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For Couples from Outside of Hawaii getting Married in Hawaii, click here.
1. Marriage Preparation: Contact your parish in Hawaii to arrange for your marriage preparation (that is, the parish near where you live or where you go to Mass). Marriage preparation ordinarily includes meetings with a priest or deacon, completion of required paperwork, the use of a premarital inventory (such as FOCCUS or PMI) which will be discussed with the priest or deacon, and participation in an Engaged Encounter Weekend.
2. Contact Information: Contact the parish where you wish the marriage to take place. If the pastor there agrees to having the wedding celebrated there, send to him the name, address, phone number(s), and email address for the following:
In many parishes, the pastor may have the marriage details handled by another cleric or parish staff member.
3. Letter of Permission: Once your priest or deacon in Hawaii has established your freedom to marry, he should write to the priest or deacon who will be celebrating your marriage outside of Hawaii. The letter should state the following [sample letter]:
4. Canonical Paperwork: At least three months in advance of the date of the wedding, your priest or deacon is to forward the following authentic documents (not scans, photocopies or faxes) to:
Tribunal and Canonical Affairs, 6301 Pali Hwy., Kāneohe HI 96744
The Office of Canonical Affairs of the Diocese of Honolulu will then review and approve the authentic documents and forward them to the diocese where your wedding is scheduled to take place. That diocese will also review the documents and forward them to the parish where the wedding will take place.
Photocopies of all authentic documents should be kept by the parish sending the documents until it is certain that they have arrived at the parish where the wedding will take place.
5. Liturgy Planning: Plans regarding music, choice of readings, and other details of the ceremony need to be arranged with the parish where the marriage will take place.
6. Marriage License: Please ask the parish where the wedding will take place about the marriage license requirements.
Some foreign countries may require a separate civil ceremony in advance of the canonical marriage rite.
7. Validations: For couples already civilly marriage now validating in the Catholic Church, the requirements are the same as a first time wedding. The only difference is that a copy of the existing civil marriage certificate must be provided with the rest of the prenuptial paperwork listed above.
(It is not necessary in most jurisdictions to get a civil license for a validation ceremony.)