In the Archdiocese of Dublin it is a requirement that all couples presenting for marriage will complete an approved Pre-marriage course. The Diocesan agency that deals with marriage preparation is Accord here is a link to find a suitable Pre-marriage course:
Both partners are required to have a Baptismal and Confirmation Certificate issued no more than 6 months prior to the date of marriage. In addition each partner is required to have a “Declaration of Freedom to Marry” form; this form can be obtained from the Parish Office. The form is to be completed by a family member – parent or sibling – stating that they know of no reason why their family member cannot be married, then form is then brought to a priest of the parish, signed in his presence and stamped by him. This form replaces the ‘Letter of Freedom’ however some parishes still issue & require a ‘Letter of Freedom’ so please check with the priest who is presiding at your wedding.
In addition to the above, a minimum of three months’ notice must be given to the Registrar of Marriages – this is a Legal/State requirement and is separate from any notice to the Church.:
Civil Registration Office,
8/11 Lombard Street East,
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 9:30 – 4:30
Contact: (01) 8638200
Click on www.civilregistrationservice.ie to get details for local Civil Registration Service Offices