Wedding ceremony planning template - Catholic, without Mass

This is an order-of-service template for a Catholic wedding service that does not include a Mass - though it can easily be adapted to many types of liturgical Christian marriage ceremony.

The worksheet has one line for each item that typically occurs in a wedding service, and space to record the specific details: what readings and hymns, who is doing them, what key the music is in, etc.   It can be used along side other wedding planning advice sites/guidelines which give advice about choosing specific items for your ceremony.

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About this template:

This form is designed so that: everything fits on one page, and very major item is listed - so anyone can see at a glance what happens when.


It is is particularly intended for:
  • The bride and groom, and whoever is helping them to plan the liturgical details of their wedding service
  • Musicians who need to know what they need to play / sing, and when it occurs in the service
  • Audio visual and other technical people, who need to know what equipment is needed where and when
  • Photographers, who want to know exactly which parts of the service pictures are needed in.

And it may be useful for other people who have a role in the service but are nervous about knowing exactly when they need to carry it out etc.

The listing is based on a standard order of service published by the United States Catholic Bishops.  You must also consult your own celebrant about what is required and / or possible in your parish / diocese / country, as there are some variations.

Please do change  the template to suit your needs - the Microsoft Word version is for this, while the PDF version will always print nicely.  

Make a copy of the template by right-clicking on these icons, and choosing the option (eg save target as, save file as) to save the file into your computer.

MS Word version
Wedding Ceremony Plan


 PDF version Wedding Ceremony Plan


More information about Catholic Wedding ceremonies

The book Celebrating Marriage: Preparing the Roman Catholic Wedding Liturgy [Book Softcover] is an excellent resource for more information about Catholic marriage ceremonies and the liturgical options and practises.

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