Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Religious wedding ceremony programs

Religious wedding ceremony programs

It's interesting:
"It's a shame, given this is a winter wedding, that the minister wouldn't let Paul and Linda have the pantomime theme wedding they originally wanted. Looking at Paul, I think ‘Puss in Boots’ would have been very appropriate."

A wedding program provides information to guests about the events that will take place during a wedding ceremony. The program is used to help guests follow along with and understand the events that are unfolding during the ceremony, including any religious rituals they may be unfamiliar with. The programs can be distributed to the guests by ushers or they can be left on the pews or the chairs for the guests to pick up as they take their seats.

  1. Wedding Program Title

    • The wedding program should have a title, which is normally on the front cover or top of the inside left-hand page. The wedding program title consists of the names of the wedding couple, the wedding date, the location of the ceremony and the city and state in which the wedding is held. The title is typically in the following order: name of bride, name of the groom, day, date and time, ceremony location and city and state.

    Order of Service

    • The order of service lists individual service segments, which will differ depending on the religion. For example, a Catholic wedding ceremony may include a prelude, a processional, the invocation, Bible readings, the marriage ceremony, the lighting of a unity candle by the bride and groom, the benediction and the recessional. Additionally, music titles with composers, any special notations and songs that are not included in the hymn books can be printed on the back of the wedding program.

    Wedding Party Information

    • Wedding party information includes the names of parents and grandparents, the officiant, ushers, musicians and the wedding party. A brief statement describing each wedding party member's relationship to the bride or groom can also be included. Titles of the individuals such as Mr., Miss. or Mrs. should be included, and nicknames should never be used. Both first and last names should be included or be in this format: Mr. and Mrs. Jude Thomas.

    Thank You Note

    • Including a thank-you note to the guests, parents and any person who supported the bride and groom during the wedding-planning process or in their relationship is optional, but a gracious touch. The thank-you can be a short personal message, a special prayer, a quotation or a poem. For example, "We are very grateful to our families and friends for sharing this special day with us. Special thanks especially to our parents for their love, support and guidance throughout our lives. Your love warms our hearts and we pray for God's blessings upon you."


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