The order of service

You've chosen the music and the readings, now it's time to write the order of service thanks to these templates.
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Photo | LovePaperWishes at Etsy

The order of service is a step-by-step account of what your guests can expect throughout the ceremony. Whether you're having a civil or religious ceremony, giving an order of service to your guests as they arrive will ensure everyone knows what to expect and doesn't sneak off at a crucial moment (ie - when you're exchanging your vows!) Some people like to include the complete breakdown of the service - including the words of the minister and response of the couple, whereas others use it only as a guide with the basic details of the service and perhaps printed words to the hymns or songs too.

Here's how to set out your order of service...

Wedding order of service for a religious ceremony 

Front page

  • Name of place of marriage
  • The marriage of ....... (bride and groom's names)
  • Date and time

Inside

  • Entrance music for bride
  • Hymn/song (words)
  • The marriage
  • Prayers (optional)
  • Reading (optional)
    Text name and author
    Read by …
  • Blessing (optional)
  • Hymn/song (words)
  • Reading/blessing (optional)
    Text name and author
    Read by …
  • Signing of the register
  • Exit music for bride and groom
Photo | Lisa Dawn Photography
Photo | Lisa Dawn Photography

Wedding order of service for a civil ceremony 

Front page

  • Name of place of marriage
  • The marriage of ....... (bride and groom's names)
  • Date and time

Inside

  • Entrance of the bride

  • Welcome and introductions

  • Reading (optional)
    Text name and author
    Read by …

  • The marriage ceremony

  • Reading (optional)
    Text name and author
    Read by …

  • Signing of the register

  • Exit of the bridal couple

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