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October 25, 2018 Wedding Anniversary Wishes 3 comments

Create beautiful stationery in minutes, including orders of service, bookmarks, attendance cards, invitations and others.

Funeral order of service

A funeral service is a very personal event and people will often have different requirements. A funeral order of service booklet typically provides a schedule of the ceremony and can be given out to mourners as they arrive or sent to people who cannot attend.

The order of service may include hymns, songs, poems, readings, photographs, or anything else you would like added, creating a unique commemoration of someone's life. It can become a special memory of a loved one to keep forever; for you, your family, and friends who came to say goodbye. 

How to write a funeral order of service

This guide will explain how to write a funeral order of service and includes some useful ideas to help get you started.

What to include in a funeral order of service booklet: 

Front cover

The front cover of an order of service booklet is usually kept quite simple. It will often include:

  • A photo of the deceased
  • Their full name
  • Date of birth and date of death
  • A short message or quote remembering them
  • Date, time and location of the service

When choosing a photo of your loved one, try and find one which reflects their personality. It’s best to use a photo which only focuses on the person being honoured, rather than a group photo.

You may wish to choose a recent or past photo, depending on personal preference and how you would like to remember them. It doesn’t have to be a serious photo either; many people often pick one which will raise a smile or fond memory when looking at the booklet in years to come.

If your loved one had any nicknames, these may also be included on the front cover of the booklet.

Schedule of the funeral service

The next couple of pages inside the booklet will often include the schedule of the funeral service, informing attendees what will happen throughout the ceremony. This will completely depend on your own preference and if you are being guided by whoever is conducting the service.

The service schedule may include:

  • Musical procession as attendees enter and take their seats (this could include the title of the song)
  • Introduction by whoever is conducting the service
  • Words to any songs or funeral hymns which are included in the service
  • Any readings, speeches or verses and the names of the individual speakers
  • Group prayers
  • Committal and blessing
  • Closing music (this could include the title of the song)

You don’t have to follow this exact schedule, though you may need to check the outline of the service with your chosen funeral director and the person who is conducting the service to ensure all your requirements are met.

Memories and treasured moments

Once you have decided on the schedule of the service, you can begin adding memories and treasured moments to the booklet. It can be as many pages as you like, but bear in mind that extra pages may incur additional print costs.

Many families personalise the booklet with extra photographs or choose their loved one’s favourite quotations, song lyrics or poems. You can even include a timeline of the person’s life, picking out key milestones and achievements such as their graduation, wedding day or retirement.

Final page

The final page or back cover of the order of service will often include another photograph of the deceased; this can be different to the one used on the front cover and may be a group or family photo.

It is also a good place to mention any preferred charities or organisations for donations. There may be a specific charity that was important to the deceased, so make sure you take this into consideration when choosing where the money will be donated to.

You may wish to express your thanks to those in attendance and to any friends or relatives who will receive a copy of the booklet but couldn’t attend the service itself. Finally, you could include the details and location of the wake, if you have chosen to have one.

Dignity's Funeral Notices service is a simple and convenient way to share the details of a funeral with friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Helping you make a special funeral order of service booklet

Our Funeral Arrangers will help make the funeral order of service booklet a special memento that you can cherish for years to come. We will coordinate with whoever is conducting the service and provide advice and guidance on a range of designs which can be tailored to suit your wishes.

Families will often talk through their requirements with the officiant when creating the order of service, as they will play a key role on the day of the funeral. If you wish to include a photograph of your loved one, or have chosen more than one photo to be used throughout the service sheet, we are more than happy to accommodate this for you.

Funeral stationery

In addition to an order of service booklet, you may wish to choose matching stationery. At Dignity, we offer a range of beautiful funeral stationery which can be personalised, creating a unique commemoration of your loved one’s life. We provide an exclusive choice of designs and all of our booklets are printed to a very high standard on quality card.

Our funeral stationery products include:

  • Order of service booklets
  • Books of condolence
  • Bookmarks
  • Memorial cards
  • Attendance cards
  • Religious and non-religious keepsake cards
  • Canvas prints
  • In memory pins

We will do everything we can to ensure that your needs are met and that you can arrange the funeral you want for your loved one. To discuss your funeral stationery requirements, please contact your local Dignity Funeral Director.

