Post # 17
If there will be anyone at the Mass who isn’t Catholic I’d highly suggest having programs. Having been to Catholic weddings with non-Catholic people, I can say that it gets very confusing for them. Also, Catholic weddings (with full Mass) tend to be the LONGEST of all ceremonies I’ve ever attended-it helps for the non-Catholic people to have a program to follow so they at least know what is going on and at what point in the ceremony you’re at.
Post # 18
@thegreeneyedkri: I think after reading all these comments I will probably make up a simple program that will allow guests to follow along.
Post # 19
@lovelylight99: It might be a bit of a pain, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to explain to non-Catholic friends what was going on at a Catholic wedding. I’m sure people will appreciate it!
Post # 20
I would say go for it. My church required them so I typed them through Microsoft word myself. I can send you my template if you would like it.
Post # 21
If there are non-Catholics there it might be nice. But doesn’t the priest tend to explain what’s going on these days if you say you’ve got a mixed congregation?
Post # 22
Although it isn’t necessary, and certainly would be a place to cut costs, I think it would be a good idea. One of my friends got married last October, and although she and I were both raised Catholic, none of the rest of our friends were. They were all really uncomfortable during the ceremony, and had no idea what to do throughout. Afterwards, a couple of them said they’d been glad I was sitting with them, because it was the only way they knew when to sit or stand. From the perspective of your non-Catholic friends and family, I think it would help. Good luck!
Post # 23
I’m not catholic but have been to a catholic wedding twice, if I didn’t have the program I wouldn’t know what was happening. I saw do it. It doesn’t have to be extravagent, just piece of paper folded in half with info is more than ok with me and actually what the 2 weddings did, it wasn’t fancy like their invites etc.
Post # 24
We are Lutheran and we are doing programs, even though I was trying to avoid the cost. I’m doing them so that people know what is going on and how to respond to certain things during the service. While alot of our guests on my side are Lutheran and will know what is going on, most of his side won’t and would probably feel totally out of place while others are responding and singing and they aren’t.
Post # 25
I didn’t read all the other comments, but YES!
We’re doing a program and out service is like 20 minutes. Non-Catholics are always SUPER confused at wedding masses, I definitely think you need to do one to help them better understand what’s going on and follow along.
Post # 26
I’ve never been to a catholic wedding with programs.
Post # 27
I’m christian but a catholic mass is so confusing to me. I would want a program at a catholic wedding.
Post # 28
Is the liturgy for the wedding in any of the books in the pews? I’m Episcopalian and we use the Book of Common Prayer which has a section for the ceremony of marriage which is really easy to follow along with. If you have something like that available (I know that most Catholic churches use the books with the liturgy for each day, so I’m not sure if special masses are included), you could just make sure that the priest clearly explains what page everyone should be on, when they should stand/sit/kneel, and who should get up for communion. If the entire ceremony is available in a book, there isn’t really a need for you to print it out for them on a program. Honestly, I think people will follow spoken directions better and be more comfortable if someone is telling them what to do.
Post # 29
@hmmtmar: +1 same goes for me!
Post # 30
We are in the same situation – most of the guests are Catholics, but we are doing programs. Our church strongly encourages us to do them, and it is nice to accommodate those who aren’t Catholic so they know what’s going on.
Ours will be super simple – one sheet of 8.5 x 11 cardstock, cut in half length-wise, and printed on the front and back. One side will have the main outline (we won’t be printing out the full readings or anything like that), and the other will list the wedding party, parents, thank yous, etc. I think the extremely minimal cost of printing such a program is worth it to make our guests comfortable and enjoy the day a little more.
Post # 31
I’m going to be making wedding programs, but nobody will help me with them, not even my sister who is my maid of honor who has made them before!! My family is so mean. Haha. Anyway, does anyone have any examples of Catholic wedding programs they’d be willing to post or send me? I have my sister’s and some of my cousin’s, but I’m curious to see how others do them. I would appreciate it very much!!!