A lot of Irish couples choose to marry in the Catholic church. If that’s you, then we promise it’s going to be the most beautiful, emotional and meaningful mass you ever attended, one you’ll remember forever. To make it happen the way you want, take a look at this Catholic mass checklist below. There are a few rules you need to remember, and quite a few questions to ask, before you walk down that aisle.
12 Months Before
• Begin to envision your ceremony. Would you prefer deep meaningful readings, or song to express the words on the day? Do you want to include communion?
• Pick wedding date and time preferences. Depending on the church, there maybe be times when the church is not available.
• Choose a church and a priest.
• Arrange a meeting with a priest.
• Ask about the church requirements, i.e. will you be required to go through a pre-marital course?
• If either of you or your partner is not Catholic, ask your priest about intermarriage requirements.
• Enquire about church rules, i.e. some churches may not allow confetti.
6-8 Months Before
• Pick out your stationery for the invitations and mass booklets.
• Choose ceremonial music and musicians.
• It is vital that you consult with your priest on this. Some churches will only allow religious music and may frown upon non-religious or pop music.
3-4 Months Before
• Confirm with your priest that you have sent off the notification to marry. (This must be sent at least 3 months prior to your wedding day.)
• Decide who will be part of the ceremony. Choose your readers, singers etc.
• Organise ceremony and reception decoration needs, such as a red carpet, flowers, and candles.
• Set dates for when you need to complete the forms such as a pre-nuptial declaration for the church.
• Make sure you have your letter of freedom to marry and your baptismal certificates.
3-4 Weeks Before
• Have a final meeting with your priest.
• Finalize vows, readings and other special ceremony details.
1-2 Weeks Before
• Rehearse the ceremony
In addition to our Catholic mass checklist, we’ll shortly be compiling a humanist and civil ceremony checklist as well. Check back again soon!
Above image from Oriel & Niall’s real wedding by Emma Russell Photography
Main image from Lisa & John’s real wedding by Kathy Silke Photography
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