If you're planning a memorial service or ceremony, or creating a funeral program on your own, our funeral templates and sample services will be invaluable.

Funeral order of service

how to write an order of service

We all have complaints regarding a particular service provider either for our phones, Internet, or cable. We call up customer care and let them have a taste of our grievance. They in turn aim to appease us by sending over a tech to solve the problem statement, and they do it through a service order.

Service order examples and templates are shown in the page to assist you in the better understanding of what items are found in a service order.

Community Service Order


Head Service Order Example

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Civil Service Sample Order

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What Is a Service Order?

A service order is a document detailing order for performing a service on any equipment or item. The document further shows details for each task to be done. Followed up with a service invoice.

How to Write a Service Order

In writing a service order, the following items should be included or detailed:

  • The instructions in performing the service order should be detailed
  • Cost estimate in performing the job order must be indicated
  • Date and time to perform the service order must also be included
  • Added information regarding the location and individuals to coordinate in performance of the service order must also be present
  • The individual responsible for making the service order has to be present in the document as well

A service order may also indicate the different work plan before and after the service order.

Order examples in Excel and delivery order examples may help in understanding the structure and form of a service order. Feel free to click on the download link button on any sample to access the sample file.

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Business Service Order

Free Service Sample Order

Importance of Community Service Orders

Community service orders are important particularly for offenders not able to comply to the civil enforcement action of a fine imposed in court. They are instead given community service and must complete the service in place of prison time or fines imposed by the court.

What Is the Difference between Work Order and Service Order?

In maintenance, there are two types of maintenance orders namely work order and service order. The following basically show the main difference between a work order and a service order:

A work order is work done for in-house maintenance services while a service order is for external customers.

What Is a Job Order?

A job order, on the other hand, is a document commonly used in project plan or manufacturing environments to signal start of a manufacturing process and follows a set quantity of material to be made, raw material used including prices, and the labor required to complete the order.

Order examples in Doc and PDF may help in understanding how a service order is made. The samples show how a service order is drafted and made. They can be downloaded by clicking on the download link button beneath the sample.

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how to write an order of service

What is an Order of Service?

Whether you’re bidding a loved one a final farewell, having your little one christened or heading down the altar to say, “I do”, an order of service lets guests know the order of the ceremony and is an essential part of the ceremony for letting guests know exactly what the order of events is going to be. Printing your own is the perfect way to add a personal touch.

When Should You Get Your Wedding Order of Service Printing Done?

Most people order their wedding ceremony order of service at around three months before the big day. There’s a lot involved in those final three months planning a wedding, so making sure your order of service wedding booklets are printed and ready can take some of the stress away.

What About Funeral Order of Service Booklets?

For a funeral order of service booklet, we recommend placing an order up to a week before (when possible) to ensure they are printed and delivered on time.

If you need them in a hurry, that’s no problem at all – our folded order of service booklet printing is available with next day dispatch, meaning they can be with you in just two working days.

What Should an Order of Service Include?

Whether you choose to print a booklet order of service or a smaller folded one, filling up all those pages might seem a little daunting at first. To help you out, we’ve made this quick checklist of what you should always include in an order of service:

  • The name or names of the people you’re celebrating
  • The date
  • The venue/location
  • A paragraph about the person/couple
  • A list of close family members
  • A timeline of the day
  • Any other locations, for reception or wake, for example
  • Readings, poems and hymns
  • A thank you to guests at the back

For more information and order of service examples, check out our blog on how to make an order of service. Don’t have a design team? If you’re struggling to get started, you can create your own folded option using our wedding order of service template online today.

What is a Funeral Order of Service Booklet?

A funeral order of service is a short booklet given out to guests at a funeral. It details the order of the funeral service and often includes readings and hymns dedicated to the person being celebrated.

Many people like to take the order of service home after the funeral to cherish as a keepsake, so it’s important to create one that’s personal and professional. instantprint funeral booklet printing is the perfect way to commemorate loved ones. We use the latest printing technology to ensure the highest possible quality, and always use a traditional uncoated paper stock for a classic feel.

Do you Have Wedding Programmes at a Civil Ceremony?

Orders of service are used at both civil and religious ceremonies. However, a civil ceremony order of service may not include the same kinds of readings and hymns that are chosen for church ceremonies. The order of the day is entirely up to the couple, and may include things like poem readings and songs rather than prayers and hymns.

