Wedding Program Wording

What to Include in Your Wedding Program

Many brides focus all of their attention on designing breathtaking wedding invitations, forgetting that wedding programs are just as important. Without a program, your guests won't know what's happening on your special day!

The Elements of a Great Wedding Program

Generally, a wedding program has four parts:

  1. The Introduction: The introduction includes the names of the bride and groom, the day and date of the ceremony, time, location, city, and state.
  2. The Ceremony Order: The ceremony order outlines the segments such as the prelude, seating, vows, readings, and processional. You may also list the titles of the musical pieces, selected lyrics, and wording of prayers here. Be sure to list the events in the order they will occur.
  3. The Names of the Bridal Party: The bridal party section lists all participants in the wedding. Use titles such as Mr. and Mrs. for a formal wedding, but these can be omitted for a small, casual ceremony if desired.
  4. The Closure: This section allows for some creativity. You can thank your guests and those who are hosting the wedding, include a cute story about how you met, or end with a meaningful poem or quote. In some cases, couples also include their engagement photo as part of this section.

Formal Wedding Program Wording

The following is an example of wedding program wording for a traditional church ceremony.

The Marriage Ceremony Uniting
Allison Mae Johnston
Henry Chad Meyers
on Saturday, May 1, 2015
at half past six o'clock in the evening
St. Mary's Church
Portland, Oregon
Prelude .......................... "You Came Along"
Solo .................................."Love is in the Air"
Lighting of the Candles
Seating of the Mothers
Processional ..................."Canon in D"
Wedding Message .........Rev. Tom Anderson
Solo ..................................."On Bended Knee"
Exchange of vows
Exchange of rings
Announcement of marriage
Solo .................................."Forever More"
Presentation of the Bride and Groom
Recessional ..................."Ode to Joy"

Bridal Party Members

Parents of the Bride: Mrs. and Mrs. Jacob Johnston
Parents of the Groom: Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas Meyers
Maid of Honor: Miss Stephanie Lynn Johnston, sister of the bride
Bridesmaids: Miss Tiffany Dacken and Miss April Lanchester, friends of the couple
Flower Girl: Miss McKenzie Avery, niece of the bride
Best Man: Mr. Thomas James Meyers, brother of the groom
Groomsmen: Mr. Eric Benton and Mr. Matthew Betts, friends of the couple
Ring Bearer: Mr. Jackson Nolte, nephew of the groom
Officiant: Rev. Elizabeth Fisher
Pianist: Miss Randi Helzer, friend of the couple
Soloist: Mrs. Jessica Jaymes, friend of the couple

We are honored you can share these sacred and joyous moments with us today. May God bless each one of you.

Informal Program Announcement

For a small, informal wedding, simply leave out the parts of the program that don't apply to your situation, omit titles for the bridal party, and use a friendlier welcome for your guests.

We're Getting Married Today!
Allison Mae Johnston
Henry Chad Meyers
Saturday, May 1, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Ravensworth Gardens
Portland, Oregon
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
The Kiss
Presentation of the Bride and Groom
Time to Celebrate - Dinner & Dancing!

The Wedding Party

Parents of the Bride: Jacob and Margaret Johnston
Parents of the Groom: Thomas and Ava Meyers
Maid of Honor: Stephanie Lynn Johnston, sister of the bride
Best Man: Thomas James Meyers, brother of the groom
Officiant: Elizabeth Fisher, friend of the couple
Pianist: James Kepner, friend of the couple

Memorials and Dedications

If you would like to honor a friend or family member who has passed away, your wedding program is an excellent place to do so.

We Remember

Although some of our loved ones are no longer with us, they are forever in our hearts.

In loving memory of
Dr. James Johnston, grandfather of the bride
Minnie Meyers, grandmother of the groom
Brandon Clark, friend of the couple

Reception Information

If your wedding reception is at a location that may be unfamiliar to your guests, including a map with your wedding program is a thoughtful touch.

We invite you to join us for a reception dinner and dance immediately following the ceremony at the Sackville Country Club. For your convenience, directions are available on the back of this program.

Unplugged Wedding

In today's high tech society, it's common for photos and videos to pop up on social media as an event unfolds. If you'd like to protect your privacy, here's how to politely request that guests refrain from social media postings.

Please help keep our wedding private by not sharing photos and videos on social media until we do. We promise to share the official photos from the photographer we've selected as soon as they are available. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the day!

Thank You,
Henry and Allison

Who Should Receive a Program?

When deciding how many programs you'll need, keep in mind that you'll need more programs than invitations. Although invitations are only sent out one per household, every teen or adult will want a program at your wedding. If your wedding guests include several young children, you may want to prepare programs with small puzzles or coloring sheets to help keep them quiet during the ceremony.

Distributing Your Programs

There are several different options for distributing your wedding programs. If you are using ushers, they can hand out the programs. If you have children in the family who would like to be involved, you may have them hand out programs. If neither of these options is applicable, printed programs may simply be placed in decorative baskets at the entrance to the ceremony or on the chairs or pews.

The Printable Wedding Can Help

Today's wedding programs are a reflection of a couple's individual tastes and creativity. Printed wedding programs are one of the little details that add that extra special something to the big day. Express yourself with a wedding program that will impress your guests and reflect the real you by using one of The Printable Wedding's program templates.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team