Marriage Preparation

Is there a set time prior to getting married to attend a marriage preparation course?

There is no set time prior to your wedding to attend a Marriage Preparation Course. We usually advise couples to book at least six months in advance of the wedding so as they get the date and centre of their choice as some courses tend to get booked up very quickly.

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Do we need to bring any documents when attending the marriage preparation course?

It is not necessary to bring any documentation to the Marriage Preparation Course. All course materials will be supplied.

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Can I attend a one day course or do my marriage preparation using a DVD?

ACCORD do not provide one day Marriage Preparation Courses or courses on DVD.

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I was wondering do we have to have the state notified before we complete the marriage preparation course?

No it is not necessary to have notified the State prior to attending a Marriage Preparation Course. In the south of Ireland you must give the State 3 months notice this must be given to the General Registrar’s Office. For details see http://www.groIreland.ie (link) In Northern Ireland you must give a minimum of 14 days notice to the Registrar in the district in which you are getting married. Notice forms must be completed by both the bride and the groom accompanied by full birth certificates. For details see http://www.groni.gov.uk (link)

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I am a catholic but my fiancé is not. Will the ACCORD marriage preparation course be ok?

Some couples of mixed faith who are preparing for a Catholic Church Sacramental Marriage choose to attend a standard ACCORD Marriage Preparation Course in one of our 55 centres. There is a module on Choosing the Sacrament of Marriage on the course but as you are getting married in a Catholic Ceremony this will be very relevant and I have no doubt you will find this course very worthwhile. Other options are the Inter Church courses run in ACCORD Dublin, Dublin 3 – Phone Number 4784400 or Email marriagepreparation@interchurch.ie  and in the North of Ireland – NI Regional Office (028 90233002) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  It is always best to check with the priest who is helping with the paperwork and planning regarding the choice of marriage preparation you undertake and get his advice.

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Do I have to do the marriage preparation course in the diocese where my wedding is taking place?

No you can book on line and attend a Marriage Preparation Course in any of our 55 Centres throughout the country.

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We are living abroad and plan to get married in Ireland. Can we do our marriage preparation course here and will it be accepted?

It is best to check with your priest if the course you have in mind is acceptable to him as he is responsible for your preparation.

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Is a marriage course compulsory in order to get married here in Ireland?

The priest responsible for the wedding has an obligation under church law to ensure that each couple are adequately prepared for their wedding and married life. He can therefore elect to give the marriage preparation guidance to the couple himself but generally speaking the priest will give the couple information regarding formal courses which are run by people like ourselves in ACCORD http://www.ACCORD.ie It is therefore best to check with your priest in the first instance as to the type of preparation he feels you could undertake.

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Where can I find more information on what is required by the Church and the State before our wedding?

The ACCORD publication "Planning your Wedding Day" will provide you will all the necessary information.

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