Order of the Day
Order of Ceremony

Running order and ceremony details for a civil wedding ceremony.

blush and ivory order of the day board

Order of the Day

An order of the day is a very simple running order for your wedding, with approximate timings.

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.

The most popular format is an A2 size board, which can be placed on an easel at the venue for your guests to see when they arrive and throughout the day. Alternatively you can have a small card placed on each (or every other) seat at the ceremony.

Some couples include a very simple order of the day with their invitations. Pocketfold or bellyband style invitations are the best style to accommodate this extra card.

Example of a simple ‘order of the day’

1:00pm  Arrival of Guests
1:30pm  The Ceremony
2:30pm  Drinks, Canapes & Photographs
4:30pm  Speeches & Toasts
5:00pm  Wedding Breakfast
6:30pm  Cutting the Cake
7:30pm  The First Dance
8:45pm  Evening Buffet
12:30am  Time to Say Goodnight

welcome to our wedding

Order of Ceremony

An order of ceremony is more like the order of service that you would have for a church wedding. It contains details of the ceremony itself i.e. music, readings, bridal party etc.

You could have the same A5 or pocket sized booklet format as our order of service or a more simple folded or flat card sized to fit the information.

We recommend ordering at least one per household/family and a few spares, although many couples prefer to order one per guest. Don’t forget extras for the minister and the choir.

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. Your order of ceremony can also include an order of the day. If you include more information you might want to call it a ‘welcome to our wedding’ booklet.

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