How do I get married in the Church?
Congratulations on your big day!
In the Diocese of Phoenix there is a nine month preparation period. Prior to setting your wedding date, call the parish office and speak with Regi De Spain. The fee structure will be discussed with you and a non-refundable deposit is required to set your date on the parish calendar.
Who May Get Married At St. Thomas More?
Those who desire to be married at St. Thomas More need to be registered/active* parishioners or live within the parish boundaries. Please call the parish office.
*See link for definition of active parishioner - Letter of Goodstanding
Parish boundaries are 51st to 91st Ave and Bell to Lake Pleasant Recreational Area.
What requirements are necessary in order to get married?
Prior to beginning marriage preparation process couples need to demonstrate active Sunday Mass attendance of no less than 3 months and maintain active attendance during marriage preparation.
Components of the Diocesan marriage preparation program include, but may not be limited to:
- FOCCUS Pre-Marital Inventory
- Marriage Life-Skills course*
- God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Seminar*
- Complete course in Natural Family Planning*
*Fees payable through your couple account created on Diocese of Phoenix Marriage Prep website
Visit the Diocese of Phoenix Marriage Prep Website here.
What documents will I need in order to get married?
- Recently-issued Certificate of Baptism with notations
- Prenuptial Inquiry
- Affidavit of Free Status ("freedom to marry")
- Arizona Marriage License (traditional)
- Certificates of completion from the three courses you attended
What are the costs involved?
The Church fee includes the cost of the prenuptial administrative documentation, services of the parish counselor, use of the church for rehearsal, ceremony and the wedding coordinator.
Music fees and clergy honorarium are separate and payable to the Director of Music/Liturgy and the Presider. Those fees may be taken care of in advance or given to the Wedding Coordinator at the wedding rehearsal.