Order of the day – what should you put in it?

For a civil or non-religious ceremony you might want to have an order of the day, or order of ceremony. It can contain music and readings for a civil ceremony as well as a running order of the day.

It is not essential but can help your guests to know what to expect during the day, particularly if you are following a non-traditional timetable. They can also make a nice keepsake from the wedding.

Wedding Order of the Day

Blush and ivory wedding invitation with order of the day card included
Blush and ivory wedding invitation with order of the day card included

If you are having pocketfold or bellyband style wedding invitations, you might want to include a very simple version in there, just to give your guests an idea of what to expect on the day.

The most popular format for order of the day is an A2 display board. Please contact us if you would like a quote.

Wedding order of the day boards
Wedding order of the day boards

Example of a simple ‘order of the day’:

3.00pm The Wedding Ceremony in the Drawing Room
3.30pm Photographs in the castle grounds, champagne served in the courtyard
5.30pm Speeches and toasts in the Orangery, followed by the Wedding Banquet
7.30pm Drinks and dancing to ‘Midnight Jazz’
10.00pm Evening snacks in the Lounge

Wedding Order of Ceremony

For an order of ceremony or ‘Welcome to our Wedding’ you could have the same booklet type format as our booklet order of service (with up to 8 pages), or a simple flat or folded card.  You can include both and order of ceremony and an order of the day in the same booklet if you want to.

Wedding order of ceremony and 'welcome to our wedding' booklets
Wedding order of ceremony and ‘welcome to our wedding’ booklets

Information to include in an ‘order of ceremony’:

Bride or Groom’s entrance music
Any readings or poems during the service
Any music to be played during the signing of the register
Music for the exit of the newlyweds
Details of the bridal party
Any special messages of thanks etc

You can also include things like details of the venue – particularly if it has historical significance, or the surrounding area if your guests are staying for days or nights after the wedding.