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Exactly What Information Goes On The Wedding Program?

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A program can usually be broken down into three sections:

the Introduction top part
the Ceremony Order part
and the Wedding Party part.

Exactly what you wish to include is entirely up to you. The purpose of the Program is not only to let your guests know what to expect, but also to acknowledge those people who are playing a part in your special occasion. Below is an example of a very elaborate, fictitious program and the wording commonly used. Skip to the bottom to see actual program wording that was used for other weddings. You are free to use or not use anything shown that you wish. The example below is a typical guideline for the traditional Christian style wedding.
Below is the Introduction and the Ceremony Order, usually appearing on the left side of the program.

The Marriage Ceremony Uniting
Daniel Marie Osborne
and
Wolfgang Spensor Elton
on Saturday, May 7, 2000
at half past five o'clock in the evening
Bethany Christian Assembly
Everett, Washington

Prelude

Montage of Piano Classics
Lighting of the Candles
Seating of the Grandmothers
Seating of the Mothers
Processional...............................................Pachelbel's Canon
Call to Worship
Invocation
Wedding Message.............................................Rev. Todd
Solo

"You Light Up My Life".......................Rory Alexis
Vows of Intention
Scripture Reading
The Giving of the Bride
Exchanging of Vows
Exchanging of Rings
Prayer
Lighting of the Unity Candle

"I Will Be Here".......................................Rory Alexis
Benediction
Pronouncement of Marriage
Presentation of the Couple
Recessional.............................................................Ode to Joy
Postlude

Below is the Wedding Party listing, which usually appears on the right side of the program. The names are all flush right and usually preceded by a line of dots, as illustrated above but we did not do again down here.

The Wedding Party
Parents of the Bride Mr. and Mrs. Tory Osborne
Parents of the Groom Mr. and Mrs. Gene Cable
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Elton
Grandparents of the Bride Mr. and Mrs. A. Osborne
Mr. and Mrs. Windsor Little
Grandmothers of the Groom Mrs. Ruby Brown
Mrs. Meridith Elton
Maid of Honor Cecelia Jones
Matron of Honor Tina Corchoran
Bridesmaids Jennifer Osborne
Greta Osborne
Junior Bridesmaid Susan Thomas
Honorary Bridesmaid Cassandra Jones
Flower Girl Jessica Myers
Best Men Frank Thomas
Tom Elton
Groomsmen Jeff Elton
Todd Osborne
Ring Bearer Kyle Little
Officiant Reverend Todd
Pianist Melody Jones
Soloist Rory Alexis

 

 

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