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Preparing for marriage

Planning your wedding day is an exciting time in your life: many congratulations! As you begin to plan for the big day, these next few weeks and months will undoubtedly be an exciting mix of joy, stress and questions. Through the work of the Church of Ireland Marriage Council, we want to assist couples with all the practicalities involved in a church wedding. And whilst there is much emphasis on the day itself, we encourage you to also consider the importance of marriage preparation, which provides a solid foundation that will sustain you as a couple in the years ahead.

Enrichment and support for married life

As a Marriage Council, we want to support married couples in the good times and the hard times. Relationship experts say that happy marriages are based on deep friendship. However, as the years roll on it can be so easy to take each other for granted. It’s therefore important to constantly work together at your marriage, and to be reminded of those early years when you first met and the things that brought you together. There are, however, times when couples recognise they need help from outside, and therefore through the Council, we can signpost people to counsellors both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Resourcing the wider Church

The local church is a source of hope within any community, because it reflects the love and acceptance found in Christ. As a Marriage Council we desire to resource local ministers and others who are involved in the support of couples considering marriage or who are already married.

For further assistance and support, contact your local minister in your local church.

Should you wish to know more about the work of the Marriage Council, please contact Aisling Sheridan (email: Aisling.Sheridan@rcbcoi.org)


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