Congratulations on your decision to get married. It’s an exciting time with lots of wedding planning ahead!
While you need only give four months notice of your intention to marry it is common practice for a couple to book the church a long time in advance. So it is important to contact the Parish Office to make sure that the church is available on the day you require. You will also need to look at participating in a marriage preparation course which is a lovely way for you as a couple to take a look at your own relationship. The Civil Authorities also have state requirements which must be fulfilled.
You have decided to get married here in Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare.
- The Bride and Groom will need to give the church at least four months’ notice of their intention to marry (but it is common for a couple to contact the Parish Office a long time in advance to make sure that the church is available on the day required).
- The Bride and Groom will also need to give their respective Parish Priest(s) at least four months’ notice (i.e. the parish in which you have lived for over one year).
- Your parish priest will fill in the prescribed pre-nuptial forms in accordance with Canon Law.
- At least six weeks before the wedding date, the parish priest of the Bride will send to Adare both sets of completed Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Forms, signed and sealed, together with recent baptism certificates, confirmation certificates, letters of freedom, dispensations (where necessary), and a pre-marriage course certificate.
- For a couple living outside of Ireland, all of the above listed papers, completed by both parties, should be sent to their Parish Priest’s Diocesan Bishop or Local Ordinary, who will forward them for their Nihil Obstat to: Limerick Diocesan Office, Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick.
- You will also need to look at participating in a marriage preparation course.
- Marriages on Sundays, Holydays and some special Church celebrations (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St.Patrick’s Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Feast of All Souls) are not permitted in this Diocese. Click here for unsuitable dates in 2011, 2012, & 2013.
State Requirements in Ireland
- You will need to give three months notice to the Registry Office in order to receive your MRF (Marriage Registration Form) which is your civil marriage license.
If you have any further queries regarding your Church Ceremony, please contact Rita Hickey in the Parish Office on (061) 396 172 . You may also find the following links helpful www.together.ie and http://www.gettingmarried.ie/