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12 Month Catholic Mass Checklist

When it comes to a Catholic wedding, each detail is as important as the next, so to make sure your big day goes according to plan follow this timeline for a beautiful, stress-free ceremony.

Catholic Mass Checklist

12 Months Before

  • Begin to envision your ceremony. Would you prefer deep meaningful readings, or song to express the words on the day? Do you want to include communion?
  • Pick wedding date and time preferences. Depending on the church, there maybe be times when the church is not available.
  • Choose a church and a priest.
  • Arrange a meeting with a priest.
  • Ask about the church requirements, i.e. will you be required to go through a pre-marital course?
  • If either of you or your partner is not Catholic, ask your priest about intermarriage requirements.
  • Ask your priest about dress requirements
  • Enquire about church rules, i.e. some churches may not allow confetti.

6-8 Months Before

  • Pick out your stationery for the invitations and mass booklets.
  • Choose ceremonial music and musicians.
  • It is vital that you consult with your priest on this. Some churches will only allow religious music and may frown upon non-religious or pop music.

3-4 Months Before

  • Confirm with your priest that you have sent off the notification to marry. (This must be sent at least 3 months prior to your wedding day.)
  • Decide who will be part of the ceremony. Choose your readers, singers etc.
  • Organize ceremony and reception decoration needs, such as a red carpet, flowers, and candles.
  • Set dates for when you need to complete the forms such as a pre-nuptial declaration for the church.
  • Make sure you have your letter of freedom to marry and your baptismal certificates.

3-4 Weeks Before

  • Have a final meeting with your priest.
  • Finalize vows, readings and other special ceremony details.

1-2 Weeks Before

  • Rehearse the ceremony


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  • What do I do if I can't get in contact with the church I was baptised in to get my baptismal cert?

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