General Church Wedding Requirements

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NOTE: Other Churches/Parishes may require some other documents and/or seminars not specified below. To be sure, inquire at the parish office of the church you wish to be married in.

1. Baptismal and Confirmation Certificates: These relates to both the bride’s and the groom’s. These must be new copies and must have an annotation: “FOR MARRIAGE PURPOSES ONLY” and must have been secured not more than three (3) months before the date of marriage.

FOR MIXED MARRIAGE (different religions or Disparitas Cultas): a dispensation must be secured from the Archdiocesan Chancery Office at the Arzobispado de Manila, 121 Arzobispo St., Intramuros, Manila (near Manila Cathedral). The forms will be provided at the Parish Office which will be released after the canonical interview with the Parish Priest or his assistant. These have to be submitted one week before the wedding.

2. Marriage License: This can be secured from the city or municipality hall where either the bride or the groom currently resides.
For those who are civilly married, a certified true photocopy of the Marriage Contract with the registry number of the city or town where the marriage was performed must be submitted one week before the wedding date.

3. Canonical Interview: This interview with the bride and the groom will be done one month before the wedding date and will be conducted by the parish priest or his assistant. The schedule of the interview will be given upon the signing of the application form. Failure to report on the interview date or failure to notify the office of any change in the schedule will mean cancellation of the application and reservation of the church for the upcoming wedding.

4. Pre-Marriage Seminar: Both the bride and the groom have to attend this. The schedule for the seminar will be given during the canonical interview or you may inquire at the parish office. Some churches may allow attendance in other pre-wedding seminars such as the Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) or Discovery Weekend (DW) as a suitable substitute (if you have already attended either one of these, inquire at the parish office if they recognize either CEE or DW in lieu of their Pre-Marriage Seminar.)

5. Permission from bride’s parish: a permit from the parish of the bride-to-be must be secured and presented to the parish office of the couple’s chosen ceremony venue. The form will be provided by the parish office of your chosen church.

6. Marriage Banns: These will be provided during the canonical interview and have to be immediately brought to the respective parishes of the bride and the groom for posting. These have to be returned to the office after three Sundays. (Note: the respective parishes may ask some requirements for the posting of the banns [i.e. a ID picture from the bride and the groom])

7. List of names and addresses of principal sponsors (Ninongs & Ninangs): This has to be submitted to the parish office one week before the wedding date. Church policy requires at least a pair of sponsors and, ideally, a maximum of six sponsors.

Additional Requirements for Specific Cases

for widows or widowers: A copy of the death certificate of the former spouse must be presented to the parish office.

for Renewal of Vows: remember to bring a copy of the Catholic Marriage Contract.


  1. Janessa

    We are currently here in the US we are married in civil but would like to have church wedding in the Philippines but my problem is the canonical interview because our wedding will be jan 7 and we will arrive in the Phils on dec 29 . I dont know if a week before the wedding is okay to do it.

    1. Team WaW

      Hi Janessa. It would be best to inquire directly from the church since the requirements sometimes vary. Thanks!

  2. Tinker

    I was granted for civil annulment. I am planning to get married this december in catholic church. I am bit worried because they might decline my application because I got married in catholic church before but did not undergo annulment in church. What should I do? Everything is already set up and I already invited everyone on my wedding date. During the canonical interview, what should I do?

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