Preparation Timeline

 Getting Married—Timeline

 This timeline will give you a summary of what you need to do, and when.


First Steps                            Book Church

(Some people                        Book Hotel

Book up to                            Contact registrar ( Minimum notice—3 months!!)

3 years in advance)             Contact Priest who will officiate at ceremony.


1—2 years before              Book and complete Pre—Marriage Course

(This can be completed up to the date of Marriage, but you are encouraged to fulfil this obligation as early as possible)

                                                Arrange Church Musicians, flowers etc.


3 - 6 months before  Meet with priest to discuss ceremony & complete Marriage papers.

                                                (It is recommended to have Pre– Marriage Course completed at this stage.)


Weeks before      Arrange rehearsal with the priest and the church


24-48 hrs before                 Rehearsal

The rehearsal affords an opporunity to get into the mood in a relaxed way.

(In order to satisfy Civil Requirements a final declaration of freedom to marry needs to be made by the couple in the presence of their  two witnesses within 48 hours of the

ceremony taking place. For convenience sake the rehearsal is suggested as an opportune time.)



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