Marriage

Congratulations on your decision to marry.  It is one of the most important decisions you will make in life and a decision that will change your life forever. 

 

WHAT DO WE DO NOW?

There are three distinct areas covered in a Church wedding ceremony:

– Marriage preparation – Civil Registration – Completion of Church documentation

 

Marriage Preparation:

A Church wedding will require more preparation that a civil wedding.  When you marry in Church, you not only make vows to each other, but you also make vows to God.  In preparing for Christian Marriage you will need to reflect on your journey of faith and your present relationship with God and the Church.  If you have drifted from the practice of your faith, this may be a good time to rekindle your faith practice as part of your preparation for getting married in church.

When a booking is accepted by the parish, it is conditional on the couple completing some form of marriage preparation.  We would recommend the ACCORD Marriage Preparation Course.  It is advisable that this course be completed as soon as possible.  Availability of places may be limited, so please book early! Accord is a marriage support service, full details available on: www.accord.ie

 

Civil Registration:

Although you will marry in a church, as a couple you have a civil responsibility to notify the local Registrar of your decision to marry.

This will involve each of you completing a Marriage Notice Form. These can be downloaded from: Marriages (belfastcity.gov.uk) 

These act as an application for your ‘MARRIAGE SCHEDULE.’ This is the civil form you sign in the church on the occasion of your marriage.

Before submitting these application forms to the Registrar, they must be signed by the priest/deacon who will officiate at your marriage. 

Please note that you cannot be married without the Civil ‘MARRIAGE SCHEDULE’.

 

Church Documentation:

You will require the following documents in order to celebrate marriage in the Catholic Church:

  1. A Certificate of Baptism. This is obtained from the parish in which you were baptised. The certificate should be a recent certificate (i.e. issued within six months of the date of marriage).
  2. A Certificate of Confirmation. Confirmation details are usually recorded on the Baptism certificate, if it is not, you will need a separate certificate from the parish where you were confirmed.
  3. A Pre-nuptial Enquiry Form. The above documents, 1 and 2, are needed to complete the Pre-Nuptial form. You will need to make an appointment to meet with the priest at least six months, but up to 12 months, before your marriage. Bring your recently issued baptism and confirmation certificates with you, as well as the certificate issued by ACCORD.  These meetings with the priest/deacon will determine what other documents may be required. 

 

Is there a cost to getting married in Church?

If you wish to request a Wedding booking, please, together, complete the form by clicking on the link below:

St Annes Church Marriage Application Info Pages

 

     

 

Requests and inquiries regarding marriage, including requests for Baptism, Confirmation, Freedom to Marry certificates and any Pre-Nuptial inquiries should also be emailed to: stannes@downandconnor.org