Getting married in the Catholic Church means that you have to have a Catholic Wedding Ceremony. There are two different kinds of ceremonies: the Catholic Nuptial Mass, or the Catholic Wedding Service.

For each option, we’ve created a guide below, with the order of events for either ceremony. For some of the events, you can choose the readings and the prayers. We’ve given you a selection of options that are available next to each of these events: these will help you complete your Wedding Booklet and prepare for your Catholic Wedding Ceremony.

Jump to the guides for each ceremony here:

The Catholic Nuptial Mass

A Catholic Nuptial Mass is made up of the Liturgy of the Word, The Rite of Marriage as well as The Liturgy of the Eucharist (Communion). Below is the order for a Nuptial Mass

  • Entrance Rite:
    • Entrance Song/Music
    • Greeting
    • Penitential Rite
    • Lord, Have Mercy
    • Glory to God
    • Opening Prayer (Options)
  • Liturgy of the Word:
  • Liturgy of the Sacrament:
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist:
    • Offertory/Preparation of the Gifts
    • Prayer over the Gifts (Options)
    • Eucharistic Prayer
    • The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)
    • Nuptial Blessing (Options)
    • Sign of Peace
    • Communion
    • Prayer After Communion (Options)
  • Conclusion:
    • Final Blessing (Options)
    • Signing the Register
    • Recessional Song/Music

All options for a Catholic Nuptial Mass

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The Catholic Wedding Service

A Catholic Wedding Service is made up of the Liturgy of the Word and The Rite of Marriage but does not include The Liturgy of the Eucharist (Communion). Below is the order for a Catholic Wedding Service.
  • Entrance Rite:
    • Entrance Song/Music
    • Greeting
    • Opening Prayer (Options)
  • Liturgy of the Word:
  • Liturgy of the Sacrament:
  • Conclusion:
    • The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)
    • Final Blessing (Options)
    • Signing the Register
    • Recessional Song/Music

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