Wording Template for Creating your Wedding Order Of Service

The wedding Order of Service, or wedding program, is usually handed out by ushers to guests as they arrive.  It’s relatively simple to put one together, but since it is often left to the last minute, it can feel really stressful. So Southern Bride has put together some helpful resources, including an Order of Service Wording Template, to make this last minute wedding admin a bit easier for you.

Watch the video below or read on for the information you should include in your order of service.

This wedding order of service wording template will give you a guide to write your own wedding program. Click here to grab the Order of Service Wording Template as an editable form

The Order of Service makes a lovely memento and gives you the opportunity to communicate to guests lots of additional information about how your wedding day will run. Sometimes one large poster-board is put out on display, and this can do the same job, but without the need for ushers and sometimes at a lower cost.

Like much of the wedding stationery, knowing what needs to be included (and what can be omitted) is a bit of a battle.  Please note, if you are getting married at a Church, you should check with the priest/minister as they may have additional guidelines you need to follow.

Click here to grab the Order of Service Wording Template as an editable form

Wedding Order of Service Wording Template

Must-haves

    • The couple’s names
    • The wedding date
    • The location of the ceremony
    • Best man and groomsmen names
    • Maid (or Matron) of Honor and bridesmaid names
    • Officiant/Celebrant name
    • Usher’s names
    • Junior wedding attendant names
    • MC/Master of Ceremony’s name
    • Name of any guests doing a reading, and the reading name or bible verse

Optional details for your Order of Service

    • Names of the parents of the couple getting married
    • Organist/Pianist/any musicians playing live music at your ceremony
    • Name of Prelude Music
    • Name of Processional Music
    • Listing of the stages of your wedding ceremony (Introduction, Vows, Rings, Signing Register, Presentation)
    • Name of Recessional Music

Helpful details to include on your Order of Service handout (space dependant)

    • Hymn lyrics
    • The relationship of the wedding attendants to the bride and groom
    • Information profiling the wedding attendants
    • Timing and location  of wedding reception/wedding breakfast
    • Information on BBQ/brunch the next day
    • Any social media posting requests (Suggested hashtags, or restrictions)

With these details in mind, here’s a wedding order of service template for writing your own wedding program:

Front Page/Heading of Order of Service

Welcome to the wedding of Bride and Groom Wedding Date Wedding Location

Order of Service

    • Prelude
    • Processional
    • Welcome/Introduction
    • Statement of Marriage
    • Readings
    • Hymn
    • Vows
    • Signing of the Register
    • Presentation as Husband and Wife
    • Prayer
    • Recessional

Bridal Party

    • Bridesmaids
    • Groomsmen
    • Ushers
    • Minister
    • Pianist
    • MC

Click here to grab the Order of Service Wording Template as an editable form

Additional Information to Include

    • “All are welcome to attend an afternoon tea and cake cutting in the church hall, following the Ceremony”
    • Hymn lyrics
    • “Guests are asked to be seated by 5.30pm at the reception venue, to welcome the new Mr & Mrs by 5.45pm”.

If the thought of putting together your wedding program is still stressing you out, consider enlisting the help of a professional. Be My Guest is a local designer who can help, or you can find some beautiful electronic templates on Etsy – I’ve linked a few of my favourites throughout the post, or click here to nosey at my saved Wedding Ceremony items which have lots of Order of Service ideas throughout.

One last thing – if you’re on the home stretch to your wedding, and wondering if you’ve got everything sorted, make sure you check out the Last Minute “Have I forgotten anything” checklist.

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