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Wedding – Church Requirements (Part 3)

It has been basically almost 2 years since our wedding. So this information is a bit foggy and not as detailed in my earlier posts. If anyone finds anything amiss in the post, please feel free to email me, or comment below so I can make the amendments. Please visit your locale for more complete details.

Assuming you have fulfilled all the legal requirements, photocopy EVERYTHING and bring them with you just to be safe. You don’t want to be the one to line up then get bumped off because you didn’t photocopy that one document.

Since we are members of the Iglesia ni Cristo, the requirements are a bit different.

Iglesia ni Cristo

Iglesia ni Cristo

Procedure

>> Pick a church

The couple will have to decide in which locale they want to be married. As you might expect, weddings at district locales have a long waiting list. Unless you really REALLY want to get married there, I suggest picking one of the locales where one or both of the couple is registered.

>> Pick a date

When decided, reserve the desired date of the wedding in the Locale and sign the registry with the Kalihims.

Then talk to the Pangulong kalihim and ask about the necessary steps/papers required. Their office will give you a checklist of everything you will need to accomplish and a form.

>> MAKE SURE to ask how many copies are needed.

I will summarize below to the best of my memory.

>> Documents

You have to get the following documents for both the Bride and Groom.

  1. Parents letter of consent.
  2. Patotoo from the Pastor of Locales where they the couple are registered
  3. Signatures from the Head Deacons where they the couple are registered
  4. Patotoo from the Head of the “Kalihiman ng Ilaw ng Kaligtasan”
  5. Patotoo from the District offices where both are registered.

This takes quite a bit of effort since you may have to go back several times to get all the signatures.

You will also have to list down your Godparents (Ninong/Ninang/Sponsors).

Non-INC godparents are limited to only 2 in total. This is important. If you wish to include non-INC godparents you will have to write a letter of explanation and add it to your stack of documents.

Once you have all the papers, take it to the Pangulong kalihim to verify everything.

You will also have to compile signatures from the important people in the locale where you are to be wed. This includes:

  • All Head Deacons (Mga pangulong diakono)
  • The head of the choir (Pangulong mang-aawit)
  • groundskeeper/bantay kapilya(he will be the one to arrange the furniture etc.)
  • Pastor of the locale

They will then compile everything for you to take to the District where you will be wed.

Go to the district office where the secretary there can help you find a Minister to facilitate your seminar and to facilitate the actual wedding ceremony. They may be the same person but, that wasn’t our case since the Minister that wed us was a TV personality as well.

You will have to meet with both ministers so that you can coordinate. If possible ask for their mobile numbers.

>> Seminar

You will also have to attend a pre-wedding seminar to prepare you for the proper life of a Buklod or Married couple. This takes around 3 hours but is very helpful and informative especially for you couples who have little idea of what it is to be a mature wedded couple.

After the seminar the Minister will sign your wedding form.

Take the form and all the other documents back to the Office of the head of the District.

You will then have to take the papers to the Office of the head of the District to have everything verified. In our case this was in Metro Manila Central.

Once the District office clears you, then all is well. You can continue preparations for your wedding.

>> Rehearsal

The day before the wedding you will meet with your wedding minister and all the important people in your wedding. These are:

  1. Parents
  2. Sponsors (Ninongs and Ninangs)
  3. Best Man
  4. Maid of Honor
  5. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
  6. Ringbearer
  7. Flowergirls

Make sure to call the minister in advance. We forgot to notify him ahead, but he rushed to make it.

You will practice everything including walking, places, and when to sign the documents. Don’t worry if you fail to memorize the steps as the Minister will still be guiding you on the actual day.

>> Wedding

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Bring a small handfan if your local is not air-conditioned.
  • Order food for the choir. They are doing this for free so give some love. The typical number of singers are around 30 for small locales.

You will go through the actual steps that you covered during rehearsal but this time, you will sign the actual papers.

Once the papers are signed, the Minister and the Pangulong Kalihim will take care of taking everything to the NSO/City Hall etc.

Follow up with the Pangulong Kalihim so you’ll know when you can order your NSO certified marriage certificate.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Previous blog: Wedding – Important Things (Part 2)

INC Wedding Series:

  1. Wedding – INC Wedding intro
  2. Wedding – Important Things (Part 1)
  3. Wedding – Legal Requirements (Part 2)
  4. Wedding – Church Requirements (Part 3) (this post)

photo by Jgcanlas

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26 thoughts on “Wedding – Church Requirements (Part 3)

  1. A good comment was posted here

    Comment: May I ask if in INC wedding their is arrhae bearer, bible bearer? And secondary sponsors who will light the candle, put viel and cord to the couple?

