Your romantic Catholic wedding can be held in one of the many historic churches in Puglia
Catholic Church weddings are the only legally recognized church weddings in Italy, other religious denominations need to have a civil ceremony at the local town hall before any other ceremony is binding.
I am able to organize a Catholic wedding in Puglia‘s greatest churches as well as charming private country chapels set within private estates or masserias.
For a Catholic wedding in Puglia you have two choices:
- you can complete the civil ceremony procedure at the town hall and then present the documentation to the Catholic authority at the church where you will be married.
- or the Catholic church where you are wed can handle both the legal civil wedding details and conduct the religious ceremony.
A civil wedding certificate does not expire so you could plan your religious ceremony for whenever you please following your legal civil marriage. Catholic marriages in Italy are recognized and legal worldwide.
For a Catholic ceremony in Puglia, in addition to the regular legal documentation necessary for a wedding in Puglia you will also require a Certificate of Baptism; proof of First Communion and Confirmation, each of these documents must be stamped by your Catholic Bishop in your home country.
Formal letter from your parish priest granting permission for the wedding to be performed in your selected church.
This letter is required by the Italian Curia (Diocese) to show that you have received permission from your parish priest to have your wedding ceremony performed in Italy. It should certify that your priest knows you and allows you to get married at the Italian Church of (exact name) at the specific date. This letter needs to be written on the letterhead paper of your Parish.
The letter from the priest must also state that you have completed all PRE CANA procedures, and should include the certificate showing that you attended the premarital classes.
Your priest should also secure a letter from the Bishop of the parish stating the same as above and this letter should also be written on letterhead. The Bishop’s permission to the wedding is one of the most important requirements for the Italian Curia. The letter must certify that:
- You have no impediment to get married at the Italian Church of (name of the church) at the date (the date you are asking).
- This letter must be written on the letterhead paper of your Bishop’s office.
- This letter shows that approval has been given by the authority over the priest who has written the letter referred in # 1.
Prenuptial Inquiry Form
The original prenuptial inquiry form has to be issued by your parish and be on formal church letterhead of your Parish. The prenuptial inquiry form is not just the certificate but rather a type of signed questionnaire with church seals/signatures. Moreover this document must be stamped or sealed by the local Bishop’s office (NOT just your priest).
A Prenuptial Inquiry is issued by the archdiocese of your city/town. It is the prenuptial investigation which your priest completes together with you. Your priest completes the questionnaire stating it has been approved so you can get married, signing the document as final approval.
Then this document has to be sealed by your local Bishop, so the Italian Curia/Diocese has the proof that it has been definitely approved by a higher member of the Catholic Church in your country.
ALL certificates of baptism, first communion and confirmation must be sent together with the Prenuptial inquiry form and letters mentioned above and must also be stamped by the local Bishop’s office. All these sacraments have to be received in order to have the Catholic wedding performed. Ask your Parish who performed these sacraments to provide these certificates. If you have problems obtaining the originals, ask for copies that have to be sealed by your local bishop. The seals of the bishop, are required on these documents by the Italian Curia.