A very personal affair, wedding requires certain requirements to be fulfilled in order to be termed as valid. For a church wedding, specific instructions should be followed and these instructions depend entirely on the church.
Generally, the Church Wedding can be performed if there are no impediments such as:
Incapability: Anyone, because of mental impairment or any other reason, unable to understand what marriage is and the set of responsibilities that comes with it cannot be allowed to get married.
Age: Age is another factor that matters a lot when it comes to getting married. One cannot get married if not old enough to get married as per rules of a church or the local civil laws.
Previous Marriage: A person cannot marry unless he/she is already married.
Fear: Forceful marriages are not allowed in the churches. No one can be forced to get married.
The church follows the Christ teachings and therefore necessitates one to understand marriage as a commitment that cannot be broken. Previous marriage is the major impediment to a second time marriage. However, the church follows a legal process to determine whether the previous marriage is valid or not. If the church finds the previous marriage to be not valid and observes that the couple is ready to get tied into a bond, the church then allows the couple to freely marry in a catholic way. Below mentioned are some of the requirements that the couple has to take care of:
Marriage License – The bride and groom may apply for the marriage license at the civil registrar’s office. The representatives verify that the couple is of legal age and is eligible to get married. The legal marriage age varies from state to states. In some tests, a blood test may be required. License gained to marry is valid only for certain period of time. The time period varies from state to state.
Form of Marriage – The church has certain rules about how the marriage should take place. The valid marriage is that which is witnessed by the authorized representatives of the church (the Priests) and other two witnesses.
Pre Wedding Seminars – Some of the churches ask the couples to attend the pre marriage seminars. These seminars last for few hours and discuss about the married lives and family planning issues.
Apart from the above mentioned requirements, there are other requirements that have to be fulfilled while opting for Church Wedding. For instance, few of the churches ask the couples to pre approve the type of music they will be playing at the time of the wedding ceremony. Only church hymns and religious music are allowed inside the church premises.