Your Wedding in Dromod Parish
Checklist for Couples marrying in Dromod Parish
- Book the church where you wish to marry. (Contact Fr Ger to arrange this.) Weddings can be arranged for St Finians or Our Lady of the Valley.
- Book the priest who has agreed to marry you. Check that he is officially registered as a Solemniser by the Irish State, if not our Parish Office will advise and help you on the required procedure. The national list of Solemnisers can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet here.
- The priest will assist and advise in the preparation of the wedding ceremony. Approved readings, vows and prayers for the wedding ceremony can be found at www.gettingmarried.ie. There are also many useful resources on the Diocese of Kerry Website
- Give at least 3 months’ notice (preferably more) to the priest in charge of the area or Parish where the bride lives. Each person must complete the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form with the priest of the Parish where he/she resides. As the bride’s Parish Priest has responsibility for the wedding paperwork, his name will be needed by the Parish Office.
- Couples living abroad should allow extra time (6 months) for this as their paperwork will need to be sent via their local Diocese to:
Diocese of Kerry,
- For the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry form the following documentation is normally needed.
- A long form Baptismal Certificate issued within six months of the proposed date of the marriage;
- Proof of Confirmation, (if not recorded on the Baptismal Certificate);
- Proof of Freedom to Marry – normally Letters of Freedom from previous parishes of residence, but other forms of proof may be accepted.
- If previously married or Non-Catholic, permissions and dispensations need to be applied for through your local Parish clergy who should be contacted when the wedding booking is made.
- Attend an Approved Pre-Marriage Preparation Course (best completed 6 months before your wedding). The only courses recognised in the Kerry Diocese are:
- The amount of the offering to the priest is at your own discretion.
- If you wish the priest to attend the reception, please ensure that he is invited.
- The musician/singer will advise you on appropriate music with reference to the Kerry Diocesan guidelines for wedding music. The priest should also be consulted. Secular songs are not appropriate for the wedding liturgy.
- It is important that flowers should be arranged in consultation with the sacristan before they are ordered. Confetti is not permitted in the church or on church grounds. For reasons of safety, lit candles are not permitted in the body of the church.
- Out of consideration for all involved in the wedding, the bride should arrive on time.
You will need to contact the Civil Registrar ( www.groireland.ie – Civil Registrar, Sr Joseph’s Road, Killarney - 064-6632251) to fulfil all the State requirements for your marriage:
a. Meet the Civil Registrar at least 3 months before the wedding stating your intention to marry.
b. Receive the Marriage Registration Form (MRF) from the Civil Registrar.
c. Bring the (MRF) to the Solemniser (Priest).
d. Make a verbal declaration of “no civil impediment” not more than 2 days before the wedding.
e. Return the signed (MRF) to any Civil Registrar not more than 1 month after the wedding.
The Parish Clergy wish you every happiness and God’s blessing in your life together.