Wedding 101: Catholic Church Requirements in the Philippines

Tuesday, October 04, 2016



After the engagement, what is next? If you are routing for a Catholic Church wedding, it will not be that simple. This is a challenge for both parties. Now I know, those couple who are suddenly went cold feet or felt impatient with everything with the preparation of the wedding, because only people who are willing to sacrifice goes to the altar. So couples, I suggest to be patient and helpful on every needs of each other.  Haha 

Documents Required 

For the Catholic Party:

  • Baptismal Cetificate with notation "for marriage", issued withing 6 months of the wedding date
  • Confirmation Cetificate with notation "for marriage", issued withing 6 months of the wedding date
  • Birth Certificate 
  • CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage from NSO)
  • Publication of Banns (3 Sundays)
  • Certificate of freedom to marry from Parish Priest of the parties
  • Permission from parish priest of the parties if the catholic party is getting married outside his / her own parties.
  • Passport size photo
  • Canonical interview 
  • Pre-Cana

For non-christian party only:

  • Perition for permission for the celebration of mixed marriage
  • Permission for the celebration of mixed marriage, issued by the chancery
  • Birth certificate 
  • Baptismal certificate Or certified of membership in church
  • Certification of freedom to marry issued by pastor or minister; or affidavit of free status to marry
  • CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage from NSO)

For the Non-Christian Party Only:

  • Petition for Dispensation from the Impediment of Disparity Worship
  • Decree of Dispensation from the impediment of Disparity of Worship, issued by the Chancery
  • Birth Certificate 
  • Certificate of religious affiliation 
  • Certificate of freedom to marry issued by pastor or minister; affidavit of free status to marry
  • CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage from NSO)

For the Foreigner Party Only:

  • Clearance from Judicial Vicar
  • Certification of freedom to contract marriage from the Catholic Bishop of the place of origin
  • Photocopy of his/her passport 
  • If documents are in the native language of the foreigner party, submit certified correct translation 
  • Affidavit of free status to marry executed before a Catholic Parish Priest
  • Certificate of free status to marry from the embassy of country of origin

Other requirements for both parties:

  • Valid Marriage License issued by the civil registrar
  • Or Civil Marriage contract, if already civilly married to each other
  • Or joint affidavit between the parties who have lived together as husband and wife for at least 5 years
  • Certificate of attendance of a Marriage Preparation Program and / or counselling approved by the Catholic Church
    • Marriage preparation program
      • List of sponsors 
      • Officiating Priest
      • Wedding fee

Other Requirements, if previously married:

  • Clearance from Judicial Vicar
  • Marriage contract of previous marriage 
  • Death certificate of decreased spouse
  • Certificate of Finality of the Civil Declaration of Nullity of Marriage  (for Filipinos)
  • Decree of Finality of the Civil Divorce (for Foreigners)
  • Declaration of Nullity of the previous marriage by a competent Catholic Church Authority 


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