Congratulations & Welcome
Planning your wedding can be one of the most exciting times of your life.We are happy that you have chosen Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church to be a part of your special day. We want to help you plan a wedding ceremony that is spiritual and sacramental inaccordance with the Catholic belief that marriage is a lifelong commitment, and that it is a sacrament when it occurs between to Baptized Christians.
We know that weddings can be very stressful and we do not intend to add any more stress. However, planning for a life-long commitment does. The following guidelines will assist you in preparing for your wedding day and your future life together.
New Baptismal Certificate
A Baptismal Certificate issued within the last six months must be given to the Wedding Coordinator.
It is possible to obtain baptismal certificates from anywhere in the world even from Cuba. Those baptized in Cuba should inform the Coordinator of Weddings of the name of the church, the city and province and the date if possible of your Baptism. If you have the old certificate, please give us a copy so we can have the Libro and Folio numbers. These numbers speed up the request. We will request an updated copy from Cuba.
A copy of your Confirmation Certificate must be given to the Weddings Coordinator.
First Time Marriage
Civil Marriage License is required; a valid Marriage License is a legal requirement for marriage in this state and can be obtained at the following places:
- Dade County Court House, 140 West Flagler Street Room #1503
- Joseph Caleb Center 5400 NW 22 Avenue Room #205
- Coral Gables District Court 3100 Ponce de Leon
- Miami Beach District Court 1130 Washington Avenue Room #224
- North Dade Justice Center 15555 Biscayne Blvd. Room #100
- South Dade Government Center 10710 SW 211 Street
These offices are open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Court requires two pieces of identification, one containing a picture. The fee for the marriage license as of 5/1/2007 is $93.50. When applying for your license, please bring your PRE-CANA Certificate and they will give you a discount of $32.50.
This discount is only available in Miami Dade County.
Do not let the clerk of the court, a notary or judge marry you.
The license must be given to the Coordinator of Weddings six weeks before the wedding. Following the marriage ceremony the best man and maid of honor sign the license. The wedding coordinator will mail the license to the Clerk of the Court and you will receive a certified copy by mail, usually 4 to 6 weeks after the wedding.
Bringing your Civil Marriage into the Sacrament - Required Documents
A copy of your:
- Marriage License
- New Baptismal Certificate
Are needed for you to receive the Sacrament of Marriage.
If either party was previously married
Regardless of whether the marriage(s) took place before a Justice of the Peace, or a member of the clergy of another religious denomination, a Declaration of Nullity needs to be proclaimed by the Catholic Church before it will be able to recognize the marriage you now wish to enter.
Each previous Marriage must be declared null before you can receive your sacraments or convalidate your current marriage through the Catholic church; therefore, you need to provide a New Baptisms certificate, Marriage License and Divorce Decree of [previous marriage] and it must be accompanied with $100 each to the Archdiocese of Miami
Preparing To Receive The Sacrament
The Wedding Coordinator will meet with all couples requesting wedding dates at Our Lady of the Lakes. This meeting will usually take place on a week day within one month of their filling out the wedding application.
At the time of the interview with the Weddings Coordinator she will discussed the church forms and the Fully Engaged questionnaire administered.
- The "A" form is the Pre-Nuptial Questionnaire and must be signed by the couple.
- The "B" form verifies your freedom to marry and must be signed by two people who are reliable and can attest that there are no physical, psychological or other impediments to your marriage. Usually these witnesses are the parents of the bride and groom.
Fully Engaged is a Catholic catechetical premarital inventory designed to help engaged couples solidify the foundation upon which they, together with Christ, wil build their Sacrament of Marriage. Grounded in Church teaching and loaded with catechetical content, this dynamic premarital inventory is a trustworthy guide that meets the real challenges today’s couples face.
You will be given their name and phone number within one week of filling out the questionnaire to set up an appointment to meet with them. You will be require to try and setup an appointment with them within one month of completing the couples Questionnaire.