ISSUES TO CONSIDER
1. Only freestanding flowers are permitted.
Pillars may not be used and bouquets attached to seats
should be removed immediately after the ceremony. Only
tie-bows may be used – no sticking tape or other
2. Flowers brought to the church should
be arranged suitably beforehand.
3. The wedding parties should ensure
that the florist contact the parish beforehand.
1. The Wedding Ceremony takes place
within a liturgical context. Liturgy is public worship
before God and so the music you choose for your wedding
must reflect the sacredness of the event and be fitting
for worship. It is important, therefore, that the music
you choose is worthy of such a celebration and that
the lyrics acknowledge the presence of Christ, the Unseen
Guest, at your wedding. If you have any doubts, do not
hesitate to contact the priest.
2. Musicians and groups of singers
may not use the sanctuary, except for the singing of
the Psalm and Communion Reflections. They may perform
from the side of the sanctuary area.
1. A practice for the ceremony is strongly
encouraged. This can be arranged with the priest who
will be conducting the ceremony.
2. Please encourage all guests to be
respectful and silent in the church before, during and
after the ceremony.
3. The signing of the Marriage Schedule
normally takes place in the sacristy. The Wedding Party
and the parents of the bride and groom are invited into
the sacristy for this.
4. It is normal for the Groom and Best
Man etc. to occupy the front seat at the right hand
side of the church at least 15 minutes before the ceremony
is due to commence. This allows them to deal with last
minute details, or to have a final word with the Celebrant
5. It is courteous for the bride to
arrive on time. This allows for maximum time afterwards
as other arrangements may be made for the church, eg,
6. One hour and fifteen minutes should
be adequate time for any wedding liturgy.
7. Photographers may use the sanctuary
but are expected to act with respectful discretion in
keeping with the sacredness of the occasion.
8. Each photographer should discuss
beforehand his expectations with the Celebrant. Posing
for photographs during the ceremony is deemed inappropriate.
9. A Pre-Marriage course (facilitated
by Accord) is strongly recommended, as Church Law requires
instruction on the Sacrament of Marriage. An application
form accompanies this booklet.
10. Confetti is not permitted in the
church or the grounds of the church.
STIPENDS, FEES AND DONATIONS
1. There are NO charges imposed to
marry within the Church in the parish. The amount of
money you spend on your wedding day is your own choice.
The Church only asks that the couple and two witnesses
be present with the priest. However, it is customary
to make a donation to the celebrant and the altar servers.
2. Flowers in the sanctuary are considered
to be donations to the parish.
3. If you would like the Celebrant
to attend the Wedding Reception, it would be appropriate
to send him, as any other guest, an invitation. Failure
to do so would result in the Celebrant’s absence
at the Wedding Reception. Please note that is difficult
for the Celebrant to attend Wedding receptions on Saturdays
because of Vigil Masses and Confessions.
4. It takes a few months to receive
a ‘Papal Blessing’ and before ordering,
you will need to have a from signed by your priest stating
that you are to be married on a particular date and
that you are practicing Catholics.
5. For information on getting married
in Rome see the website for the Irish College in Rome
6. If you are considering getting married
in, for example, Cyprus, you should contact your priest
to arrange this. Please note that weddings organised
by travel agents do not always meet the requirements
of the Catholic Church.
You will find more detailed information
on getting married at www.gettingmarried.ie.
(www.tullylish.com is acknowledged
for the outline of this page)