A minimum of six months notice is required for weddings, but twelve months is ideal. As soon as you have made a commitment to marry, you should approach the priest who is to help you celebrate your marriage.
The Church requires couples to prepare. Early notice of marriage enables couples to go through this preparation in a relaxed way. It is recommended that all marriage preparation (other than liturgical planning and late documentation) is concluded at least three months before the wedding date.
The Catholic Church sees marriage as a life long union. Where such a step is being considered, preparation takes place beforehand. The preparation offered will touch on all aspects of married life and provide a good foundation for married life.
Couples are asked to participate in one of the following: