Top Tips: Wording your Order of Service
An Order of Service also known as a wedding program is normally a folded card or a flat double-sided card that shows your guests the format of your ceremony. It acts as a guide for your guest so they know what is happening throughout the ceremony.
The first or front page of the Order of Service is normally kept similar no matter what type of ceremony you're having.
Following on from this there will be a brief introduction which should include details on;
The content will then vary depending on the type of ceremony you will be having, religious or civil ceremony.
A religious service will generally follow the following format;
Lighting of the Candles
Liturgy of the word
Rite of Marriage
Declaration of Consent
Blessing and exchanging of the Rings
Lighting of the Marriage Candle
Prayer for the Newly Married Couple
Prayers of the Faithful
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Preparation of Alter and Gifts
The Eucharistic Prayer
Sign of Peace
Prayer after Communion
The Signing of the Register
This guide can be adjusted accordingly to suit your own ceremony and we would always advise that you confirm the structure of your ceremony with your priest or reverent. They may have a particular structure which they feel works best.
A civil service will usually include the following format;
Entrance of the bride
Introduction & Welcome
Definition of Marriage
Exchanging of rings
Lighting of the Unity candle
Declaration of Marriage
The Signing of the Register
Often couples will like to list the names of readings and songs that they will use in the ceremony. Again we would advise that when you choose a civil service, it is always a good idea to work closely with your Celebrant to decide on the structure of your wedding ceremony. Many civil ceremonies choose to have something to mark the marriage such as Irish Hand Fasting Blessing or Sand Blending, if you are having one of these make sure to add it to your order of service.
Usually, we find that the back cover of the order of service is a great place for couples to make and extra special mark, some of our favourite ideas are;
Including a heartfelt thank you note to thank your guests for sharing in your special day and to those who helped in all of the wedding preparations!
A community blessing, which will be read by your guests to the newlyweds during your ceremony.
A poem or prayer to remember loved ones who aren’t able to be at the wedding.
If you are getting married somewhere a little bit unique, historic or with special meaning to you a short paragraph on about the ceremony venue would be a lovely idea!
Including one of your favourite love poems or quotes will add some romance to your day!
Adding a fun timeline of your wedding day is an increasingly popular addition.
A custom map from your ceremony venue to your reception venue another idea growing in popularity!
All of our Orders of Service can be printed in the same design as the rest of your wedding stationery so it carries through your theme. Another alternative option is to get your Order of Service printed on a large foam board which can be put at the doorway into your ceremony venue.
See our full selection of Orders of Service here.