The following Timeline will ensure that details & requirements for marriage in the Church will not become overwhelming. It is intended to help make your wedding planning process as stress-free as possible! Know that we in the Church are praying for you throughout this time of preparation.

  • Meet with priest or deacon to initiate marriage preparation process and set the date of the wedding
  • Register for your Marriage Preparation program. If your parish doesn’t host a program options include:
  • Living in love to register for “Preparing to Live in Love” mentor OR “Beginning to Live in Love” group sessions
  • Engaged Encounter Retreats for retreat weekend dates & registration
  • Register for a Natural Family Planning class series
  • Pray together for God’s blessings as you prepare for marriage
  • Complete the F.O.C.C.U.S. inventory & meet with the witnessing priest or deacon
  • Read about the marriage covenant & Church teaching on marriage & family. You will be inspired!
  • Complete the Marriage Preparation instructional program. Be sure to obtain your certificate!
  • Begin the Natural Family Planning class series
  • This is a great time to pray a rosary together for your future marriage & family
  • Meet with the priest or deacon to plan the wedding ceremony
  • Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (if Catholic)
  • Spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament; this will be a great opportunity for you to reflect on your marriage vows & you new vocation