friday.

Many parish priests prefer to know the couple they are marrying, so if you aren’t local to Kippure Estate, it’s advisable to contact a local priest so that you can build up a relationship with them. This is doubly important if you have any special requests you’d like him to accommodate – talk to the priest about all your options.

It may be possible for your local priest to travel down to carry out the ceremony, but you will need to see permission from the parish priest first.

Complete the Paperwork

Even though you are having a religious wedding, you are required to register your marriage with the state. You should make an appointment with a Civil Registrar of Marriage at least 3 months in advance to confirm your chosen church, date and priest. You will then be issued with a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) that allows your wedding to go ahead.

Details of your nearest registrar can be found at http://www.civilregistrationservice.ie/

Your chosen parish priest also needs to see several documents. These may include:

  • Your MRF
  • Prenuptial enquiry form
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Confirmation
  • A letter of freedom from each parish you have lived in since the age of 18

If you are having a Catholic wedding, you need to sit a marriage preparation course and show your certificate of completion to the priest before your wedding day. If you’re Catholic but your partner isn’t, you will also need to arrange a special dispensation. If your partner is Christian but from another denomination, your priest should be able to do this for you. If your partner isn’t baptized or is an atheist or from another religion, you will need to go to the bishop of the diocese for a dispensation of disparity of cult.


Although there is no set fee for a church wedding, you may be expected to make a financial donation. Talk to your chosen parish priest about what this may be.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Kippure Estate for your wedding. We promise you that it will be a day you’ll never forget.

Contact our wedding team now to arrange a viewing or make a booking