Your wedding invites aren’t the only bit of wedding stationery you’ll need for your big day, and just by getting a little organised you could save money by ordering these all in one go – including your place cards, menus and wedding order of service.

The order of service is the one that confuses a lot of couples; you might not even be sure what one is and if you need an order of service for your wedding day.

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Simply put, the order of service is a booklet containing a step-by-step outline of how the wedding ceremony will run. It helps your guests know how long the wedding will last and when they need to join in for hymns etc, but there are lots of other things it can include.

If you’re not sure exactly what to include in your order of service, we’ve created a wedding order of service template for religious ceremonies and another for civil ceremonies.

What is a Wedding Order Of Service And What Needs To Be Included?

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When your guests enter your wedding venue, it’s normally the job of the ushers to hand out the order of service as they direct guests to their seats.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a religious service in a church, a registry office wedding or a civil ceremony in your barn or country house venue, an order of service is a really handy thing to have.

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Some orders of service are very detailed and include the lyrics to hymns and the names of readings and poems, but you can choose to keep it simple with a very general outline of the day too. What you need to include are the key moments in the ceremony so that no-one accidentally runs off to the loo and misses you exchange your vows.

Each ceremony will run differently so always check the details with whoever is carrying out the service before you send it to the printers.

It’s not necessary, but on the back page it’s nice to also include the names of the bridal and groomsmen parties and details of the reception

Wedding Order Of Service Template For Religious Ceremonies

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A wedding order of service is usually a short booklet or folded piece of card, but it can just be a printed A5 page if that’s what you’d prefer. Here’s a template for a wedding order of service for a religious ceremony:

Front page

Name of wedding venue

The marriage of ……. (couple’s names)

Date and time


Entrance of bride with music details

Hymn (include words)

The marriage ceremony

Prayers (optional)

Reading (include text name and author and who it’s read by)

Blessing (optional)

Hymn/song (include words)

Reading/blessing (optional – include text name and author and who it’s read by)

Signing of the register

Exit of couple with music details

Wedding Order of Service Template For Civil Ceremonies

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Front page

Name of wedding venue

The marriage of ……. (couple’s names)

Date and time


Entrance of bride with music details

Welcome and introductions

Reading (optional – include text name and author and who it’s read by)

The marriage ceremony

Reading (optional – include text name and author and who it’s read by)

Signing of the register

Exit of the couple with music details

Wedding Order of Service Examples

Orders of service can be printed in the same style as the rest of your wedding stationery so it co-ordinates or you can choose something completely different. Here are some of our favourite styles:

Textured Order of Service

This berry and gold textured design is so perfect for a winter wedding. This double-sided card is simple and stylish.

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Tropical Order of Service

This tropical flamingo print order of service is totally on trend and would really suit a summer or destination wedding.

Seaside Order of Service

No wedding at a coastal venue or near the sea is complete without this seaside-themed order of service.

READ MORE: 15 Seaside Wedding Stationery Ideas

Minimalist Order of Service

We love the calligraphy on this! If you’re having very simple, modern decor then this minimalist design is ideal. It would also work great if you have a very strong wedding theme and want something more subtle for your order of service.

Floral Order of Service

The little floral flourish in the corner of this simple order of service elevates it to spring wedding-worthy.

READ MORE: Gorgeous Floral Wedding Stationery 

Guest Book Order of Service

Why not turn your order of service into a memento that your guests can take away with them? This guest book-style one includes a personalised story of the couple and a wedding ‘Who’s who’ along with your key info for the day.

Winter Order of Service

Snowflakes and a rich navy colour scheme make this order of serivce ideal for a glamorous winter wedding.

READ MORE: Magical Winter Wedding Ideas 

Map Order of Service

If you’re from different parts of the world (or just the country), this map order of service is such a cute idea with little hearts where both of you call home.

Watercolour Order of Service

Using this year’s Pantone colour of the year, ultraviolet, this pretty watercolour design is on-trend and great for any season of the year.

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Autumn Order of Service

How cute is this autumnal design! If you’re got lots of lovely rich reds, greens and oranges in your colour scheme, match them with your order of service.

Rustic Order of Service

Rustic brides will adore this simple design made from kraft paper. It’ll fit in perfectly with any homemade, boho or rustic wedding theme and the twine tie on the side is a gorgeous touch.

If you’re after more beautiful ideas for your wedding stationery, then check out our favourite botanical wedding designs or 1920s vintage wedding invite ideas.