If you intend to conduct your wedding ceremony in a Catholic church, here are some guidelines.
I'm sharing our wedding preparation experience for our wedding in St. Ignatius Church, Kelana Jaya in June 2012.
Either the bride and/or the groom must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic.
If both the bride and groom are Catholics, a full Wedding Mass will be conducted. If only the bride or the groom is a Catholic, a Wedding Service will be conducted.
9 months (at least) before your intended wedding date
- Go to the parish office to get the Wedding Enrollment form & check if your intended wedding date and time are available.
- Sign up for the Catholic Marriage Preparation Course (CMPC), a 7-week program for couples intending to get married.
Submit your Wedding Enrollment form with:
- A copy of Baptism certificate by the church where you were baptized.
- A copy of Confirmation certificate by the church where you were baptized.
- Recent passport-sized photos: one for each person, to be used in the Banns.
- A copy of CMPC certificate.
- A copy of IC of 2 witnesses; one for the bride and one for the groom.
- Arrange with the parish office for Prenuptial Inquiry (PNI).
- After PNI, proceed to apply for the Civil Registration of Marriages. Refer Legal requirements (Civil Registration of Marriage) below.
- Arrange for a commentator, a lector (reader), and the choir for the Wedding Mass.
- Prepare your wedding booklet.
- Arrange for a florist (with the church or external).
- Arrange for a wedding rehearsal with the sacristan.
- Provide a copy of your wedding booklet for the priest to review.
- Wedding rehearsal.
Legal requirements (Civil Registration of Marriage)
Catholics have the option to conduct their Civil Registration of Marriage at Assumption Church, Petaling Jaya.
- Make an appointment with Jessie at the Assistant Registrar of Marriage's office and she will provide the JPN.KC02 form for you.
- Set your intended registration date and time with her.
1 month before your intended registration date
- Fill up the JPN.KC02 form.
- Prepare one color photograph (32mm x 38mm) against a BLUE background for each person.
- Prepare photocopies of IC (both bride and groom).
- Make an appointment to meet the Commissioner of Oath to get their signature. We're getting ours done by Helen Koh (Damansara Uptown). More information here.
- Visit any Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) branch to get your form certified. If you want to go on a Saturday, only the Putrajaya branch and ibu negeri branches are open. More information here.
- Prepare photocopies of 2 witnesses' IC (to be brought on the day of registration).
- Submit the signed and certified form to Jessie, at least 3 weeks before your intended registration day, so that she can put up the Banns.
On the day of registration
- Witnesses have to be present.
- There's no strict dress code. The ceremony can be either simple or grand, it's up to you and your spouse.
- Then, remember to submit a copy of the civil certificate to the church where you've submitted your Wedding Enrollment form a while ago.
Most importantly, enjoy grace in the process. These priceless experiences bring you closer to your spouse and to God too.