Monday, March 11, 2013

Catholic Wedding Program Templates

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Having trouble finding a way to create a customizable, maybe downloadable, specifically Catholic wedding program? The week before my wedding, I made a huge mistake.  I had been to enough wedding Masses, I thought, and I love graphic design, so I figured Mass programs would be an afterthought; a quick little project I could throw together and then check off my list.

Not so.  How the heck, I eventually wondered, did I number the pages of my computer document so they'd come out in the right order when folded?  How could I explain the guidelines for receiving communion in a sensitive way?  And how could I possibly condense readings, song lyrics, information, the wedding party, reception directions, and beyond into just a few pages?

I wish I'd known Claire two years ago.  Until last month, we were strangers, but this sweet reader recently sent me three wonderfully informative programs she designed for friends' weddings, completely out of the blue and straight from her generous heart!  Here's Claire's take:

Many of my husband's and my guests weren't Catholic when we got married, so we made our program a "guide to the Mass" along with giving all the typical info.  Since then, many of our guests have asked me to duplicate our program, with various emphases, for them, and we've done it as their wedding gift.  Several priests have read through them.


I learned the hard way what a pain it can be to design the perfect program, so I'm incredibly, gratefully excited to share these with you today! Click here to access three versions of the program.  You should be able to download and edit them for fonts and content. Thanks so much, Claire!

Do you have any other program or Mass planning advice?  Share it in the comments, and if you missed Mandi's post on kindly explaining Catholic wedding traditions to family and friends, check it out here.



P.S. If you haven't seen Moonrise Kingdom, the movie from whence came the photo above, I can't recommend it enough for your next date night!

P.P.S. My newest monthly column is up on Ignitum Today!  You can read it here.

16 comments:

  1. Haha! That's exactly what I probably would have done with programs. These look great though. I'm going to have to take advantage of them. Thank you!!

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  2. yes-designing the program for our wedding is an afternoon i do not enjoy remembering. why is it so hard?!

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  3. Wow, Stephanie this would have been so helpful for us when we got married...it was tricky finding the right one!

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    1. It really is so hard! I hope these can help out other brides so they aren't in the boat we were in!

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  4. Oh this is so funny! Okay, so I'm not talking about the program panic at the last minute (but I totally understand since we had a Tridentine wedding mass which was a p-a-i-n in the youknowwhere to put into program form). However, regarding the movie, my husband and I love Moonrise Kingdom and raved about it to my family, so tonight I'm having girl night with my mom and bff and we're watching it. What a funny coincidence! So here is my seconding your movie recommendation.

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    1. Oh my goodness, you must've had so much additional text to add to your programs! Love that you love this movie, too; it's so cool to find another Wes fan!

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  5. I would really like to see these... I'm missing where to click to download/view....

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    1. The word "here" in "Click here" links to a Dropbox page with the downloads. If that doesn't work, here's the link!

      https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w1shxfw2rxzjp7z/sGAryeWECS

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    2. UPDATE! The link is now

      https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rhl95gyp8aiv3o1/AACQHg3rgk4E0CjTby8HIqNia

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing these! Wish I had these when we got married. I had a very dear friend who spent many hours working on the programs for our wedding. Now as a parish wedding coordinator I am asked frequently by couples for templates or samples- these are amazing and will be shared with many couples marrying in our parish. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!!

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    1. I'm so glad they'll be helpful to your ministry!

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  7. HI! The documents aren't coming up! Can you please email them to me at hpenzenstadler@diopitt.org?!

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  8. Please send me the documents dawesls@gmail.com. Thank you

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  9. Would you be able to also email these to me?
    Thanks!
    Rylee (73magee@cardinalmail.cua.edu)

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