There are many specifications for those who intend to marry for the Church. So today we have gathered everything you need to know to facilitate the way to the holy altar!
To schedule a wedding in the Catholic Church, it is necessary to follow some procedures imposed by pre-established rules in the Code of Canon Law. Therefore, if you decide to marry in a church other than your parish or your fiancé’s, you should talk to the priest in charge, announcing your intention to marry in another parish.
Many churches need one year’s notice in advance to set the date. But, the marriage process should only be started 3 months in advance. Churches usually take care of the bureaucratic requirements by continuing the marriage process in a Civil Registry Office. After the process is finished, a document is issued that authorises the marriage (Certificate of Marriage) that certifies that the couple is eligible to marry. The couple is then able to take the “bride and groom course”, required by the Church, given by a priest and other couples.
The Catholic ceremony is always held in the church. It can be performed with a full mass, with communion, or just the specific service for the celebration of marriage, which does not include fellowship. The bride and groom must resolve and pass on the decision to the priest. They must also clarify, with the priest, the script, biblical texts and symbolic gestures.
Decoration and extras
The church shall authorise all embellishments, musical backgrounds, or other details that you wish to include in the ceremony. Churches usually celebrate more than one wedding per day. So, talk to the other couples who are getting married on the same day to share the cost of arranging flowers and even the musician or DJ hired.
Certificate: each state has different values by a notary public
Church fees: churches also have fees with different values, which can vary greatly. But, the charges can vary. The idea is to consult before entering the documentation. If you are going to marry in a church that does not belong to your Parish will be charged an extra fee.
Decoration: the cost of the ribbon will depend on the chosen flowers and the quantity. Therefore, it will only have an approximate value when you decide which and how many flowers to use. All the items you want to include will be paid for by the couple.
Hint: Churches usually make a contract that includes all the pre-arranged items, so make sure everything is clearly described in the document. Many churches also ask for a bail check for a possible fine for the delay on the part of the bride. They are trying to prevent future marriages from being damaged in this way.
The order of the wedding ceremony in a church may vary, but in general, it stays that way:
The entrance of the Groom or godparents: You can choose a classical song, instrumental film theme or vocalise, always taking into account that this is the first song of the wedding and that in no way should stand out over that of the bride.
Children’s entrance: parents, queens and florists use soft classic themes and themes from children’s films, with instrumental solos such as violin or flute.
Bride’s entrance: This moment calls for a stronger, more marked music, usually using the Bridal March preceded by Clarinda or Campanas. If the bride wants a soft melody, she must find a balance with the previous tune.
Blessing: The blessing of the alliances deserves sacred music, which is part of the context of that moment. In Catholic weddings, the “Ave Maria” is obligatory. For Christian marriages we suggest the “Our Father”.
Exchange of alliances: If the celebrant allows music at the moment of transfer of partnerships, the idea is to keep soft instrumental music. You can request this kind of music for the choir.
Greetings: The greetings are a more relaxed moment, when that romantic music, which was part of the relationship, for example. There are traditional themes that are already part of weddings today and that are very elegant. Attention to the lyrics of the songs, often the melody is exquisite, but the text speaks of suffering, separation, etc..
Farewell: For the departure, ask for more lively or impactful music. If the church authorises it, you can hire a DJ and put on a happy song to celebrate, without exaggeration.
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