Two people approaching the Church with the request to be married often come with conflicting ideas.
For example, some people are afraid of the church and its regulations regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony. Others are resentful that the Church would dare to say anything about "MY" wedding. Some see their wedding as a sign of the covenant between Christ and the Church, a sign of his love and a sharing of the ministry of that love. Still others feel that all they want is a "NICE CHURCH" for the ceremony.
The special event marking the beginning of your married life is your wedding. You have found each other; and now you are ready to marry each other. Therefore, this wedding ceremony should be marked with words, gestures, and music that are meaningful to you.
However, your marriage also belongs to Christ and the Church. When you come to the Church to be married, you are asking the Church (the community of the faithful) to accept you and allow you to share in its vocation and the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Church welcomes you and rejoices that another couple wants to mature in faith by living the Sacrament of Matrimony.
The Christian community will support you with their prayers for the rest of your life! It is this combination, you and the community that makes Marriage in the Church so different and so holy.
With this understanding, we invite you read the steps in preparing for your married life and for the formal celebration of your wedding day.