Follow-Up Templates: Marriage

Three follow-up email templates to be sent 1 month, 6 months, and 12 months after a couple is married.

1 Month

Hello (Insert names)!

Congratulations again on your marriage! We are all so excited for you as you embark on this new chapter of your lives.

That being said, no matter how ready you are, marriage is a huge transition for everyone. Maybe things are going smoothly, or maybe you’ve found yourself arguing a lot more than you expected. Take a deep breath, relax, and trust the grace of the Sacrament.

The simple truth is, the first few months of marriage are different for everyone, and no matter how it’s going for you, know that we are here to help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, we would love to help. Is there a time we can schedule a meeting or a call with one of the couples on our marriage ministry team? These couples have been through plenty of ups and downs themselves, and are more than happy to provide any help and guidance that they can. 

This is an exciting time for you and all of us here at (Parish name) are in your corner. If there’s anything we can do to support you, please let us know. We are praying for you!

God Bless,

(Name of Pastor/Priest)

6 Month

Hello (insert names)!

It’s your 6-Month Anniversary! We hope things are going well for you, and we are continuing to pray for you here at (insert parish name)!

By now, you may be settling into a new routine or starting to face new hurdles in your relationship that have not come up before. We know it can be challenging, but remember that you are not alone.

If you find yourself struggling spiritually either individually or as a couple, I would encourage you to look into regular spiritual direction either here at (insert parish name) or with a priest, you know well and trust. Alternatively, if you’re having particular difficulties with your relationship we can provide the names of a number of wonderful marriage counselors. Or, if you’re looking for someone who’s been where you’ve been, we can partner you with one of our mentor couples who have weathered almost every storm.

The point is: marriage is a long and beautiful journey, but there may be some unexpected twists and turns. However, the good news is that you don’t have to figure it all out by yourselves. 

As always, we at (insert parish name) are here for you. If you have any particular prayer requests or need any support at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out and we’ll do whatever we can to help.

God Bless,

(Insert Pastor/Priest name)

12 Months

Hello (insert names)!

Can you believe it? It’s been a year since your wedding! Congratulations!

I have no doubt this has been a year unlike any other for you. Whether it was living together for the first time, or buying a house together, or figuring out who’s doing the laundry, marriage has all sorts of challenges and beautiful moments.

At this point, you may have welcomed your first child, be preparing for your first child, or are simply dealing with the ups and downs of parenthood. Or, you may be working through infertility or the grief of miscarriage. Whatever your current situation, I wanted to reach out to let you know that we are here to help.

If you feel like you’re alone and struggling as a parent, we can connect you with one of the couples on our marriage team who have been through the gauntlet of raising kids. Or, if you need resources on ethical treatment options for infertility we can provide you with resources and recommend doctors, as well as provide guidance and support through miscarriage.

Wherever you are at a year into your marriage, we are incredibly proud of you for making it through. Marriage is a long road, filled with all of the hills and valleys of the human story. Through it all, remember: the grace of the Sacrament is real. Christ is with you, and as always, we at (insert parish name) are here to help however we can. Happy Anniversary!

God Bless,

 

(Insert Pastor/Priest name)