For couples planning a Catholic wedding

Planning a Catholic wedding

Catholic weddingFrom “yes” to “I do” and beyond, Catholic Wedding Help provides a complete, straightforward and faithful step-by-step guide to planning your Catholic wedding. From learning how to build a foundation with marriage preparation at your parish to the many details of a nuptial Mass, these are resources you won’t find on a typical wedding planning site.

Scripture readings, music, vows, family roles, programs, the reception … you’ll find it all here at Catholic Wedding Help.

Start with the links below. You can use our step-by-step checklist, reference frequently asked questions or even browse by topic.

 

Transitions in the Ritual
The Roman Catholic Church in the United States is currently transitioning to a new edition of the ritual texts used in celebrating Catholic weddings. The “Order of Celebrating Matrimony” will become mandatory across the country starting December 30, 2016. Catholic Wedding Help is in the process of reviewing the newly released edition and updating the related sections of the site to reflect the changes in the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.

Note, the new edition retains the three basics forms for the ceremony (celebrating within Mass, celebrating without Mass, and celebrating between a Catholic and an unbaptized person) with a few changes in order or options for texts or customs. Dioceses may begin using the “Order of Celebrating Matrimony” on September 8, 2016, though the “Rite of Christian Marriage” detailed in this site is still a valid option through December 30 unless a local bishop chooses otherwise. Please talk with your local pastor for guidance on this matter.

 

A step-by-step guide to planning your Catholic wedding

1. Getting engaged

2. Contacting your parish

3. Preparing for a lifelong marriage

4. Setting the date of your wedding

5. Choosing the form of your wedding

6. Choosing Scripture readings

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7. Choosing music

8. Choosing vows

9. Choosing roles for family and friends

10. Choosing other liturgical elements

11. Creating a program for your guests

12. Dealing with the details

13. The reception, honeymoon, and happily ever after...

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Get answers to questions about Catholic weddings

What are the rules and requirements for a Catholic wedding?

If one of us is Catholic and one is not, what are our wedding ceremony options?

Can we have our wedding outdoors?

Can we use popular, non-religious music in our wedding?

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1 in 2 visitors will read one of our Top 10 Pages during their visit. We hope you will find them useful, too.

Can we get married in the Church if we are already living together?

Will the Catholic Church recognize the marriage of a Catholic to a baptized Christian of another faith?

I am attending a Catholic wedding, but I am not Catholic. What can I expect?

Can non-Catholics receive communion at our Catholic wedding?

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Browse popular Catholic wedding topics

Order of a Roman Catholic wedding Mass

Order of a Catholic wedding outside Mass

Catholic wedding readings

Catholic wedding vows

Catholic wedding music

Catholic wedding program

Catholic wedding procession

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