Congratulations on your engagement. The Church is thrilled that you and your fiancé have decided to get married and are looking to celebrate the sacrament of Marriage. We at St. Benedict are honored to help you with that process.
Take time to prepare and plan
Catholic dioceses in the United States have policies that require a preparation period of at least 4 months to one year for couples who want to be married in the Church. The preparation includes a contact with the parish in which they want to have their wedding. It’s a good idea to get your date on the parish calendar as soon as possible. It’s also important to talk with the parish priest or deacon or pastoral minister about what the parish allows and expects in a celebration. It is also possible that the parish can offer specific help and resources, such as a person to help you plan and coordinate the event.
Beginning early to work with the parish makes practical good sense and it also helps you to develop a relationship with a community that shares your faith and wants to support you in the sacrament you are about receive and live. Quite likely you will be given some material about the Catholic wedding liturgy and encouraged to read and ask questions. Take the time to do this. It will enhance your preparation and help you to focus on the meaning of the commitment you are about to make.
Participation in marriage preparation is essential.