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Catholic Marriage Preparation in the Diocese of Westminster

Welcome to our Catholic Marriage Preparation Resource page.

“Marriage preparation should be a kind of ‘initiation’ to the sacrament of matrimony, providing couples with the help they need to receive the sacrament worthily and to make a solid beginning of life as a family”.  

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia 

In the first instance please arrange to meet with your parish priest as soon as you are engaged. 

The parish priest will welcome you both and he will happily discuss your plans with you.
He will set out what needs to be prepared, including help and assistance with the documentation, your personal preparation for married life and the wedding ceremony.

Take at least six months to prepare for your marriage. This goes beyond choosing a date and church, reserving a place for the reception, and picking out dresses. It means using this time to delve more deeply into your relationship and approach this momentous day with prayer and reflection.

The local priest is your resource to be called on when you need some explanation, help or guidance, even if the wedding is to take place elsewhere. 

If you would like to find a Marriage Preparation course in the diocese, click here. Lists are updated regularly so keep checking in! 

Click here for Online and Other Marriage Preparation information.

Take a look at some  frequently asked questions regarding getting married in the Catholic church. 

For further assistance and information please do not hesitate to contact Charlotte McNerlin

020 7931 6064


Looking towards the future please visit our Marriage and Family Life resource page Natural Fertility Awareness.


Important Notice for Parishes

Dear Friends,
Marriage and Family Life are no longer distributing the SmartLoving resources to parishes in the diocese.
Please order SmartLoving printed matter directly from SmartLoving. A dedicated UK website has been created to make it easier for parishes to access the relevant information.

For the SmartLoving order page click here