    Answer: There’s just a ring bearer and a flower girl. No candle lighting, veil nor cord. No coins, no rice, no whatever.

    The church itself does not not need to have a complicated setup. There will usually be a member of that locale who does the task of arranging flowers etc. part time. They will know what’s appropriate or not. The caretaker of the locale will be in charge of setting up the chairs etc.

    All the required people will be indicated in the form for applying for marriage given by the church administration.

    As for the sponsors, there are no tiers and levels for sponsors. If the couple would like that, it will not be part of the actual church ceremony but they can be recognized in the reception if desired.

    During the course of the wedding application and getting things signed in the church, you will be notifying the people of note such as the choir leaders, head deacons, etc.

    Also, as a very important note, even though the church does not require payment, it would be great to sponsor some food for the choir and the people in the locale after the ceremony. My wife and I bought pancit and softdrinks for them and had it delivered straight to the office of the light of salvation in the locale.

    • As far as I can remember we had 4 sets of sponsors so 8 people. But that was only because only a maximum of 2 non-INC sponsors are allowed. So my wife, who comes from an INC family had 6 people. I myself, being the only INC in our family, had 2.

      I think the allowed number is 3 sets for the bride and groom each.

  2. For the entourage, pwede ba kung di sila INC member? Most of our friends kasi are non-members eh. Brother ko lang ung INC sa mga abay ko. Thank you

  3. For the entourage, pwede ba kung non-member sila? Most of our friends kasi are non-member eh. Brother ko lang INC sa mga abay namin. Thank you

  4. May payments po ba for the church??
    Pano po ung sa parents hiwalay na po kasi ako eh dahil pinalays po ako dhl sa paglipat ko sa inc..pwede po ba proxy??

    • Hi Lexlyn,

      – Wala pong bayad ang church. Magpapancit lang po kayo sa choir bilang salamat. Pero hindi naman required. 🙂
      – Pwede po ang proxy.

      – No payments for the church. Just treat the choir to some pancit as a thank you, but that’s not required.
      – Proxies are ok

  5. Hello, can you provide a sample of the request to the District Minister, requesting to be married? I am writing mine and want to make sure that it has all the necessary information and is formatted correctly. Thank you!

    • Hi Em, it would be better to approach your locale. They could possibly have a template.

      I’m sorry to say I don’t have a copy of ours anymore.

    • No, I don’t think so unless the nearest locale is unaccessible, in which case you shouldn’t have moved there in the first place. 🙂

  6. Good morning,

    Do you know how long it’ll take to be cleared for the wedding once everything is signed and completed? And is there a chance that it won’t be cleared?

    Thank you

    • I think as long as there are no problems with your situation it wouldn’t take long. I’m not sure what you mean when you say cleared though. Which part of the process do you mean?

  7. Did you convert to INC just to be able to marry your wife? And what are your routine obligations as a member of the church? What’s it like being married to the Iglesia ni Cristo?

    • Hi Guy,

      1) No, that is not allowed and immoral. So please don’t do that.

      2) Routine obligations will depend on the level or responsibilities you take. If you don’t take additional responsibilities then it’s attend church twice a week, committee meetings once or twice a month.

      3) I assume just like being married to anyone else. People are people. 🙂

    • Hi po. now is may 2017 plan po sna nmen magpasched ng wedding by august or july? ok lng po b un or need n 1 year before the reservation?

      • Hi Nhezz, dapat i-book agad-agad kapag may napusuan na na lokal. Sa mga mas sikat na lokal e maraming magbubook. Sorry sa nahuling response. Sana’y nakapagbook din kayo.

        Translation: Book as early as you can. Booking can be tight in more popular locales. Sorry for the delayed response, I hope you got your booking done.

  8. Hi! How many months in advance did you reserve the date at the locale? We’re getting married in 7 months, but I want to make sure that we’ll get married at the date that we want so I want to know how many months in advance should we reserve the locale.

    • I think it was around 4 months prior to the date in our case. BUT if you want to get married in the more popular locales, you should book it yesterday! 🙂 The secretary will just write your names down in a log book.

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