Since the Sacrament of marriage involves the joining of two people in a special union, a couple planning to marry should:

  • Before contracting for your reception, contact the parish priest or deacon at least one year prior to the anticipated wedding date; and

  • Attend a marriage preparation program. There are three parts to the program:

    1) Time for instruction and discussion with a priest or deacon.
    2) Pre-Cana Conference or Engaged Encounter Weekend.
    3) Time with the parish Couples Sponsor Program.

  • By Diocesan Policy, at least one year is needed to complete the marriage requirements.


  • For more information, please visit the Marriage Preparation Page maintained by the Diocese of Wilmington


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