How To Write Your Wedding Program in 4 Easy Steps

If there is one detail you do not want to skip on your wedding day, it’s your ceremony program. Your guests will pour over this simple piece of stationery and appreciate knowing what to expect. Programs are also a simple and inexpensive way to add custom personalization to your ceremony. At just 99¢ each, our wedding programs at Ann’s are cheaper than DIY and look like a million bucks!

Let’s talk about ceremony program wording. If you’re struggling to word your programs, we don’t blame you. It can be difficult to include all the information you want to share with your guests in a concise and organized manner. We promise it can be easy though and we can help by breaking it down into 4 simple steps.

How To Write Your Wedding Program in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1: Names + Date + Ceremony Location

Adding your names, date and ceremony location not only looks pretty, but also serves a purpose. Consider that one day your wedding program will be a treasured keepsake for generations to come and they’ll love seeing your names in print. Don’t forget to take a couple programs aside and keep them in a memory box.

Step 2: Ceremony Order

Take a deep breath. We’re going to make this easy! Your ceremony begins when important members of you family or bridal party make their way down the aisle and ends when the married couple walks up the aisle. Of course, your ceremony is your own to create and your program should reflect the key moments that will take place during it. Those moments may include:

Prelude – Special family members such as mothers and grandparents are escorted and seated during the prelude.

Processional – This is when the bride is escorted down the aisle. In same-sex weddings, one or both partners may walk or be escorted down the aisle. If you’d like to list the song you’ve chosen for your processional on your wedding program, it can be listed like this:

Processional – I Choose You

Talk to your officiant about what comes next, and decide for yourself what you’d like to include. The beginning of your ceremony might include:

Greeting or Welcome – this will give your officiant a moment to welcome and thank guests for attending.

Opening Prayer or Blessing – in a faith-based ceremony, a wedding ceremony begins with a prayer or a blessing of the couple. If you have a specific prayer you’d like to note, it can be listed like this:

Opening Prayer – Lord’s Prayer

Wedding Message or Wedding Sermon – given by either your wedding officiant or a chosen loved-one, this may include a sermon about marriage or be a personal reflection on the couple. If you’d like to recognize the person giving the message, note it like:

Wedding Message – Gregory Hamond

Reading(s) – if you choose to have a loved one or two recite a reading you can simply list – “Reading” or you can note the specific reading(s) and speakers like:

Union – Ellen Fitzgerald

Music– Music can be listed similarly to Readings with the song and performer listed:

Then There Was You – Hannah Faust

Vows and Ring Exchange – Cue the tears! Our favorite part of any ceremony can be formatted like this:


Vows and Ring Exchange

Unity or other ceremony – couples are getting so creative with unity ceremonies! If you’re having one, you can list the specific type of ceremony such as:

Hand-Tying Ceremony

Wine Ceremony

Sand Ceremony

Unity Ceremony

Pronouncement – this the announcement your officiant will make to declare you officially married! Including it on the program is a must! This can be noted like:


Introduction of the Married Couple

Recessional – just like the processional began your ceremony, the recessional signals the end. This is when the just-married couple joyfully walks up the aisle. This can also include the song you’ve chosen and can be formatted like:

Recessional – All You Need is Love

Step 3: Recognize Your Wedding Party

If you have a wedding party, be sure to recognize them on your program. Our 99¢ wedding programs include space on the back just for this purpose. Simply add their name and role. For instance:
Janelle Andersen – Maid of Honor

Be sure to list everyone in your wedding party, including your officiant and ushers.

Step 4: Thank Your Guests + Honor Loved Ones

If you have room, it’s a lovely gesture to include two more things:

1. Thank your guests for coming. This can be short and sweet! For example:

Thank you for your love and support. Today, and always.
with love, Hannah and Blake

2. Honor Loved Ones. If you’ve lost a loved one and are recognizing them in your ceremony with candles or flowers, your wedding program is a wonderful place to note this.

The candle on the alter is memory of our forever friend, Thomas J. Henry

Bonus Tip: Proofread

Your wedding program is full of information and names. Our advice is to have a few close friends proof-read prior to placing your order. Luckily, our programs are shipped to you lightening fast so even if you’re in crunch time, there’s time to get your custom program in time!

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