Whether you’re a wedding planner or a hands-on bride and groom, at some point, you’ll need to come up with the right wording for your wedding program.

We’ve talked about the format for your wedding invitation wording, so let’s take a closer look at what you need to do when writing the wedding program. This doesn’t have to be complicated or even require a lot of time. Just follow these general rules on what to include and you should be good to go. 

What to Include in Your Wedding Program? 

  • List the names of the bride and groom. This may be a no-brainer but occasionally, some people forget to include it.
  • Place the wedding date and location.
  • List down the order of your wedding ceremony. It’s up to you if you want to include detailed information like special readings, musical selections and other items. Make sure to add the names of speakers, performers, composers or authors.
  • If there’s a religious or traditional custom you want to include, it would benefit your guests to have a brief description of what it’s about, so they understand the meaning and significance it has to you.
  • If there’s a loved one who has passed away that you want to honor in your wedding, the wedding program is the best place to pay tribute to them. Share a poem, a photo, a quote or any loving memory you have of them.

Having a Creative Wedding Program 

Your wedding program can set the tone for your wedding so take advantage of it. Get creative with your design and personalize it to echo your personality as a couple. For example, adding a poem, a song lyric, a short story can add to the flair of the program.

Sample Wedding Program Wording 

First, decide on what type of wedding you will have. There are different wedding styles such as Classic, Contemporary, Casual or Whimsy. Depending on the couple’s wishes, the wedding program, along with the invitations and wedding decor, can reflect it. 

One thing to note, aside from the words, also remember to use colors, fonts as well as language to reflects the chosen wedding style. 

Here are four of the sample wedding program wordings you can use: 

Classic / Traditional Wedding Program Wording 

For a timeless wedding, you want to showcase elegance. 

Sample Bride, Groom and Date Introduction: 

“Welcome to the Marriage

of Jennifer Healy to Robert Johns on this Saturday afternoon,

August Fifteenth, Two-Thousand Twenty One

at 5 O’clock in the Red Ivy Pavilion in Sacramento, California. “ 

Classic Ceremony Order: 

Seating of Grandparents

Seating of the Mothers

Bridal Procession

Bridal Entrance

Opening Message

First Reading

Second Reading

Marriage Ceremony

Marriage Pronouncement

Presentation of the Couple

Recessional 

Wedding Party Introductions: 

Officiant

Bride’s Parents

Groom’s Parents

Bride’s Grandparents

Groom’s Grandparents

Maid of Honor

Bridesmaids

Best Man

Groomsmen

Readers 

Contemporary / Modern Wedding Program Wording 

Creative and unique wedding programs go well with a contemporary or modern wedding. Again, take note of the fonts and colors used so it reflects the style of the wedding. 

Sample Bride, Groom and Date Introduction: 

“The Marriage Celebration of

Jennifer Healy & Robert Johns

August 15, 2021

5:30 in the Afternoon

Red Air Pavilion

Sacramento, California” 

Modern Ceremony Order: 

Processional

Welcoming Guests

Exchanging of Rings and Vows

Marriage Pronouncement

Bride and Groom Presentation

Recessional 

Wedding Party Introductions: 

Bride’s Parents

Groom’s Parents

Maid of Honor

Best Man

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Flower Girl

Ring Bearer

Wedding Officiant 

Casual / Informal Wedding Program Wording 

Some couples like to keep things laid back. A no-frills wedding should also reflect in the wedding program, echoing simplicity but still with a lot of charm. For wedding programs like this, keep it simple, short and sweet. 

Sample Bride, Groom and Date Introduction: 

“08 – 15 – 21

Jennifer & John

Are Getting Married Today

At the Red Air Pavilion” 

Casual Ceremony Order: 

“The Party Starts Off With…

The Best Man and Maid of Honor dancing to a Jennifer and John’s favorite track. Next, the Bride makes a stunning entrance! Jennifer’s Aunt Lynn, the Officiant, will take the mic for a greeting and reading. Finally, Jennifer and John will exchange vows, saying “I do’s” and becoming husband and wife!” 

Wedding Party Introductions:

Bride’s Parents

Groom’s Parents

Maid of Honor

Best Man

Wedding Officiant 

Whimsical  / Fun Wedding Program Wording 

Showcase the couple’s whimsical personality by also creating wedding program wording that highlights their playful nature. Whether it’s rustic or romantic, quirky or downright funny, you can do a lot with your wedding program wording. 

Sample Bride, Groom and Date Introduction: 

“Jennifer and John are getting married!

Friday, August 15, 2021

At 5:30 PM in the Red Air Pavilion of Sacramento, California” 

Whimsical Ceremony Order: 

Processional

Gratitude Message

Reading

Exchanging of Vows

Exchanging of Rings

Marriage Pronouncement

Presenting the Couple

Recessional 

Wedding Party Introductions: 

Wedding Officiant

Bride’s Parents

Groom’s Parents

Maid of Honor

Best Man

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Reader 

Other Things to Include in Your Wedding Program 

  • Couple Love Story

Sharing the couple’s love story, of how they met or how their relationship unfolded, is a great way to invite guests into their relationship. You don’t need to make it formal or long, but the gist of how the two came together should be enough. 

These are a few samples of wedding program wording you can use, no matter what type of wedding you will be having or working in. 

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