If your client gets married abroad will the marriage be recognised by Irish Law and do the couple need to register their marriage in Ireland on their return?
Marriages which take place outside the State are normally registered in the country in which they occur and are not registered in Ireland by a Registrar or the General Register Office. Couples marrying abroad should ensure that all the legal requirements of the country in question are met, and should enquire as to the procedure for obtaining a marriage certificate from that country – the relevant Embassy/or religious authorities may be able to advise. If a marriage certificate is in a foreign language, it should normally be accepted for official purposes in Ireland if accompanied by an official translation, or a translation from a recognised translation agency. Both parties to a marriage contracted abroad must be over 18 for the marriage to be valid in Irish law. The General Register Office has no function in advising on, or in the registration of marriages which take place outside the State. There is no facility for registering such marriages in the State, and the civil marriage certificate would normally be accepted as the legal proof of the marriage. So basically if a couple adhere to the legal requirements of the country they get married in, their marriage is recognised in Ireland and the wedding certificates they received are enough proof.