I receive lots of questions from brides on what to include in their wedding program for the ceremony. I hope you enjoy this checklist and my thoughts on some of the components!
Typically, the front of the wedding invitation looks a lot like your wedding invitation and includes your names, date and time of the ceremony and the location of the ceremony. It should look something like this:
It starts with “The Wedding Ceremony of”, your names the location, and is followed by the Order of the Ceremony. The Order of ceremony is something you should get from your Officiant.
The next part is the Bridal Party. You will obviously include your bridesmaids and groomsmen, but also include the Officiant, followed by the grandparents of the bride, grandparents of the groom, parents of the bride, parents of the groom, ring bearer, flower girls, ushers, program attendants, etc. Also include the name of anyone like a soloist or musician here. Guests love to see how each of your bridal party are related to you. For example, can include “friend of bride” after your bridesmaid’s name.
At the end is where you should put any information about the following reception. If it is in the same location, let them know it is following the reception, by saying, “Please join us for a reception following the ceremony in the Great Hall.” Or, if it is at a different location, list directions and the address – maybe even a map.
Some Optional Information:
Weddings are about celebrations but also they are a time to remember those who cannot be there with you on your special day. So, I suggest including an “In Memoriam” to list those names. There are lot of great ways to say it (check Pinterest or Google for good inspiration), but simply put “We would like to remember those who are not with us today.”
Thanks your guests for being there with you and sharing your big day! We have lots of great ideas for thank you notes on our Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest.
Let your guests know if your mailing address has changed (or will change) so they can update their address books. You’ll want to make sure you receive all their Christmas cards!
Poems or Scripture
Including a special poem, reading or scripture is nice. If it is important to you, include it! You can also include anything of significance. If the flowers are in honor of someone, you are wearing your grandmother’s pearls or if the Pastor is reading from your family bible, include it! These sorts of things add a special touch.
Something Detailed is a wedding invitation etiquette expert based in Nashville, Tennessee. We publish Tuesday Tips every Tuesday on our blog and Facebook page. Like us to see it on your news feed!