St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church
WEDDING GUIDE & PLANNER
Congratulations on your Engagement!
At least one year before your wedding, as soon as your engagement is official, but before you book and reserve a date for your wedding reception, you should call your Pastor to check if you are eligible to celebrate your Marriage within the Catholic Church and schedule your first meeting to check about the availability of your proposed wedding date and to discuss all the necessary steps involved with your Marriage preparation, including the guidelines for St. Peter's Wedding Contract. If the couple is in agreement with the Marriage contract, then the contract is dated and signed by the couple, and a $500.00 deposit check is due, in order to reserve the church for your wedding date.
One of the first steps in your Marriage preparation is to complete the Pre-Nuptial Investigation (PNI) form with either the Priest or the Deacon assigned to prepare you as a couple, and to inquire about your marital readiness within the Catholic Church. Then the Priest (or Deacon) preparing you will register you online, at least nine months before your wedding date, to take a pre-marital inventory, such as FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study). Once the Minister receives your FOCCUS results, you will schedule a session to discuss them with the minister, to see how the important elements of Catholic Marriage apply to your relationship.
Then six months before the wedding, you will register to attend your Pre-Cana marriage preparation program online at www.dioceseoftrenton.org/precana. At this time, you can also work on acquiring the following remaining documents that are necessary to complete your wedding file:
a. Certificate of Baptism, which must be issued within six months of your wedding date (you can contact the Parish where you were baptized and request a "Baptism Certificate with Notations", notations are listed on the reverse side of the certificate)
b. Testimonial Forms/Freedom to Marry Forms (A-1's form, one for each of you; you will also need two witnesses for each of these forms)
c. Permission Forms/ Dispensation Forms (if applicable)
d. Pre-Cana or Engaged Encounter Certificate (you will receive a certificate from the program)
Once you have completed your Marriage Pre-Cana preparation program and all the paperwork and required documents are turned in, then you'll meet with the Priest or Deacon to reflect on the Sacredness of the Sacrament of Marriage and to affirm your readiness for marriage and to begin planning your wedding Liturgy.
Six months before your wedding contact our Parish Music Director Mr. Joseph Dalton at (732) 581-3643 to begin planning the music for your wedding liturgy.
New Jersey Civil Marriage License Application
Typically, you apply for the Marriage license application 30 days prior to your wedding date from your Borough Register of deeds office in your town or city and it should be hand-delivered to St. Peter's two weeks before your wedding date, along with the names and addresses of your Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man who will serve as your witnesses at the wedding and any final payments to fulfill your contract is due at this time.
Congratulations and we look forward to celebrating your Marriage at St. Peters!