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Instead of the two documents mentioned, you’ll submit your marriage certificate since you already got married in civil rites. Our law dictates that whichever took place first, whether it’s a civil wedding or a church wedding, will determine the couple’s official date of marriage.
If you got married abroad, you have to submit your PSA-registered foreign marriage certificate with English translation, if applicable.
Here’s a quick guide to planning a church wedding even if you’re already married in a civil ceremony:
- Submit the baptismal and confirmation certificates of both parties at least 3 months before the wedding or upon application (in some churches).
- Submit your marriage certificate issued by the PSA. You don’t need to submit a marriage license since you’re already married civilly, but it’s best to still check with your respective parishes.
- Both parties must attend a canonical interview at least two months before the church wedding. You’ll be given an interview schedule after paying the reservation fee when you submit your application.
- After the canonical interview, you’ll be given a seminar schedule. Both parties have to attend a Pre-Marriage Seminar since it’s one of the requirements to hold a church wedding.
- During the canonical interview, both parties will be given a form for the wedding banns. These will be brought to the couple’s respective churches and will be returned after announcing them for three consecutive Sundays.
- Submit your birth certificates. CENOMAR is no longer needed if you’re already married civilly but it’s best to still check with your respective parishes. If one of you is a widow/widower, the Death Certificate of the previous spouse must be submitted.
- Provide the names of your sponsors (ninongs or ninangs). Most churches have a minimum of 1 pair and a maximum of 12 pairs of sponsors.
- Finally, your respective parish might require you and your partner to go to confession at least a week before the wedding.
Go back to the main article: How to Get Married in the Philippines – An Ultimate Guide