Congratulations! This is an important step in life and the Lord will bless you as you seek to grow in love for one another. As a church we will do our best to help you prepare well for marriage and for the day of your wedding.
In the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton it is usually expected that couples will give 12 months notice, to allow sufficient time for careful preparation. The parish priest is usually the first point of contact for people wishing to marry.
The parish priest and local church will help you to
- access a marriage preparation course (usually 4 evenings in Guildford);
- plan the liturgy for the day;
- complete the necessary church documentation;
- not forget to complete the necessary civic documentation with the local registrar.
It is presumed that you will usually marry in your own parish. If you live in the parish and intend to marry elsewhere, please do contact us to complete the appropriate preparation.
Couples where neither party live in Godalming can marry here if there is an appropriate reason, such as a family connection with the parish. We also sometimes offer hospitality to couples needing a church close to their reception venue. In these cases you will need to approach your own parish priest with regard to preparation and church documentation. If you are not sure who this might be please feel free to ask and we can point you in the right direction.
The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has an excellent guide to the scripture readings for marriage which can be found here.