It is important that a couple wishing to get married goes to see their priest in good time before the proposed date of the wedding; normally six months notice should be given. As well as preparation time with their priest, couples are also encouraged to attend courses arranged by Catholic Marriage Care or Engaged Encounter.All couples marrying today need the support of the local church. In this way they will be strengthened in the preparation, celebration and living-out of their covenant with one another.