To celebrate a wedding with religious rites the parties must contact the parish to specify the date and time, as well as the other important details related to the liturgical celebration and marriage application:

Calle de la Caritat, 68

Telephone: 972 30 07 35

Opening hours: from 20:00 until 21:00

The rector will request a series of documents to be able to process the application, as well as a witness for each marital party. The witness must be of adult age. In certain churches they may request that the witness is a family member.

The documents which form part of the marriage application are:

  • Up-to-date literal birth certificate of the two partners. In order to obtain this document, the parties must request the certificate in the civil registry of their place of birth.
  • Baptismal certificate. This can be obtained in the parish where the party was baptised. This must be requested at least six months ahead of time.
  • Photocopies of the Identity Document, passport or residency card.
  • Certificate or confirmation of the Pre-Cana course.
  • Certain parishes may request documents such as the confirmation certificate and/or a certificate attesting that the party is unmarried. This last document must be requested when one of the marital parties is from a foreign country.

Regulation concerning marriage ceremonies in the parish of Palafrugell:

  • The parishes of Palafrugell try to welcome all individuals who wish to receive a sacrament. However this is not always possible. Individuals who are registered as residents in our municipalities or who have a second residence here shall be attended with priority, especially from May to September.
  • The parish has dates and specific times to celebrate marriages in all its churches, taking into account the numerous activities that take place in the church.
  • To celebrate the marriage in the church of Sant Sebastìa de la Guarda (El Faro) the following must be taken into account: the availability of the parish to be able to attend to the marriage (the church is municipal), the necessary documentation (marriage application, municipal authorisation and the approval of the parish), the delegation if appropriate of the priest or deacon, the necessary preparation for the sacrament, the economic payment to the parish and the transfer of the priest on the day of the ceremony.
  • The marriage ceremony officiated by a priest and deacon from another diocese requires a certificate or confirmation of ordination. By courtesy, it is also requested that the parties contact the parish ahead of time.
  • The Eucharist is only celebrated in the churches which have regular worship and sanctuary.
  • Celebration of ‘scheduled’ marriages or those organised by private, entertainment, event companies etc. shall not be allowed.
  • In order to celebrate a marriage in any of our churches, it is essential to have finalised the marriage application which includes the Preparation Course and the interview with the priest to prepare and comment on the different aspects of the ceremony (readings, songs, consent…).
  • The participation of florist, decoration, music, photography or wedding planning companies shall require prior approval by the parish, as well as the acceptance of these regulations. These data and the acceptance must be confirmed in the application. The florists must come from the municipality.
  • The installations of decorative elements must respect the chancel of the church: the sanctuary, the priest’s seat, the pulpit and the altar. In no case can these spaces be changed from their location or substituted by others.
  • The flowers and other decorative elements which are installed on the benches may not be placed with adhesive tape and must be easily removed.
  • All the decorative elements from the celebration must be immediately removed after the ceremony. The parties must arrange for the church to be cleaned after the ceremony. The elements must be installed prior to the celebration, one hour before hand.
  • The church’s megaphone equipment may not be used for the wedding music. The choirs, musicians, etc. must be located in spaces dedicated for this use, as long as the parish provides approval. The devices used (speakers, keyboards, etc.) must be immediately removed after the celebration. The content of both the songs as well as the music must respect the sacred space as well as the religious nature of the ceremony.
  • The economic payment, necessary to maintain the church, shall be based on aspects such as the maintenance, cleaning, use of electricity (music and photography equipment…), heating or air conditioning, service staff for the ceremony, etc. This payment must be made prior to the ceremony, for example, when all the aspects of the ceremony are prepared.
  • Taking into account the numerous activities that are carried out in our parishes at specific times of the year, punctuality is very important at the time of the ceremony. Punctuality is requested not only for the partners, but also for the priest or deacon who officiates the ceremony (both when beginning as well as ending the ceremony) as well as any professionals participating in the ceremony (florists, musicians, photographers…).If the punctuality is not respected, the attending priest or deacon may shorten non-essential aspects of the ceremony such as the music, readings and other texts.

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