Choose an A5 church wedding ceremony programme for a traditional church wedding – they’re the perfect size for the pews!

Our order of service guide outlines steps to take and what to include. It's best therefore to avoid any overly cursive or 'swirly' style of writing.

An Easy Breakdown of Traditional Wedding Ceremony Order

how to write an order of service

Your wedding Order of Service (also known as a wedding program or service sheet) is usually handed out by ushers to guests as they arrive.  It’s relatively simple to put one together, but since it is often one of those last minute jobs  it can feel really stressful trying to decide what goes in and what stays out. So we’ve put together some helpful resources, including an Order of Service Wording Template, to make this last minute wedding admin a bit easier for you.

Why have an Order of Service at our wedding?

Handing out an Order of Service gives you the opportunity to communicate to guests lots of additional information about how your wedding day will run. It makes a lovely memento for your wedding guests too!  Watch the video below or read on for the information you should include in your order of service.

Like much of the wedding stationery, knowing what needs to be included (and what can be omitted) is a bit of a battle.  This wedding order of service wording template (created for us by Southern Bride Verified Vendor Be My Guest) will give you a guide to write your own wedding program. Click here to grab the Order of Service Wording Template as an editable form. Please note, if you are getting married at a Church, you should check with the priest/minister as they may have additional guidelines you need to follow.

What formats do Wedding Order of Service’s come in?

Most of the time, couples opt for a folded piece of paper, or a flat piece of card:

With a bit of creative thinking, you can have your Order of Service do double duty, and use your wedding programs as a fan:

Sometimes one large poster-board is put out on display, and this can do the same job, but without the need for ushers and sometimes at a lower cost:

Wedding Order of Service Wording Template

Click here to grab the Order of Service Wording Template as an editable form


    • The couple’s names
    • The wedding date
    • The location of the ceremony
    • Best man and groomsmen names
    • Maid (or Matron) of Honor and bridesmaid names
    • Officiant/Celebrant name
    • Usher’s names
    • Junior wedding attendant names
    • MC/Master of Ceremony’s name
    • Name of any guests doing a reading, and the reading name or bible verse

Optional details for your Order of Service

    • Names of the parents of the couple getting married
    • Organist/Pianist/any musicians playing live music at your ceremony
    • Name of Prelude Music
    • Name of Processional Music
    • Listing of the stages of your wedding ceremony (Introduction, Vows, Rings, Signing Register, Presentation)
    • Name of Recessional Music

Helpful details to include on your Order of Service handout (space dependant)

    • Hymn lyrics
    • The relationship of the wedding attendants to the bride and groom
    • Information profiling the wedding attendants
    • Timing and location  of wedding reception/wedding breakfast
    • Information on BBQ/brunch the next day
    • Any social media posting requests (Suggested hashtags, or restrictions)

With these details in mind, here’s a wedding order of service template for writing your own wedding program:

Front Page/Heading of Order of Service

Welcome to the wedding of Bride and Groom Wedding Date Wedding Location

Order of Service

    • Prelude
    • Processional
    • Welcome/Introduction
    • Statement of Marriage
    • Readings
    • Hymn
    • Vows
    • Signing of the Register
    • Presentation as Husband and Wife
    • Prayer
    • Recessional

Bridal Party

    • Bridesmaids
    • Groomsmen
    • Ushers
    • Minister
    • Pianist
    • MC

Click here to grab the Order of Service Wording Template as an editable form

Additional Information to Include

    • “All are welcome to attend an afternoon tea and cake cutting in the church hall, following the Ceremony”
    • Hymn lyrics
    • “Guests are asked to be seated by 5.30pm at the reception venue, to welcome the new Mr & Mrs by 5.45pm”.

If the thought of putting together your wedding program is still stressing you out, consider enlisting the help of a professional. Be My Guest is a local designer who can help, or you can find some beautiful electronic templates on Etsy – I’ve linked a few of my favourites throughout the post, or click here to nosey at my saved Wedding Ceremony items which have lots of Order of Service ideas throughout.

One last thing – if you’re on the home stretch to your wedding, and wondering if you’ve got everything sorted, make sure you check out theLast Minute “Have I forgotten anything” checklist.

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