What type of wedding ceremonies can be performed onsite at Larchfield Estate?
Couples intending to get married onsite at Larchfield Estate have the choice of a Civil Marriage or Partnership, Religious Ceremony or Humanist Ceremony.
A Civil Marriage or Partnership is where the local Registrar comes to Larchfield Estate and is basically a legally approved marriage ceremony that contains no religious aspects – the ceremony normally lasts no longer than c 15/20 minutes. Any music, readings or poems you may choose to use on the day must be nonreligious and have been agreed by the Registrar prior to the day of your marriage. This also applies to Civil Partnerships although there is no requirement in law for a ceremony as part of the legal process of forming a Civil Partnership. The Registration Team are normally happy for you to personalise your ceremony but it must have prior approval from the Registrar.
A Religious Ceremony can only be solemnised by a religious officiant authorised by the Registrar General under the Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003. If you plan on having a religious marriage, you should contact your officiant as soon as possible to check if he/she is able to officiate at the ceremony, as your officiant will have to sign your marriage notice forms. Every couple must give their Notice of Marriage to the Registrar in the district in which the marriage is taking place.
If you don’t have your own minister then please do get in touch with us as we have a list of retired/semi-retired ministers who would be more than happy to marry you onsite – this option gives you a bit more flexibility as to how the ceremony is performed and can usually be tailored to suit your taste.
A Humanist Ceremony focuses on your relationship and how it is seen by you and your partner and through the eyes of your family and friends. It celebrates your union by incorporating meaningful vows, readings and wedding rituals, none of which are religious in nature or have religious content. In Northern Ireland, the current legal position is that a Humanist Wedding or Partnership Ceremony must be supplemented by a process of obtaining a Civil Marriage or Partnership certificate through a Register Office.
Click here for further guidance on marriage procedures in Northern Ireland www.nidirect.gov.uk.