If you’ve decided to go ahead with your wedding ceremony but postponed the wedding reception to a later date due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, here’s some good news: you and your spouse will still be eligible for the Government marriage grant.

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In a notice published in the Government Gazette, couples who get married on one date but have their wedding reception at a later date – seeing as mass gatherings have been banned to contain the spread of the virus – will be able to claim the grant based on the later date.

Before the outbreak, the marriage grant, which is calculated on a pro-rata basis and offered to anyone getting married or entering a civil union, is made available for up to six months after the wedding.

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Extending the timeframe for claiming the grant gives couples some peace of mind that they’ll still get Government financial assistance once their wedding reception is held, up to a maximum of €2,000.

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