What wedding ceremony stationery you need will depend a little on what kind of ceremony you are having. If it’s a church wedding you may need an order of service booklet. For a civil ceremony you might want something similar to this, called an order of ceremony. Apart from that, most items will be very similar if not the same. Read on for my complete wedding ceremony stationery checklist.
For a traditional church wedding, it’s very likely you will need an order of service. This can simply be a folded card, printed on both sides. Or it can be more involved with pages stapled inside too. The content of an order of service will depend on your church, minister, and service. Generally, though, brief titles and descriptions of what is happening throughout the service are helpful. Highlight any parts where your congregation needs to participate i.e. responses to prayers or singing hymns. I recommend ordering at least one order of service per couple.
Order of ceremony for a civil wedding
For a civil wedding, you can choose to have an order of ceremony instead of an order of service. It can contain much the same information as the church wedding version; music, readings, etc. But of course, you won’t need words for hymns. You can also add interesting things about the history of your venue, who are in the bridal party, and a personal thank you note if you wish. I would suggest at least one order of ceremony per couple.
An order of the day is different again. It is basically a timeline or agenda of what is happening through your day with approximate timings. It can be presented in a number of ways: as a page within either your order of service or order of ceremony, displayed on a board at the ceremony and/or reception venue, printed onto individual cards, or perhaps confetti bags for each guest. Some couples also choose to include an order of the day in their invitations, if the details are finalised early enough.
Don’t forget a Welcome to our Wedding sign on your wedding ceremony stationery checklist
It’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to display a ‘welcome to our wedding sign’, either at the ceremony venue, the reception, or both. It can be a standalone sign or could be incorporated with an order of the day timeline. Other messages can also be included, such as “Pick a seat, not a side we’re all family once the knot is tied’. Or, more and more couples are opting for an unplugged ceremony so why not include something like: “Please honour our wishes with no photos until we’re announced as Mr and Mrs!”
Wherever your wedding ceremony is, it’s likely you’ll want to save the best seats for your VIPs. Perhaps the front two rows for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Parents of the happy couple should also have priority. You may have ushers that will take care of this for you and allocate seating to your VIPs. In case you don’t, why not employ some elegant, bespoke tags personalised with names and the wedding date.
And the finishing touch on your wedding ceremony stationery checklist: confetti cones or bags
If your venue allows confetti then what better way to present it than in beautiful, personalised cones or bags. Little, glassine bags can be printed either with a personal message or your order of the day timeline. You could place them on every other seat for the ceremony to make sure they’re evenly shared out amongst your guests. Or opt for the more traditional confetti cones. Personalised with your names and date, filled with naturally dried flower petal confetti, and displayed in a bespoke tray, these are the picture perfect way to ensure your guests have a handful of petals each for that all important confetti shot.
That’s your complete wedding ceremony stationery checklist.
6 things you should definitely consider as part of your ‘on the day’ wedding stationery package.
- order of service for a church wedding
- or order of ceremony otherwise
- order of the day
- welcome & other signs
- reserved seating cards
- personalised confetti cones or bags
To keep your theme consistent throughout, have them all designed and made together along with save the dates, invitations and wedding reception stationery.
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