Order of Service - What to Include

July, 28th 2009


An Order of Service is a schedule for your wedding ceremony. It may not be essential as your church will have hymn books available, but providing an Order of Service will inform your guests of what to expect during the ceremony, and makes wonderful keepsake to remind them of your special day. For a civil service, an Order of Service is called an Order of the Day.

Creating an Order of Service or Order of the Day is straightforward. It lists all parts of the ceremony and should be in the exact order that the service will take place. Your Vicar or Registrar will be able to help you with this. You may have the following in yours:

  • The Bride and Groom's names and the date
  • The Vicar or Registrar's name
  • The music playing as the bride enters
  • All hymns or songs in full with copyright where necessary
  • The vows
  • The title of any readings and the reader's name
  • The blessing
  • The signing of the register
  • Any other music played during the ceremony

It is important for your guests to able to read the text easily. A good guide is to use a text size of 12 point or thereabouts, and for a professional look, use one font throughout and bold text for headings.

Think carefully about the layout of your text. If you need to go to a new page half way through a hymn make sure it's between verses, or you may find your guests stop singing because they're all busy turning the page!


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