Post # 1
I was just wondering what the timeline is on marriage prep in your area. In my diocese, the norm seems to be “notify the parish at least one year prior to desired wedding date.” I have seen places that say at least six months prior to, but I was just curious if it is the same across the board, I know different dioceses have different policies. Does anyone know if there is any flexibility in that timeframe?
Any answers would be great! Thanks!
Post # 3
At my parish in NYC, they ask for 6 months prior notice. I think you are supposed to do Pre-Cana at least 6 months before your wedding too.
Post # 4
It really depends on your diocese or even parish. I’ve seen 6-9 months suggested in this area. A priest told me they like a little wiggle room on that time just in case there are any issues that would take longer to sort out.
Post # 5
We booked our church 13 months before our wedding, but it’s very popular. My home parish requires 6 months. THese guidelines are really there to help you, because they are based on the amount of time the priest(s) has available for your premarital counseling (foccus, etc), as well as how quickly your diocese’s Engaged Encounters retreats fill up. We did our EE retreat at my husband’s then-diocese, and had to book it 4 months ahead!
Post # 6
in my diocese, it is 9 months, but the diocese next door is 6 months.
Really, the priest can do whatever he wants. If he likes you, he can do it sooner. If he has no reason to like you (like, if he doesn’t even know you), then nothing you can say or do can make him marry you any sooner.
Post # 7
Mine is 6 months. I called the week I got engaged and they said they would even do it before then. You might want to call just to be sure. We only went to 2 meetings, and that’s it until the rehearsal.