(Closed) When in a Catholic ceremony do you sign the register?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
9951 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @jordyanna:  Re – Both Documents

You were signing both documents at the Church tho… not the Courthouse / City Hall right ?

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In the USA, it is a case where “Church & State are seperate”… so Americans have to always get a Marriage License issued by the State… then they sign the Church Registry if the Church they attend keeps one.

Whereas all the Church Weddings that I’ve participated in in Canada (no matter the denomination) the Church arranged for the paperwork to be processed thru / to the Province / Government.

And a “Marriage License” wasn’t required, the Published Banns was enough.  Altho it might be possible that a “Declaration of Intent to Marry” was signed during a Pre-Marital Meeting, at the Rehearsal, or the Day of the Wedding itself.

The only cases I know of where a Church Wedding required a Wedding License was if either the Bride or Groom had been married previously (in which case the License was issued when there was also “proof” given of Divorce or Death of the previous Spouse).

If someone tho chose to have a Civil Ceremony… then ya they’d need a Marriage License.


Post # 18
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@This Time Round:  A licence is required here, religious wedding or not, but yes, it’s typical to sign it during the ceremony.

Post # 19
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

From the government’s website:

The Registration of Marriagemust be signed by both parties to the marriage, the marriage officiant and two adult witnesses


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