Couples must have a valid confirmation email with them on the day of the course in order to receive a certificate. Couples without such an email may not be given a certificate unless they can prove that payment has been made.
In order to receive a certificate on a group course, couples must participate as required and be respectful of other couples and the presenter at all times. Please note that Avalon retains the right to refuse to certify a couple where that couple was deemed to have failed to take part appropriately in the program.
Please note that where we do not offer refunds for failure to attend the course.
In the event that Avalon does not receive enough bookings to hold a group course on a given date or in a given venue, Avalon retains the right to offer couples a full refund or the option of completing the marriage course at home, by themselves in private, using the very popular home-study course, www.avalonrcdvd.com. Avalon will give couples the same certificate for completion of this course as they would receive for completing the Group course. Over 500 couples have successfully completed this online course around Ireland already.
The Avalon RC LTD course has been recognised by the Catholic Church since 2007. Some priests have a personal preference as to which course they want a couple to take. If your priest refuses to accept your certificate please inform him that he may be in breach of your rights as a consumer. Let’s imagine that he does not like the wedding venue you have chosen and tells you he won’t marry you unless you change hotel. What would your response be in this case?
Remember that you are paying the priest for performing your ceremony and you can choose any priest you like, this is your right. Some priests recommend Accord as it is owned and operated by the Church, however the Avalon Course is not inferior to Accord in anyway and our course content has been assessed and approved for use by Catholic Couples by Roman Catholic priests. Avalon can not offer refunds to couples whose priest refuses our certificate without a written explanation from the local Bishop as to the reasons for the refusal. This is in accordance with our understanding of the Consumer Protection Act and Irish Competition Law.
Please check with your priest before booking our course. Avalon is not liable for any refunds where a priest had not given his permission for you to do our course. We do suggest you argue with him your right to do a course that meets the Bishops Guidelines however which we believe ours does. Why not also contact your local politician or counsellor to inform them that you are being forced to do a course against your will which may be a breach of Competition Laws…this is known as “Tying In”..