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Marriage Preparation Weekends – Further Information

Our Marriage Preparation weekends are very popular with couples who are engaged to be married in the Catholic Church. If you would like further information about the weekend please read on. You can also find out the answers to some general questions in our Marriage Preparation FAQs.

More about marriage preparation weekends

What should we bring to the weekend?

Please be sure to bring the following items with you to our marriage preparation weekends:

  • Comfortable casual clothing so you can relax
  • Toiletries, medicines and other personal items
  • For non-residential Weekends: please bring a packed lunch on both days. Tea/coffee/biscuits will be available throughout the weekend.

What supplies does EE provide for marriage preparation weekends?

We will provide you with a notebook and pen on the weekend

What time should we arrive?

  • For non-residential weekends: please arrive on Saturday by 08.30 a.m. so you have time to register and settle down with a tea or coffee. The Weekend will begin at 09.00 a.m.
  • For residential weekends: please arrive between 7:00 and 7:30. The weekend will begin at 8:00 p.m. Because we are on a tight schedule, we cannot wait for couples who
    arrive late. If there is an emergency and you are going to be late, please do call a presenting couple’s mobile phone (from your earlier phone conversation with them) or call the
    retreat centre number so we know when to expect you.

What time do marriage preparation weekends end?

The weekend typically ends with a closing Mass, between 3 and 4 pm on Sunday. In special or unusual circumstances we may change our schedule, but we will usually finish no later than 4 p.m.

Do we have to stay for the entire weekend?

It is very important that you stay for the entire weekend. If you arrive late or leave early you will miss important parts of the weekend experience, and we will not be able to give you your weekend certificate and letter verifying your attendance.

Are there any ground rules for the weekend?

Yes, please observe a few basic rules:

  • Please refrain from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs
  • Please do not leave the weekend, for any reason, unless an emergency arises. If you need to leave, please speak to one of the team members.

On the residential weekend, will dinner be served on Friday evening?

No, we will not provide dinner on Friday, but there will be a small finger buffet set out for couples on arrival. On Saturday, we will server three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). On Sunday we will serve two meals (breakfast and lunch).

Can you accommodate my special diet needs?

  • Yes, please let us know in advance so we can inform the catering staff of your needs.
  • On a non-residential weekend: there is no formal catering. Please bring packed-lunches for both the Saturday and Sunday. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the weekend.

What should we wear?

Dress for the entire weekend is casual. Please dress comfortably. While you are welcome to do so, there is no need to change for dinner or Mass.

Where can I smoke?

All of our facilities prohibit smoking. You may, however, smoke in the designated area outside of the building.

Will we have much free time this weekend?

No, marriage preparation weekends are designed to be intense so that you can spend as much concentrated time together as possible preparing for your marriage. You may find that we stay up later and get up earlier than you typically would on a weekend. Time permitting, we will have a break on Saturday afternoon.

Will we learn about planning the wedding service?

Some elements of the marriage service may come up, but that is not the focus of the weekend. You can read more in our useful guide to planning your wedding service.

Is there an emergency number?

If you need to contact the centre because of an emergency, or if someone needs to get hold of you in an emergency we will provide contact numbers as part of your introduction & welcome package.

Did you find the answer to your particular question? If not, please read our FAQs or contact us to ask your question.