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For more information contact Sue at: Civil Celebrant Services Australia


The Wedding Program or Order of Service

Whilst not every Wedding couple needs nor wants to have a Wedding Program (also commonly known as an Order of Service), there is still a huge demand for designs and wording. In the past, Civil Ceremonies have been unlikely to warrant a Wedding program due to their more simplistic, ‘cookie-cutter’ format. However nowadays Civil Ceremonies are becoming just as lavish as the more traditional Religious Ceremonies.
The Wedding Program is used to inform guests of the order of the ceremony, to formally introduce the Wedding Party, and for the Bride and Groom to offer a personal message to their guests. It can also be a great memento of the day for yourself, your guests, and for your future children.

Design of the Program

Wedding Programs can be whatever you want them to be from simple single sheets to cards with insert pages to elaborate, custom die-cut creations. Whatever style you choose, make sure that it is in keeping with your Wedding format. Most stationery providers will be able to offer you a selection of Wedding programs that match/compliment your invitations and other Wedding stationery. If you are on a tight budget you could consider creating your own programs and either printing them yourself or using your local print shop.

Small Single Sheet Style Program

Small Single Sheet Celtic Wedding Program

Single Sheet Style Program

Single Sheet Style Celtic Wedding Program

Bi-fold Program

Bi-fold Style Celtic Wedding Program

Folded Cards

Folded Card Style Celtic Wedding Program

Custom Wedding Programs

Custom Celtic Wedding Program

Wedding Program Wording

The ‘Essentials’.

Names of the Bride and Groom
Wedding Date

Some people believe that the full given names of both Bride and Groom should be used but I say it’s a personal choice. Some would tell you that you MUST have the venue and address but since the programs are handed out AT the venue, it’s really optional whether you choose to include them or not.

Order of Service

If you don’t include an order of service, there is really no point in having a Wedding Program to begin with.

The Wedding Party

Introduce member of the Wedding Party to your guests.

The ‘Optional Extras’.

Personal Message

A personal message from the Bride and Groom to their guests.

The order of Ceremony / Service

The order of ceremony /service outlines each part of the ceremony such as the processional, vows, exchange of rings, readings, hyms, prayers and the recessional . You may also select to add lyrics and wording of hymns or prayers to be included in the ceremony.

Example 1

Processional – “Name of Song”, Composer
Declaration of Intention
Nuptial Prayer
Exchange of Vows
Blessing and Exchange of Rings
Pronouncement of Marriage
Presentation of Couple
Recessional – “Name of Song”, Composer

Example 2

Processional – “Name of Song”, Composer
The Fanfare and Bridal Processional – “Name of Song”, Composer
The Service of Worship
Presentation of the Bride
Declaration of Intent
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
Celebration of Communion
Prayer of Blessing
Pronouncement of Marriage
Recessional – “Name of Song” Composer

Example 3 (Civil Ceremony)

Entrance of the Bride – “Name of Song”, Composer
Introduction by the Registrar
Marriage Declaration
Exchange of the Rings
Signing of the Register
Exit of the Bride & Groom – “Name of Song”, Composer

Suggested format for The Wedding Party portion of your Program

It is usual to use each person’s full name and to include their title.

Parents of the Bride
Parents of the Groom
Maid [or Matron] of Honor
Best Man
Flower Girls
Page Boys

You may also wish to include the name(s) of the organist or other musicians.

Processional Music Suggestions

10 beautiful suggestions for your Processional music

1. Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner
2. Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
3. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach
4. Reminiscent Joy – The O’Neill Brothers
5. Grand March (from Aida) – Verdi
6. Hymne – Vangelis
7. Canon in F – The O’Neill Brothers
8. Forever My Love – The O’Neill Brothers
9. Prelude to a Te Deum – Charpentier
10. Spring (from Four Seasons) – Antonio Vivaldi

It’s YOUR Wedding, do it YOUR way

Above all else it is your big day so if you don’t like convention and it doesn’t fit with your own personal style or tast, do it your own way – there is no right or wrong!

Sue Sherratt – Sydney, NSW, Australia – Celebrants in Australia

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