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I've realized that having a full Catholic mass for our wedding might leave a few of our guests confused about what to do and when to do it. If you've ever been to a Catholic mass (or probably any church), there is a lot of sitting, standing, kneeling, responding, etc. I didn't want people to feel lost! I found a woman online who put together a really helpful program that she offered for download and then I just went through and edited it for our purposes (you can download my Free Catholic Wedding Program Template here.) Please note: the first page is a “cover” page. I suggest using a heavier cardstock for the cover. Pages 2+3 should be printed as a double sided page so that when you fold it, it functions as a booklet.


Free Catholic Wedding Program Template


We decided to print the programs ourselves and will just do a piece of cardstock for the cover (which we bought for our invitations) and then a plain piece of paper on the inside. We'll probably attach it all with thin black ribbon. I'm pretty happy with the way they came out and hope they will make our non-Catholic guests more at ease.

The front says: The nuptial mass celebrating the union of me and Nick in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Saturday the twenty seventh day of October Two Thousand and Twelve and then our church name and location.

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The first page lists the wedding party, parents, ushers, and celebrants as well as their relation to each of us.

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The inside pages outline the ceremony order. In parentheses it says when to sit/stand and also says how to respond if necessary (for the readings, gospel, prayers of the faithful, etc.).

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The second to last page is a general thank you, it reads:

We would like to express our sincerest thanks to all of you for helping us make this day a joyous celebration, especially our parents who gave us life; our families who shared our life; our relatives and friends who helped us to reach this special day. We are honored you can share these sacred and joyous moments with us today. May God bless each one of you. Erin & Nick

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On the very back of the program we just put a general note with some gentle reminders for our guests: Thank you for coming to our wedding celebration. It means a great deal to us that you are witnesses to  our marriage vows. Father Stanislao will signal when to sit and stand and this program will serve as a guide to the order of the service. We encourage you to listen, pray, and sing. All music can found in the Breaking Bread hymnal, located in the pews. In order to respect the dignity of the ceremony, we ask that there is no flash photography during  the service. Additionally, please silence all cell phones and other electronic devices.

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I pieced together the wording for those pages from resources online and using my own words. I felt that they covered everything we would want to share without being too wordy.

What do you think of our programs? Do you think the guests will appreciate them? Would you change anything?

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I'm Erin, a 29 year old teacher living in Baltimore, MD. I am marrying Nick who is obviously the love of my life, after 8 years together, Nick proposed on December 29, 2011 and we're getting married on October 27, 2012 in Ocean City, MD.

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  • Amanda

    I went to my first Catholic wedding last August. Luckily I went to the rehearsal so I wasn’t completely lost. So many things happened that I think would confuse Protestants or those that are non religious. A program is key at a Catholic ceremony!

  • Natasha

    This is such a wonderful idea! Would you please be able to email me a copy of your program? My email address is [email protected] I would really appreciate it! 🙂

  • mary

    Great idea….I would appreciate it if you would please email me a copy of your program. Thank you!

  • Streganona50

    Like your finished program. Helpful and easy to read. Please send me your file. Thanks

  • Shanna Andrew

    This is so perfect and helpful! We are getting married on June 29th (full mass..) and are worried about our non-Catholic friends. If you could email me this it would really help. I have been struggling with what to do and it’s starting to really get to me.
    Thank you for posting and sharing!!

  • JoAnn

    This is fantastic!! Could I get a copy from you as well?!

  • Mel

    I would love to receive a copy of this program as well! Could you e-mail it to me?

  • Heather

    Such a wonderful resource!!! I’m getting married on 7/27/13 and would love this template!! Can you PLEASE email it my way. Happy Fourth!!

  • Janessa

    I will be having a Catholic Wedding and would really love to have this template! It would help greatly!! Could you please email it to me? Thanks

  • Berenice

    I’ve been stressing so much about putting those together since my fiancé’s family is not catholic but we are. This program is just wonderful!!! Would you please email it to me? I’d really and truly appreciate it! [email protected]

  • Ursula Millward

    This is wonderful! I would love it if you could send me this template.
    Thanks so much!

  • Barb

    I would like a template also. Thank you

  • Patricia

    I would love a template please. thank you 🙂

  • Kelly

    I would like the template as well. I’m Catholic but more than half our guests attending our ceremony are not and will be confused. Your program looks great and to the point.

  • Marti

    My daughter is getting married in June and would love this template. We are Catholics and this is the best I have seen. Thank you so much:

    • I’ve updated this post with a link to download a catholic ceremony template now. Hope it is helpful to you!

  • Jennifer

    I am getting married in June and would appreciate you emailing me this template as I prepare my programs. Thanks!

    • I’ve updated this post with a link to download a catholic ceremony template now. Hope it is helpful to you!

  • Jenna

    I am getting married in May and would appreciate this template being emailed to me. Thanks!

  • Judy

    Hi! I would appreciate it if I could also get a copy of this wedding program please! Your Catholic program looks so lovely and is the best that I’ve seen!! Many thanks! 🙂

    • I’ve updated this post with a link to download a catholic ceremony template now. Hope it is helpful to you!

  • Christina

    Your program is by far the best I’ve seen — and I’ve been searching for MONTHS on how to create the perfect program for a Catholic wedding! I would be beyond grateful if you could e-mail your template to me 🙂
    Thank you!

    • I’ve updated this post with a link to download a catholic ceremony template now. Hope it is helpful to you!

  • Rebecca

    Hi! I just found your program! I’m having a Catholic wedding but most of my guests are not Catholic (and will be lost). I would be so grateful if you could just email me your template! Thank you!!

    • I’ve updated this post with a link to download a catholic ceremony template now. Hope it is helpful to you!

  • Lucia Hernandez

    I will really appreciate if you could email me the template too. I am catholic but some of my guest haven’t been to a catholic wedding thank you for offering this template. It is a life saver.

    • I’ve updated this post with a link to download a catholic ceremony template now. Hope it is helpful to you!

      • Jenna

        Hi Jessica,
        I have tried using the DL link and button numerous times and it just opens up a blank word doc page. Is there anyway you can email this to me? [email protected]. Thank you!

        • Try right clicking the link and clicking “Save As”! 🙂

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