All the info you need

All the info you need

What is an engaged encounter (marriage preparation) weekend.  Here we hope to answer that.  If you still have unanswered questions please do check our faq pages here or get in touch through our contact page here.

Engaged Encounter is the sister organisation of Worldwide Marriage Encounter. Engaged Encounter is a Movement within the Catholic Church which provides couples, who are engaged to be married, with a formal course in marriage preparation.

We have more than 50 years’ experience in helping couples prepare for marriage in the Catholic Church. Our marriage preparation weekends for engaged couples will help get you ready for the big day and for the days, weeks, months and years to come.

A marriage preparation weekend is for all couples looking to get married, especially in the Catholic Church.  It is a precious time together, away from all the distractions of the wedding preparations – a time for each other.

The weekend is divided into a number of short sessions. Each session begins with a presentation by one of the couples and the priest, in which they talk about their own experiences of marriage.

After this, the couples are invited to reflect on a question and to write about their reaction to what has been said. Then they share their views with each other. This “working time” is private between the couple throughout the weekend. The only time everyone is asked to speak out loud is to introduce themselves.

Couples find this experience to be a valuable part of their wedding preparations – you can read testimonials here.

A marriage preparation weekend is for engaged couples intending to marry in the Catholic Church. The Weekend course fulfills the Catholic Church’s formal requirement for “personal preparation to enter marriage”. Couples will receive a certificate of attendance that will be required by the priest who will officiate at their wedding.

No!  The focus of the Weekend  is on you and your relationship as a married couple, irrespective of Faith. The Weekend is presented by Catholic married couples and a Catholic priest and designed specifically for couples intending to get married according to the rites of the Catholic Church.

For non-residential weekends the cost is £175 per couple.
You will be asked to make this payment as part of the booking process.

For residential weekends there is a booking fee of £50 per couple.
You will be told the actual cost of your weekend before you leave, as different centres charge slightly different rates, and you will be asked to give as generously as you can towards this. However, the most important thing is that everyone should have the chance to experience one of these weekends, irrespective of their ability to pay. No-one is ever turned away because they can’t afford it.

If you have any concerns or questions about cost please email –

Yes, the Anglican expression offers marriage preparation weekends, you can visit their site here.

Engaged Encounter is faithful to the Catholic Church’s teaching, as stated in Canon Law. Marriage is a covenant that exists between one man and one woman.  Any reference to marriage or couple made by Engaged Encounter is in this context.

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