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Planning Your Wedding

Congratulations on your decision to get married.

It is our wish that your wedding day will be a memorable and enjoyable occasion as you set out on your wonderful journey together.


We hope that this page will be of help to you as you plan ahead to your big day.

When getting married you have to meet two sets of requirements:
(a) the requirements of the Catholic Church
(b) the civil requirements of the state law.


Getting Married in the Catholic Church

1. Contact the Priest
This should be done at least six months before the proposed date of the wedding.

2. Book the Marriage Preparation Course
You are advised to book the Pre-Marriage Course at least six months ahead of the wedding day.

3. Obtain Required Documentation
This includes Certificates of Baptism and Confirmation, Letters of Freedom etc

4. Complete the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form

This normally involves a visit to your own parish priest.

5. Different Forms of Marriage Ceremony
You can choose to celebrate your Marriage Ceremony as part of a Nuptial Mass or you can choose to celebrate your Marriage Ceremony without Mass.

The Civil Requirements

Under the new Civil Registration Act couples are obliged to take full responsibility for the civil registration of their marriage.

1. Meeting the Civil Registrar
You must make an appointment to meet the Civil Registrar at least three months before the date of the wedding.

2. The Marriage Registration Form (MRF)
Without this Form you you cannot get married nor can the priest proceed with the marriage ceremony.

3. Declaration of No Civil Impediment

ACCORD
Pre-Marriage Courses

Accord Sligo (071) 914 5641

Accord Cavan (049) 437 5004


There is no ACCORD centre in Co Leitrim.


Cavan ACCORD Courses for 2012 & 2013


12th/13th October 2012

8th/9th February 2013
8th/9th March 2013

19th/20th April 2013

11th/12th October 2013


These courses are held in the
Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre
Cullies
Cavan


The ACCORD web site:  www.accord.ie



After attending the course you will be issued with a Certificate which you will then present to your priest.

Registration Office

Every county has a Registration Office


Co Leitrim
Leitrim Rd. Carrick-on-Shannon, (071) 965 0349


Co Sligo
Markievicz House, Barrack St, Sligo(071) 915 5115

Co Cavan
Gate Lodge, Lisdarn, Cavan (049) 437 1709


Co Galway
25 Newcastle Road, Galway, (091) 546 216


Dublin
8 - 11 Lombard St East, Dublin 2,  (01) 863 8200 / 19


Couples planning to get married are strongly advised to visit the Getting Married web site.