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Sample Wording for Wedding Programs

written by: Brandy A Burgess•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 10/30/2010

When designing a wedding program, it can be a little tough to come up with the perfect wording to convey the thoughts that you want to express. Get some fresh ideas from these wording samples!

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    Overview

    Traditionally, wedding programs were strictly used to explain the rituals that were to occur on the big day. Today, a couple’s creativityWedding Rings  really comes through to welcome the guests and add their own special details to the wedding. Typically, the ushers at the wedding will hand out these programs as guests arrive. However, they may also be placed in a decorative basket and left next to the entrance to the wedding ceremony. Whichever way you decide to present, you may want to look at sample wording for wedding programs to find the perfect words to use.

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    Elements

    Designer Inviation-Program After you determine how many programs you will need for your wedding, you will need to take a look at the elements of a great wedding program. This typically includes a general introduction, then the ceremony order, the names of the individuals in the wedding party, and then a closure or special note.

    Introduction: The Introduction of a wedding program should include the names of the bride and groom, the date of the wedding ceremony, as well as the location, city, and state.

    Ceremony Order: The Ceremony Order should consist of a prelude, seating, readings, vows, and processional. The musicians, song titles, and lyrics should also be presented in the program. Be sure to list all the events that will occur that day in order.

    Wedding Party: The Wedding party section of the program should include the names of all participants in the wedding. Use titles, such as Mr. Mrs. and Miss, as well as full names. Try to exclude nicknames while presenting thanks in the wedding program.

    Final Section: The Final Section should incorporate a closure or a special note to the guests of the wedding. The hosts of the wedding should also be given special thanks towards the end of the program.

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    Wedding Program Wording

    The Marriage Ceremony Uniting

    Brandy A. Burgess

    And

    Travis F. Dishaw

    On Saturday, May 2, 2011

    At half past four o’clock

    St. Mary’s Church

    Ogdensburg, New York

    Prelude…………………………….. “Total Eclipse of the Heart"

    Solo……………………………………"White Wedding"

    Lighting of the Candles

    Seating of the Mothers

    Processional……………………….."I Do Cherish You"

    Invocation

    Wedding Message………………..Rev. James Anderson

    Solo……………………………………."Because You Loved Me"

    Exchange of vows

    Exchange of rings

    Announcement of marriage

    Solo……………………………………"I Could Not Ask for More"

    Presentation of Bride and Groom

    Recessional…………………………"Ode to Joy"

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    In Conclusion

    Sample wording for wedding programs can help the bride and groom to create a program containing a creative schedule of the big day. Feel free to add a special message to your special friends and family who have made your wedding a special one.

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    References

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    Photos Courtesy Of:

    • Wedding Program: Creative Commons License
    • Wedding Rings: Creative Commons License