How to Word Your Wedding Programs

Making wedding programs can be somewhat tricky, what goes next? In what order is the bridal party? Can I list my step-parents? There are easy templates that you can find online, but be sure these important pieces are on the program!

Make sure you have included full names of the bride and groom, wedding party, the name of the officiant, city and state of the ceremony location, the wedding date, the order of the ceremony (including songs, composers, performers and readings), rituals, a thank you note, and if you would like to include a memorial to loved ones.

On the front cover of the program it should read the Bride & Groom’s full name, the wedding date, the name of the ceremony location with city and state. The program should contribute to your wedding theme.

Inside front cover should read the order of ceremony:

Prelude

Processional of the Bride

Greeting

Readings

Prayers

Exchange of Vows

Ring Ceremony

Unity candle ceremony

Pronouncement of marriage

Recessional music

The right side should include the names of the bridal party, including the officiant, parents of the bride & groom and grandparents of the bride & groom. You can include your step-parents as well.

Officiant

Parents of the Bride

Parents of the Groom

Grandparents of the Bride

Grandparents of the Groom

Maid of Honor

Best Man

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Flower Girl

Ring Bearer

On the back a thank you note from the couple should be included. You can also add a memorial for deceased loved ones that you would like to honor. Make sure the spelling of names, music, and locations are correct on your program. Wedding guests like to take home these programs as a keepsake from your wedding.

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