Marriage is a gift instituted by Christ that gives us His saving grace. Therefore this is a both a celebration for you, your families and friends; AND a celebration for the whole Church. The Church is involved with you in the preparation for marriage, in the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony, and in your living of the marriage covenant that you established before God and the community. Arrangements must begin at least six months in advance of the date of the wedding. This is a diocesan requirement.
Below are both a Marriage Preparation Form which can be completed and returned to the parish office and a Marriage Guidelines Handout which will answer many questions.