(Closed) Marriage Prep…Timeline?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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.

Post # 8
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

at least 6 months

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