For couples planning a Catholic wedding

About this site

People search for "Catholic wedding" related terms on the major search engines an average of 193,000 times every month, according to statistics provided by Google. Many of those searches are made by recently engaged couples who are considering marriage in the Catholic Church. Younger couples in particular turn to the Internet to get an idea of what to expect—oftentimes even before they contact their parish.

Many of the top search results for "Catholic wedding" related terms are run by non-Catholic wedding vendors. The information on these websites is generally unreliable, incomplete, or downright wrong; many lack any theological or pastoral perspective. exists to provide engaged couples and other interested persons with accurate, complete information about Catholic weddings within the United States. It is owned and operated by Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. Our mission is to serve the Church by providing Catholics with materials that will strengthen their relationship with Christ, deepen their commitment to the Church and help them to see the world through the eyes of faith. We accomplish this by producing high-quality and trustworthy resources that are engaged with the contemporary world and faithful to what the Church teaches. For the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' official marriage website, see

Why link to Catholic Wedding Help?

Every month, tens of thousands of couples search for information about Catholic weddings at one of the major search engines. Those search engines rank their results partly by the popularity of a given web page, as measured by the number of other web pages that link to it. In order for to be one of the top results for those searches (as opposed to pages run by wedding vendors), we need links from other websites.

Linking to can be beneficial to you, too. Couples who link to this website from their wedding website can direct their guests to useful information about Catholic weddings—especially if they choose to link to our "What can I expect at a Catholic wedding?" page. Parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries can direct couples to our overview of Catholic wedding planning, so they know what to expect before they begin planning. Couples will find information about everything from the importance of marriage preparation to relevant texts from the The Order of Celebrating Matrimony in our handy topical index.

How to link to us

The best way to link to this website is to create a link using relevant words and phrases. For example, you could link to us using our website name:

see Catholic Wedding Help for more information.

Or you could link to an internal page:

click on the following link to find templates for creating a wedding program.

Before planning your wedding Mass, check out
the order of a Catholic wedding with Mass.

You will find advice for choosing appropriate music
on the Catholic wedding music page at Catholic Wedding Help.

Linking to us using just our web address ("For more information, see"), while helpful, does not give the search engines any "clues" about what the content of our website might be. Linking using relevant words and phrases helps us rank well in the search engine results for those words and phrases.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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The contents of this website, unless otherwise noted, are copyright © 2008 - 2017 by and Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. Permission is given to reproduce portions of this website under the following circumstances:

  • Engaged couples are granted permission for the one-time use of portions of this website in printed wedding programs.

  • Individuals and non-profit organizations (e.g., parishes, dioceses) may reproduce portions of this website in printed materials to be distributed to engaged couples, provided that the materials are free of charge and provided that the source of the reproduced material is acknowledged somewhere on the printed materials (e.g., "Portions of this handout were provided by").

This permission specifically excludes electronic reproduction.


Copyright notice for texts from The Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); excerpts from the English translation of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony © 2013, ICEL. All rights reserved.


Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc. and some additional texts copyright © 2016, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the permission in writing form the copyright holder.


Individuals who wish to reproduce text from The Order of Celebrating Matrimony for their own use (including reproduction in wedding programs) must follow the ICEL copyright permission procedures, which may be found at


New Revised Standard Version Copyright Notice

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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