A facile and economical route to preparation of highly ordered sliver pore or particle arrays with controlled pore-shape and size extended over cm(2) areas is described. The substrates are prepared at planar and curved surfaces via sphere-imprinted polymer (PDMS) templating using polystyrene spheres with diameters of 820, 600, or 430 nm. Nano-pore arrays are created by sputtering 80 nm of Ag directly onto the templates and nano-particle arrays are prepared by electrode-less deposition of Ag from Tollen's reagent. The shape of the nano-pore or particles in the array conformed to that of the imprint of the sphere on the template. Stretching the flexible template enable creation of cuboid shaped nano-voids and nano-particles following Ag deposition. Diffuse reflectance from the spherical Ag nano-cavity arrays showed absorbance maxima at wavelengths comparable similar to the diameter of the templating sphere, whereas reflectance from the cuboid arrays, showed little correlation with the sphere diameter. The cuboid nano-particle arrays showed the most intense visible absorption which is red-shifted compared to the spherical arrays. White light diffraction from the arrays, observed by rotating 1 cm2 substrates relative to a fixed light source, reflected exactly the symmetry axes of the periodic nano-features in the arrays demonstrating the remarkable macroscopic order of the periodic structures. Raman spectra of 1-benzenethiol adsorbed at the arrays indicated SERS enhancements from the substrates are attributed mainly to surface nano-roughness with only moderate contributions from the periodically corrugated structures. Despite excitation at the major resonance dip in the reflectance spectrum, a weak, localized rim dipole mode is found to elicit a small increase in the SERS enhancement factor for the 430 nm diameter spherical arrays. FDTD studies of nano-void arrays provided insights into various factors affecting the SERS experiment and confirmed the array's plasmonic spectra are dominated by propagating plasmon modes under microscope excitation/collection angles.