There are many different formats that a wedding program can take depending on the type of ceremony and the personalities of the bride and groom. One example is to break the program up into parts of the ceremony, such as entrance rite, liturgy of the word, homily, rite of marriage, liturgy of the Eucharist, and concluding rite. For each part of the ceremony, the readings, songs and prayers are listed with the text included or not included.
Wedding programs generally include the couple's names, date and location of the ceremony, a listing of events with the names of the songs, readings and readers, and the people who are playing a role in the wedding. This information can be written formally, with all numbers spelled out, or informally. Other information, such as biographies of the bride and groom, explanations of rituals, text of the readings and songs, and thank yous, may also be included if desired.
When ordering programs, it is important to order enough for each person to have a program. Someone who does not already have a role in the wedding can be in charge of handing out the programs to all the guests. Also, if the reception has a lot of different parts, it may be beneficial for the guests to have a separate program with the order of events for that part of the day, as well.