You will have many things to prepare for your wedding, Among them will be a sheet with the words for the service in church. Many people like to make this sheet themselves, and get it printed locally.

 Advice on what should be included in the service sheet.

 Sample Order of Service

 Front cover or page-

  • Name of church
  • The marriage of Bride’s name and Groom’s name

Inside pages –

  • Title of entry music and composer
  • Welcome
  • Hymn (words printed out)
  • The Declarations
  • Readings (Bible readings, poems etc.)
  • The Address
  • The Marriage
  • Hymn (words printed out)
  • Prayers
  • Hymn (words printed out)
  • The Signing of the Register
  • Title of exit music and composer



If you are having a printed order of service, the following need to be written at the bottom of the back page for copyright purposes –

  • If the service is at St.James Emsworth –“Christian Copyright Licence 288632”
  • If the service is at St. Thomas a Becket Warblington –“Christian Copyright Licence 1919474”


You will get plenty of help choosing music from our organist, and from the link to the Royal School of Church Music website. There may be special music before and after the service which you’d like, or even something for the choir to sing. You’ll note that the title of such music should be added to the service sheet.

There is normally a bible reading as part of the service. Perhaps you have someone who’d read this (there’s always a microphone). Their name could be included in the service sheet.

You will notice we have line drawings and photos of the church.

You should get the service sheet on four sides of folded A4. While most people prefer the wider folded A4 size, it’s equally possible to have this as an A4 folded  vertically that is long and narrow (see link on left margin for examples) .

It is very important to take your draft copy to the priest conducting your wedding and to the organist for their approval before you send it to the printers. Make sure you order more than enough copies for the number of people you expect to come to your wedding (please include copies for the choir).

Don’t forget to take copies of the service sheet to the rehearsal in church.

We will do our very best to make your wedding a very happy day, and we wish you every blessing for the future