In case, if you are looking forward to getting married in a church but unaware of the procedures that are to be followed, we are listing the things that you have to know. We hope this article will answer the major part of your queries.
Being a part of that parish:
In case if you wish to book a particular church for your wedding, you are free to book it even if you do not belong to that church. As long as you belong to this faith you need not be a part of that parish to get married there. You have to give details about your parish, your whereabouts and a letter from your parish priest. That is all you want.
Your faith and church wedding:
Being religious is good. However, as far as marriage is concerned, the church doesn’t want to measure your faith. They only want you to follow and respect the faith. That is why churches recommend for a Catechism class that prepares you for your marital life with the virtues that are based on the Catholic faith. Both the bride and the groom are expected to have completed it before the wedding. They can do it together or individually.
Time to book:
You have to give the church at least a couple of months time to prepare for the wedding. The church needs three mandatory weeks, and at the end of the week. They read the banns of the wedding, just to make sure that the parishioners of the church aren’t objecting the wedding. Apart from that that there are other procedures that ought to be completed on both sides and there mustn’t be any other wedding taking place at that time. So book a wedding well in advance.
Wedding differ depending on the church:
The wedding procedure and the process can vary a bit depending on the type of church that you choose. If it is a Catholic church, the regulations are a bit straight and stringent. They cannot be bent or broken. But in case if it is a church that belongs to a different Christian Brotherhood, but they are a bit easy on you.
Regarding your reception plans:
In case if you are planning a reception, which you will for sure, you cannot do it as a part of the wedding ceremony. You are supposed to do it elsewhere. However if the church has a hall and their rules let you use it for the purpose of your wedding reception, then you can very well use it.
Last but not the least, certain legal requirements have to be fulfilled in order to make yourself eligible for a church wedding. They are simple but not optional. Your age and the uninfluenced consent of the bride and the groom are mandatory. Though it a church wedding, apart from the church regulations, you are expected to follow the law of the land as far as marriage is concerned. Laws differ, but almost all the nations around the world require registration of your marriage to make it a legally valid one.