Getting Married in the Catholic Church


Marriage is a wonderful sacrament of vocation.  Through the graces of the sacrament, a man and a woman become unified in a covenantal bond.  It is through marriage that the Domestic Church – the family – begins.  What a joy it is for the Church to celebrate this sacrament with you!



The Church is delighted that you are celebrating this sacrament in the presence of God and your faith community.


First steps:


  • Call your parish to begin the process. Our churches have commitments and schedules and need some advance notice in order to accommodate your needs. Parish Links

  • You will be asked to take a Fully Engaged inventory and have the results processed by a member of your parish team. The 150+ questions and your responses to them will help you as a couple get an objective look at your strengths and at those areas where you might need to do some work. This tool will help you be as prepared as possible to begin your vocation of marriage in the Catholic Church.

  • Ask your parish for information concerning Pre-Cana/Marriage Prep/Engaged Encounter and register as soon as possible for a session. All of the recent information about marriages in our country tells us that the couple who prepares well for the marriage (not simply the wedding ceremony) has the greatest potential for success.  Also, this preparation is most effective when the engaged couple can participate fully and have time to process the information gathered and the skills learned. Please register as soon as possible, as sessions fill as much as three months before the date.

  • View Pre-Cana Schedule

  • Complete the Online Marriage Preparation Program at

  • Now you are ready to work with a member of the parish staff and/or the musicians to prepare the ceremony


Other Links you may find helpful:


Marriage: Unique for a Reason


Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding


For Your Marriage


Marriage: United in Love, Strengthened for Service


Love and Sexuality




Family Planning


Second Marriage