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July 1, 2010 12:46 PM Subscribe
Help me plan a cheap as possible wedding in Ireland.
My fiance and I live in Prague, Czech Republic. I am American and he is Irish. The cheapest possible civil ceremony we can have here is 1000 euro at town hall. To be married in a nice garden with a civil ceremony and about 40 guests is about 2200 US dollars. 730 dollars of that is just for the Czech paperwork and translation.
All of this fits well into my very small budget. The problem is that the crazy Czech laws require that a civil ceremony be in Czech (with a translator) and there can be no changes to wording and nothing added! My fiance and I want to say our vows in Irish and this is not allowed. The only way to have an English language ceremony is for Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish ceremonies. Anything else is not allowed. We are not religious and would prefer a civil ceremony.
I'm now considering getting married in Ireland or any other country in western Europe that will allows us to have a simple civil ceremony in a nice garden location in English. His family lives in County Leitrim, Ireland but travel to anywhere in Ireland is not a problem for them.
Ireland is expensive. Help me! I just need a small wedding in a pretty garden without spending more than 2000 US dollars. My biggest expense is going to be the reception/dinner so the ceremony and paperwork can't be more than 2000.