We joyfully celebrate with you as you prepare for your wedding day.
We believe deeply in the sanctity of the sacrament of matrimony, and accordingly do the best we can to make the beginning of your lives together as wonderful as it should be.
The following wedding preparation guidelines are intended to help the couple.
While these guidelines do not cover all the specific information about a Catholic marriage, they are structured to provide you with a broad outline that is common to most Catholic weddings.
Usually if you are going to celebrate your marriage at Mary, Mother of Our Savior, then all aspects of the preparation are done here. If you live outside the area, it is often possible that your preparation for marriage can be done at the parish that you attend.
It is both customary and Church law to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony within the parish of either the bride or the groom, if both are Catholic. If only one is Catholic, the wedding is normally at the Catholic’s parish, although there is the possibility of celebrating it in the worship space of another faith tradition.
If you are getting married in another Catholic Church or in the worship space of another faith tradition, it is possible to do your marriage preparation at Mary, Mother of Our Savior.
A tentative date may be set as early as the first contact with our priest. A tentative date only guarantees the time and date of the wedding so that no one else will be able to select that time and date. The tentative date does not, however, guarantee the actual celebration of the marriage. Confirmation of the wedding ceremony takes place after the reception of the documents required to demonstrate readiness and freedom to marry and the marriage preparation program has been agree upon.
Marriages should be scheduled six months in advance of the tentative date of the wedding.