Saturday, August 30, 2008

General [Catholic] Church Wedding Requirements

adapted from Weddings At Work

1. Baptismal and confirmation certificates -- both the bride’s and the groom’s. These must be new copies, must have an annotation: “FOR MARRIAGE PURPOSES ONLY,” and must have been secured not more than three (3) months before the date of marriage.

For MIXED MARRIAGES (bride/groom comes from a different religion), a dispensation must be secured from the Archdiocesan Chancery Office at the Arzobispado de Manila, 121 Arzobispo St., Intramuros, Manila. These have to be submitted one week before the wedding. You may inquire from your local Parish office regarding the necessary forms.

2. Marriage License -- can be secured from the city or municipality hall where the bride or the groom currently resides. For those who have had a civil wedding, a certified true photocopy of the Marriage Contract (with the registry number of the city or town where the marriage was performed) must be submitted one week before the wedding date.

3. Canonical Interview -- an interview with the bride and the groom, to be conducted by the parish priest one month before the wedding date. The schedule of the interview will be given upon the signing of the application form.

4. Pre-Marriage Seminar (Pre-Cana) -- should be attended by both the bride and the groom. Many parishes schedule regular pre-Cana seminars; you may inquire at the parish office for the available schedules. Some churches also allow attendance in other pre-wedding seminars such as the Catholic Engaged Encounter or Discovery Weekend as a suitable substitute.

5. If the wedding is to be done in a church other than the parish church to which the bride or groom belongs, a permit from the parish of origin must be secured and presented to the parish office of the couple’s chosen ceremony venue. The form will be provided by the parish office of your chosen church.

6. Marriage banns -- will be provided during the canonical interview and have to be immediately brought to the respective parishes of the bride and the groom for posting. These have to be returned to the office after three Sundays. [Some parishes may ask for some requirements for the posting of the banns (i.e. an ID picture from the bride and the groom).]

7. A list of names and addresses of principal sponsors has to be submitted to the parish office one week before the wedding date. Church policy requires at least a pair of sponsors and, ideally, a maximum of six sponsors.

* These are the general requirements of the Catholic Church. Since some parishes may require other documents and/or seminars, it will be best if you also make inquiries at the parish office of the church in which you plan to be married.

1 comment:

Osman said...

What is the role of a wedding sponsor? Are they expected to contribute toward the wedding costs? Can bride or groom parents become sponsors?