Wedding Programs

Wording Etiquette 

Wedding programs can be a great way to welcome your guest to the ceremony and guide them through your service. You can also use the programs to introduce members of your wedding party, explain unique parts of your ceremony as well as remember family members that cannot be there with you. 

 
 

What your guests will expect to see:

  • Introduction of the couple
  • Date and location of the wedding
  • Order of events
  • Names of all songs and readings, and their deliverers
  • Names of the wedding party and their relationships to the couple

Other things to include:

  • Brief biographies of the couple and/or wedding party
  • Readings' actual text, favorite quotations, and song lyrics, with appropriate attributions
  • Explanation of religious and ethnic rituals/traditions, if generally unknown by many guests
  • Memorial sentiments
  • Thank you's
  • New home address for the couple
  • Directions to the reception if not at the same location

formal vs. Casual wording

Similar to wedding invitation, feel free to match the tone of the wording of your program to the atmosphere of the event.  More formal wording will usually skip numerals to spell out all the numbers of dates and times while more casual wording can use more abbreviations and even leave out middle names.


Wording Examples:

Progam - Cover or Introduction

The wedding ceremony of Amelia Rose & Liam Quinlan
January first, two thousand and fifteen
Milwaukee Methodist Church
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
OR
Amelia & Liam
1.1.15
Milwaukee Methodist Church
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Progam Contents - Bridal Party

The Wedding Ceremony uniting
Sarah and Liam
Saint Peter's Anglican Church
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 28, 2018
OFFICIANT
Monsignor Martin Murphy
PARENTS OF THE GROOM
Steven and Rhonda Clark
GRANDMOTHER OF THE BRIDE
Grace Fuller
MATRON OF HONOR
Kimberly Gladwin
BEST MAN
Hamilton Fuller
BRIDESMAIDS
Alexandra Allen
Kristin Allen
Maria Bush
Nadia Callaghan
Natalie Callaghan
Lisa Fuller
Alice Lombardi
GROOMSMEN
Erwin Ellis
Benjamin Townsend
James Fuller
Peter Fuller
Alan Kristie
Richard Lewis
Paul Jeffrey
Greg Russo
USHERS
Jonathan Griffith
Newman Alexander
READERS
Jaime Allen
Stephen White

Progam Contents - Order of Service

Prelude / Beau Soir
Processional / Air from Suite No. 3 in D
Greeting
Declaration of Intention
Prayer of the Day
Reading / 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:8 / Read by Ellen Fisher
Sermon
Vows
Giving of Rings
Acclamation
Marriage Blessing
Lord’s Prayer
Peace
Blessing
Recessional / Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

On our Wedding Day we share our happiness with those who live in our hearts.
Albert Fuller, Aligi Fuller, Nino Grayson Susan Allen

We would like to thank each and every one of you for joining us in celebrating our marriage today. We are truly blessed to have you in our lives. You are an inspiration and example for us. May our marriage be filled with as much love, laughter and companionship as you’ve experienced in yours. We love you.

 

 

CHOOSING A WEDDING PROGRAM FORMAT

Think about how you want your program to be presented. Envision how you would like the program to be held by your guests. If you you would like to include quite a bit of information a folded card or even a small booklet with a cover would be a good option; if you’re simply including the essential information, consider a flat card. Also be thinking about if you would like to incorporate a ribbon or bow into your program.

 

 

other paper pieces for your wedding day

This is also a great time to think about any other items you might want printed for your wedding day! Here are a few ideas below but feel free to let me know any other ideas you've dreamed up.

  • Welcome Cards - including weekend schedule, food & activity recommendations
  • Ceremony & Reception Signage
  • Food & Drink Labels
  • Place & Escort Cards
  • Seating Charts
  • Dinner Menus
  • Table Numbers
  • Favor stickers or gift tags
  • Thank You Notes