Let’s face it; we all like a bit of a lie in every now again. It breaks the routine of early mornings and lets us recharge. But the truth is that humans need a schedule or we start feeling a little lost. That is the very reason we don’t sleep in every day, and why we like to receive an order of service at a wedding or event of sorts.
Our tendency towards schedules also makes order of services quite important. Plan yours incorrectly, leave out vital information, or just make a few design errors and your whole event could quickly become a comedy of errors.
Because of this we would like to walk you through the whole design process from the planning phase to the order of service printing.
What to Include in an Order of Service for a Wedding
Before you start on the actual design for your order of service you have to decide which information is important enough to be included and which information can be left out. After all, you don’t want to end up with a textbook-sized document that is drier than dust.
Every wedding is different, obviously, since different couples have different tastes. But, that being said, a typical order of service for a wedding will contain the following:
- Title Page: This is a simple page of text stating the names of the couple, the date, and sometimes the location of the ceremony. This information is usually just for posterity, since everyone already knows the date and location of the ceremony from the wedding invitations, and most of the guests should know the couple.
- Procession music: This usually details the name of the song/piece and the composer.
- Readings: List any readings which may be done during the ceremony. You’ll need to list the name of the verse or poem, the name of the author, and the person doing the reading.
- Hymns/Songs: If any songs are to be sung at the wedding only their titles need to be listed, but listing the composers or artists responsible for them is a nice touch. It is a good idea to include the lyrics, but more on that later.
- Declaratory words: These are the opening words of the ceremony.
- Ceremony: This will include the ceremony and vows.
- Signing of the register: This is self-explanatory and doesn’t require an explanation in the order of events. However, you might want to let the guests know if they should stay for this or start to leave the venue.
- Recessional music: This is the music that plays as the couple leaves the venue. Again, the name of the piece and the composer should be listed.
An Order of Service for Every Event
While the above pointers might be specific to a wedding, this basic format can be adapted to any event. As long as you think carefully about which information to include and which to leave out, you can’t go wrong.
Be sure to check back in for Part 2 of this look at order of services in which we’ll detail exactly how much information is appropriate for a perfect order of service.