Wedding & Commitment Ceremonies

Firstly congratulations! The journey to your wedding day / commitment ceremony is best parts exciting and some parts stressful – your wedding day should be fun and full of love – that’s where we come in.


As Ethical Celebrants we offer unique wedding ceremonies, created with the greatest attention and care.  Each ceremony is a love letter to the couple’s journey together, with their love story at its heart.  Starting with a blank page, the possibilities are endless and the only limitation is your imagination!


Please note IECS Celebrants do not have solemnising status in relation to marriages.  This is a choice we have made in line with other EU countries as we do not wish to be affiliated exclusively with religious or secular groups. This leaves us open to provide a truly unique service. You can find all of the information here on the HSE requirements to make your marriage legal in Ireland.


We offer an array of ceremony enhancements/rituals to really personalise your ceremony. Examples of some of the most popular rituals are listed below:

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There is a huge growing trend in incorporating old Irish traditions into wedding ceremonies and couples are choosing to ‘tie the knot’ more and more. Handfasting dates back to Celtic times and in Brehon law a marriage was made official by the binding of hands.


The ceremony can be amended to suit individual tastes. You can use one cord (in a material of your choosing) and have the hands wrapped by the celebrant or you can choose a variety of colours and have a selection of your guests lay them over the hands. Each colour represents a gift or blessing bestowed upon the marriage. This can be a lovely way to include family and friends in the ceremony.


It usually happens after the ring exchange and the photographer can get some nice shots of the hands wrapped in bright coloured ribbons with the wedding rings on. The ties represent the bind of the vows made and the knot represents the union of the two coming together as one.

Candle Ritual

A unity candle ritual / ceremony is a lovely addition to any marriage ceremony as it symbolises the light which is given to each of you by your respective family members to light your path together.


A unity candle set consists of two slender candles and a large centre candle. Usually the candles are white in colour. The Unity Candle Ceremony is a popular choice for both religious and non-religious ceremonies because it is non-denominational and has no religious significance.


The two outer candles represent the couple’s individual lives before joining in marriage. They represent all that you are and all that you have ever been, they also represent your individual families. Each of the couple take a single candle and light the centre candle, signifying the coming together as one.


Family members and close friends can be incorporated in the ceremony. A piece of music or a reciting of a poem / verse can complement the ceremony – your celebrant can supply ideas from an extensive library of resources.

Sand Ritual

A Sand ritual or Blending of the Sand is a unique way to symbolize two lives becoming one.  Usually In religious or spiritual ceremonies, there is a joining of two or more coloured sands. The couple’s individual lives are represented by separate coloured sands in separate containers which are poured in layers into a larger centre container. As the sands intermix the grains become indistinguishable and can never again be separated. The parts of each person’s life, their talents, character traits, sets of friends and all that they bring form part of the rich tapestry of the whole union.


Some couples choose colours to represent their family crests, their sports team, their nationalities or just their favourite colours. The large container is sealed at the end and is kept as a treasured memento of the marriage ceremony.


This is also a wonderful way to include children. They can be given their own container with their own unique colour to represent their part in the family as a whole. Having said that, if they are very young the sand may actually end up anywhere but the container – this does have its charm too.

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sand ceremony

Our Ethical Celebrants are available to discuss your requirements on consultation

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