What is the difference between a contract template and a contract?

Templates save you time in that you only have to create them once, and then they can be reused over and over again from client to client. For example, if you have a particular wedding contract that you use for every wedding that you shoot, but there are small pieces of information that change (such as the venue location and the number of hours included in the package), a template can keep this organized for you.

Contracts are the actual documents that you send to the client for signing; you use a template to create a contract.