Your Wedding Church

When choosing a church for your wedding, Catholic tradition gives priority to the bride's own parish, where she has fullest rights, as a recognised parishioner, to be facilitated in every way for her church wedding. However, a wedding may be held in any Catholic church worldwide. So a couple may be wed in another parish, with consent of the bride's pastor and the pastor of their selected church. With the shortage of active clergy, the couple might have to find their own priest for the ceremony; which he may celebrate with consent of the local pastor of the wedding church.

If a couple from Ireland want to have their church wedding in some other country, their church documents must be acquired well in advance, since they will be sent via their home bishop's office to the bishop's office abroad. You will normally need to begin the process at least 4 months before the intended wedding; your local priest can advise about this.

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