Kimi K
Master February 2012

As Promised ~ Wedding Programs for Catholic Ceremony! :o)

Kimi K, on February 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM Posted in Planning 0 25
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With my wedding 25 days away, I’m determined to complete our wedding programs this weekend! For those that don’t know we’re having a Catholic Ceremony. Since half our guests aren’t Catholic, it’s important for them to be able to follow along and know exactly what’s going on. Knowing when to sit/stand/kneel can get confusing for those that have never attended a Catholic Mass.

Since there’s not much information out there, I wanted to make this post in hopes to help save a lot of Brides & Grooms time and frustration. At this point during the planning, the last thing we want to stress over is getting the programs accomplished!

Feel free to ask me if you have any questions :o)



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Latest activity by Stephanie, on January 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM
  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    The typical wedding program includes the following information. While some choose to do fans, pamphlets or scrolls, I found it best to do a small booklet. This way I could include everything including baby pictures without it feeling crowded.

    - This is what is typically included in a wedding program:

    - The full names of the bride and groom, the wedding date, and Church or location where the wedding is taking place

    - Wedding party (you can include bios with brief descriptions of each attendant's relationship to you)

    - A thank-you note to both sets of parents; one to all the guests is another frequent addition

    - The order of the wedding ceremony. This includes the musical selections (and the lyrics if you want people to sing), the composers, and the performers (if there is one), as well as readings, the source or author, and the readers. This is a perfect place to explain the rituals that go on during the Catholic Ceremony.

    - If you wish to honor deceased loved ones, you can include a memorial on the back page with a photograph, a fond memory, poem, or quote

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    Now, onto the program information!

    The best information I found online came from this website: http://catholicweddinghelp.com/wedding-planning/wedding-planning.htm

    Bookmark it. It’s answered every question and helped walk me through the entire process of Pre-Cana and last night it helped me design my program. My FH is not baptized so I will be sharing information for a non-mass ceremony. The website I posted above list and explain each of the 3 forms of Catholic weddings.

    Quick Link to the program: http://catholicweddinghelp.com/topics/order-wedding-catholic-unbaptized.htm

    Read it. Understand it. It gives you every little step by step detail of the ceremony.


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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    Now, onto the gold…. I came across this website and I just about peed my pants with excitement! This bride took the time to upload everything right down to the template onto her blog. How thoughtful! This is also a wonderful way to see exactly how a program will look once it’s set up. I’m sure the pictures I posted below will be difficult to read so click the link!

    http://bellsandbouquets.blogspot.com/2010/07/catholic-wedding-programs-for-non-mass.html?showComment=1328362869884#c3504300735235524108



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  • Carole M (a.k.a "old tart")
    Master October 2011
    Carole M (a.k.a "old tart") ·
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    Thanks so much Kimi. This helps out a great deal.

    Where are my manners? How did yours turn out? Do we get a sneak peek?

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  • Mrs. Lemmon (Amy H.)
    Master March 2012
    Mrs. Lemmon (Amy H.) ·
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    Thanks this will be a big help when I do mine very soon

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    @Carole, mine aren't totally finished yet. We won't have them printed until tomorrow evening and they won't be entirely put together until sometime this week. I still have a while to go before they're completed.

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    Another great website I came across. Not necessarily geared towards Catholics but it has some great general ceremony program set up as well as message ideas for the guests.

    http://ezweddingplanner.com/advice/weddingprograms.cfm

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    Bumppp

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  • Miss Michal
    VIP February 2012
    Miss Michal ·
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    I planned my programs from the same site! The only Catholics in the room were the priest, the cantor, and me. One mistake I made, though: We had a wedding without Mass, and Catholic Wedding Help (and the little book, Together for Life) indicated that we would say the Lord's Prayer, so I put it in the programs--words and all, since the families are Mormon and they don't use any prayers that you repeat. Turns out we didn't say it. Otherwise, the programs were fantastic.

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  • Katie Bug
    Super June 2012
    Katie Bug ·
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    Thanks Kimi! We're like you, having a full Catholic ceremony with mass, but not many of our guests are Catholic. We're planning to have an extremely detailed program so that people feel included and informed!

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  • Rachel
    Super July 2012
    Rachel ·
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    Us Catholics gotta make things so difficult and confusing for everyone. We're doing the full wedding mass. My favorite part will be the guests who are Catholic, but don't attend church regularly enough to know the changes made to some of the wording.

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  • Future Mrs. Redmond
    Dedicated February 2012
    Future Mrs. Redmond ·
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    I'm having a Catholic full mass wedding, my FH family is all protestant and it seems like the first question everyone FH knows that is non-Catholic has asked if it will be just a ceremony or full mass instead of other more meaningful questions like how has our planning been going. I was a bit appalled at how much of a difference this makes to non Catholics. My FMIL was saying how Catholic weddings last over 2 hours! How ridiculous! My officiant said full mass is just 15 min extra, are people really that tight about an extra 15 min? No one has to come if they dont want to! FMIL will have to suck it up, it is her sons wedding!

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  • Karen
    VIP June 2012
    Karen ·
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    Rachel L. , I DONT like the new wording! I've been reciting the same thing my whole life and they go and "tweak" it, ahhhhhh ! :/ Has it been hard for anyone else to "accept" the change?

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  • Honey B.
    Master May 2012
    Honey B. ·
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    Thanks Kimi! I've been waiting on a copy of the program from my FBIL's wedding to make sure I am not missing anything LOL so this helps a lot!

    Karen- they changed it because it was originially translated incorrectly so technically it was said wrong since they changed from latin to english.

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    I can agree that I do not like the new wording. It throws me off - and it makes the programs a little more confusing since I keep having to correct myself.

    For those having a full mass- remember, the information I posted are for when a Catholic marrys a non-baptized person. Full mass programs are a little different but can be found on the wedding help website I mentioned above. I think the blog I posted is a great help to anyone since it gives you a great visual on how to create the program. (AWESOME Template!!! Make sure to comment her blog and say thank you!)

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  • Abiti
    VIP June 2012
    Abiti ·
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    Thank you so much Kimi! this is very helpful as we are having a Catholic ceremony too. I was freaking out a little about the programs. u r awsome Smiley smile

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    Just found another basic outline:

    ENTRANCE RITE

    Pricession

    Opening Prayer

    LITURGY OF THE WORD

    (make sure to include book, chapter and verse for scripture)

    Old Testament

    Responsorial Psalm

    New Testament

    Gospel Acclamation and Verse

    Gospel

    RITE OF MARRIAGE

    Exchange of Vows

    Blessing of Rings

    PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

    Prayer of the Couple

    Prayer of the Faithful

    Nuptial Blessing

    CONCLUDING RITE

    The Our Father

    Final Blessing

    Recessional

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  • JoAnna
    VIP June 2012
    JoAnna ·
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    Thanks a million Kimi!!! Smiley smile Will save this! Although I cant seem to load that Catholic website Smiley sad

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    That's weird, it works fine for me. It may be because of your internet browser

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  • JoAnna
    VIP June 2012
    JoAnna ·
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    Thats true- going to try another computer later- but thanks!!

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