Holy moments that will take your breath away, and make your heart sing…
The white wedding dress, long veil, romantic bridesmaids, expressive choir singing, emotional vows, the rice throwing after ceremony, and a lot of tears of happiness. Everyone who only once get a part in a religious wedding ceremony knows how special it feels, and what a strong positive energy it creates.
Your Christian wedding ceremony can be individually tailored, but should always include expressions of worship, reflections of joy, celebration, community, respect, dignity and love.
The Bible gives no specific pattern to define exactly what should be included, so there’s room for your creative touches. Your wedding ceremony is held to give each guest a clear impression that you, as a couple, have made a solemn, eternal covenant with each other before God.
Throughout Croatia you will come across so many smaller churches and magnificent abbeys, some of them are in the middle of the largest cities and some islands, some chapels standalone on hills and in villages. Let us know what is your image of wedding church, and we will help you find the most romantic holy place following the destination where your wedding party will be held afterwards.
What you need to know about the religious wedding ceremony in Croatia:
- The religious wedding ceremony lasts about 30 minutes without a Holy Mass, and about one hour with a Holy Mass.
- Two witnesses are required by the law.
- The ceremony is usually performed in Croatian by a Catholic priest.
- Legally valid Catholic ceremony in Croatia: bride and groom have to submit the required legal documents prior to the Catholic wedding ceremony.
- It is essential to arrive 3 working days prior to the wedding date to visit local offices and finish up paperwork.
Important steps to hold the religious wedding ceremony in Croatia:
- The first step to choose the church and check the availability. Then you should contact your local parish’ priest and inform him you wish to get married in Croatia. Your priest will explain to you how he will like to proceed. He will together with you fill out form called Marriage Preparation Form. You will need the name of the church, address and name of the priest who will conduct the wedding.
- All documents you collect need to be checked and stamped by “Nihil Obstat”, this is the key to get married here. Set of these documents with Nihil Obstat needs to be sent by your Bishop to the Bishop of the location where your wedding will take place.
- Religious authorities in Croatia need a proof of your single status as well as a proof that you are a member of the church.
- Make sure you have completed a pre-marital course the latest 5 months before your wedding date.
- All religious documents should be issued between 6 and 3 months before the wedding. Ideally, you would want your parish priest to send them to the Bishop in Croatia around 5 months before the wedding date. If they are sent much later the parish could consider accepting other bookings.
You will need to arrange the following paperwork:
- Formal letter from your parish priest granting permission for the wedding to be performed in the church of (name of church) on a date.
Baptismal certificate with notations (noting that you have never previously been married); includes info about your Holy Communion and Confirmation.
- Pre-Cana certificate: this shows that you have attended pre-marital classes.
- Pre-nuptial investigation form: this is a signed questionnaire with church seals/signatures. This document must be stamped by the local Bishop’s Office (NOT just your priest).