Marriage Requirements

What you need to know.. .

Planning a wedding can be both exciting and exhausting at the same time. After setting the date and booking the venues for the ceremony and reception, comes the legal matter: the required documents to make the union possible and valid. A couple of legal age who wish to marry should first secure a license to get married. Then, there are other documents needed to complete the set of requirements and they vary for every religion, nationality, and status of each individual.

To guide you in obtaining the legal documents needed, here is a list of the more common requirements needed in a Philippine Catholic wedding:

  1. Marriage License – 4 months validity (for civilly married couples, submit registered marriage contract)
  2. Baptismal Certificate – with annotation “For Marriage Purposes”; 6 months validity
  3. Confirmation Certificate – with annotation “For Marriage Purposes”; 6 months validity
  4. Publication of Wedding Bans for 3 consecutive Sundays in the parish of the bride and groom and permission from the parish of the bride.
  5. Catholic seminar
  6. Canonical interview
  7. List of principal sponsors (to be given to the parish, where you are getting married).

To secure a Marriage License, below is a list needed to accomplish the document:

  1. NSO – certified birth certificate
  2. CENOMAR – Certificate of No Marriage, also certified by NSO.
  3. Parental Consent for couples aged 18 to 21 or Parental Advice for those 22 to 25 years old.
  4. Passport sized picture
  5. Residence certificate
  6. Seminar – conducted by the Division of Maternal and Child Health at the Municipal/City Hall.
  7. Duly accomplished Application Form