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Engaged Couples – Read The Marriage Preparation FAQs

Engaged and preparing for marriage? Find out more about marriage preparation in our frequently asked questions:

Is marriage preparation only for Catholics?

No! Although the weekend is presented by Catholic married couples and a Catholic priest, many people who are not Catholic have experienced a weekend and have told us how valuable it was for their relationship. The weekend is designed specifically for couples intending to get married according to the rites of the Catholic Church

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What happens on a marriage preparation weekend?

A marriage preparation weekend is divided into a number of short sessions. Each session begins with a presentation by one of the couples and the priest, in which they talk about their own experiences of marriage.

After this, the couples are invited to reflect on a question and to write about their reaction to what has been said. Then they share their views with each other. This “working time” is private between the couple throughout the weekend. The only time everyone is asked to speak out loud is to introduce themselves.

A marriage preparation weekend will give you precious time together, away from all the distractions of the wedding preparations – a time for each other.

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Who is a marriage preparation weekend for?

A marriage preparation weekend is for engaged couples intending to marry in the Catholic Church. The Weekend course fulfils the Catholic Church’s formal requirement for “personal preparation to enter marriage”. Couples will receive a certificate of attendance that will be required by the priest who will officiate at their wedding.

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How much does a marriage preparation weekend cost?

There is a booking fee of £50 per couple.

You will be told the actual cost of your weekend before you leave, as different centres charge slightly different rates, and you will be asked to give as generously as you can towards this. However, the most important thing is that everyone should have the chance to experience one of these weekends, irrespective of their ability to pay. No-one is ever turned away because they can’t afford it.

However, from September 2017 there will be a fixed charge of £175 for non-residential weekends. If you have any concerns or questions about cost please email – bookings@wwme.org.uk

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When is the next marriage preparation weekend?

Please see our list of forthcoming marriage preparation weekends for engaged couples intending to marry in the Catholic Church

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Do other denominations offer marriage preparation weekends?

Yes, there are Baptist and Anglican marriage preparation sites too.

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What does ‘marriage’ mean to Engaged Encounter?

Engaged Encounter is faithful to the Catholic Church’s teaching, as stated in Canon Law, that marriage is a covenant that exists between one man and one woman.  Any reference to marriage or couple made by Engaged Encounter is in this context.

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