Catholic wedding program template for a
Catholic wedding during Mass
Following is a template you can use to create your own wedding program for a
Catholic wedding with Mass. Here's how:
First, work with your parish to plan your wedding liturgy. Do not use this
wedding program as a planning tool. See the Catholic wedding planning
section for information on planning your wedding liturgy, and the "Order of a
Catholic wedding during Mass" for an explanation of the parts of the
Select the text that follows and paste it into a word processing program.
Modify the text to fit your wedding. There is no "standard" Catholic
wedding program, so you may want to delete all but the major elements from
this sample wedding program in order to shorten it. On the other hand, you
may want to add the assembly's responses, for example, or instructions
regarding when to stand, sit, or kneel; you can find these elements in "Order
of a Catholic wedding during Mass."
If the service music is not available in your parish's hymnal, you may wish to
insert it directly into the program. (If you do so, you will need to obtain
permission from the copyright holder with the help of your parish.)
For additional tips on creating and printing your program, see "Creating a
The Wedding of
[Church name. e.g., Church of the Holy Redeemer or Saint Mary's Parish]
Alternate cover page
Celebrates the Wedding of
Alternate cover page
The Wedding Liturgy Uniting
in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
Prelude "Immaculate Mary" [List prelude music, if any.
You may also wish to list
the name of the composer
and/or the name of the
soloists or musicians
providing the music.]
Procession "Trumpet Voluntary" Find out more about
Please stand. processions
Gathering song "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" [At many Catholic
weddings, the gathering
Located in Hymnal #669. song is sung during the
opening procession, or
instrumental music is
played during the
procession, and the
gathering song is omitted.]
Penitential Rite [Optionally, you may want
to provide the words of the
penitential rite here.]
Gloria Located in Hymnal #318. Please join
the choir on the refrain.
Liturgy of the Word [The underlined headings
indicating the parts of the
Mass may be omitted.]
First Reading Genesis 2:18-24
Responsorial Psalm "The Lord is kind and merciful."
Please join the cantor on the refrain.
Second Reading 1 John 4:7-12
Gospel Acclamation "Alleluia"
Please stand and join the cantor on
Gospel John 15:9-12
Homily Please sit.
The Rite of Marriage Please stand.
Statement of Intentions
Consent and Exchange of After the exchange of vows, all join [A sung acclamation
Vows the cantor in singing the "Alleluia" following the exchange of
acclamation. vows is optional.]
Blessing and Exchange of After the exchange of rings, all join [A sung acclamation
Rings the cantor in singing the "Alleluia" following the exchange of
acclamation. rings is optional.]
General Intercessions Please respond to each prayer with
the response indicated by the lector.
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Preparation of the Gifts "Come to the Feast"
Located in Hymnal #333.
Sanctus (Holy, Holy) Please kneel. The Sanctus and other
Eucharistic acclamations may be
found in Hymnal #782 - 784.
Great Amen Please stand.
The Lord's Prayer
Sign of Peace You are invited to exchange a sign of [Instructions regarding
peace with one another. This is certain elements of the
usually done by shaking hands or Mass (such as the Sign of
embracing while saying, "Peace be Peace) may be helpful to
with you." non-Catholics, but should
be omitted if most of the
assembly will be familiar
with the ritual.]
Breaking of the Bread "Lamb of God"
Located in Hymnal #782. Please
Communion "Ubi Caritas"
"A Song of Hope"
Located in Hymnal #229.
Blessing Please respond by singing "Amen" [Note that a sung response
when prompted by the cantor. is optional.]
Recessional "Lift Up Your Hearts"
Located in Hymnal #691.
Back cover or inside back cover
Parents of the Bride [Names]
Parents of the Groom [Names]
Grandparents of the Bride [Names]
Grandparents of the Groom [Names]
Maid [or Matron] of Honor [Name]
Best Man [Name]
Flower Girls [Names]
Ring Bearer [Name]
Personal attendants [Names]
Ministers of the Liturgy
Altar servers [Names]
Ministers of Music [or: [Names]
Lectors [or: Readers] [Names]
Gift bearers [Names]
Communion ministers [Names]
Other information you may want to include in your wedding
Words of welcome encouraging your guests' participation in the celebration.
A request not to use flash photography during the ceremony.
Information on the Church's teaching about the reception of communion by
non-Catholics. You may wish to reprint the U.S. Catholic bishops' brief
statement on this topic.
Thanks and acknowledgements to those who helped to plan and organize the
wedding; don't forget your parish staff.
Quotes from Scripture, poetry, artwork—to be used to fill blank spaces.
Directions to the reception hall.