A Comprehensive Wedding Program Checklist

Wedding Planning Tips


As you plan your wedding ceremony, creating a wedding program is a thoughtful way to guide your guests through the proceedings and highlight key moments of your special day. Here’s a comprehensive checklist to ensure your wedding program covers all the essential elements.

  1. Bride’s name: Include the full name of the bride to personalize the program.
  2. Groom’s name: Similarly, include the full name of the groom for a complete representation.
  3. Wedding Date: Clearly state the date of the wedding ceremony to avoid any confusion.
  4. Start time: Specify the time when the ceremony will begin to help guests arrive on time.
  5. Ceremony venue: Provide the name and location of the ceremony venue for guests’ convenience.

Order of Ceremony: Outline the sequence of events during the ceremony to help guests follow along smoothly.

  • Prelude: Background music played before the ceremony begins to set the mood.
  • Attendant’s Processional: Entrance of the wedding party’s attendants, such as bridesmaids and groomsmen.
  • Bride’s Processional: Grand entrance of the bride escorted by her escort, whether it’s a family member or the groom.
  • Opening Prayer/Greeting: Invocation or welcome message by the officiant.
  • Readings: Scripture readings, poems, or other passages read by selected individuals.
  • Wedding Message: Words of wisdom or advice shared by the officiant or a chosen speaker.
  • Exchange of vows: The heartfelt promises exchanged between the bride and groom.
  • Unity Ceremony: Optional ritual symbolizing the unity of the couple, such as a candle lighting or sand pouring.
  • Presentation of the couple: The officiant introduces the newly married couple to the guests.
  • Recessional: Exit of the wedding party and guests, marking the conclusion of the ceremony.

Participants: Acknowledge and honor all individuals involved in the wedding ceremony.

  • Officiant: The person conducting the wedding ceremony.
  • Parents of the Bride and Groom: Recognize the parents of both the bride and groom.
  • Maid and/or Matron of Honor: Principal attendant of the bride.
  • Bridesmaids: Supporting female attendants of the bride.
  • Best Man: Principal attendant of the groom.
  • Groomsmen: Supporting male attendants of the groom.
  • Flower Girl(s) and/or Ring Bearer(s): Young attendants who precede the bride or carry wedding rings.
  • Personal Attendant(s): Individuals assisting the bride or groom throughout the ceremony.
  • Ushers: Individuals responsible for seating guests and assisting with logistics.

Final Messages: Include any additional messages or acknowledgments to express gratitude and honor loved ones.

  • Message of Appreciation: Thank your guests for sharing in your special day.
  • Message Honoring the Deceased: Pay tribute to loved ones who are no longer with you, if desired.

Conclusion: Remember, your wedding program is a reflection of your unique style and preferences. Whether you opt for a traditional or non-traditional format, use this checklist to tailor your wedding program to suit your vision and make your wedding day truly unforgettable for you and your guests.

photo: HFPhoto; rentals/calligraphy: She Rents Vintage; favors: Skaneateles Sugar Shack, styling: C & A Event Planning; florals: Heather Floral Studio; venue: Aster Weddings and Events