“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." CCC 1601
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony goes much deeper than the beautiful wedding celebration on their wedding day. A man and woman give themselves freely, totally, faithfully, and fruitfully to one another for the rest of their lives. Through this Sacrament, God provides the grace necessary to endure the joys and trials that the couple will experience throughout life, and the couple stands as a witness to the love that Christ has for His Bride, the Church.
If you are engaged to be married, you will need to contact your parish and have a meeting with the priest or deacon in order to confirm your eligibility to marry and to set a date for the wedding. From there, the parish will instruct you on how you and your fiancée will complete your marriage preparation.