(Closed) Catholic Wedding Program Question

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
11 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

@sexynred1:  For the parents you can simply list only your mother, omitting a father role all together (I’m unsure if your real father is in the picture, if so, just include him but on a separate line). For your FH’s parents you can list them as mother and step-father or just father, up to you. Technically if there is no other father role present it is more than apporpriate to list a step father as simply ‘father’. But that only matters if listing separately. Most programs follow invitations in ettiqutte and list married parents as a couple.

How formal is your wedding? Generally, parents names are First and Last and more formal would include middle names and titles of Mrs., Ms. and Mr. (Miss as opposed to Ms. is technically the correct way but my mother would kill me if i listed her that way). 

For your escort, I would determine who your secondary escort is before printing programs. My sister had the same problem with her wedding as my brother was supposed to walk her down but was having medical issues and we weren’t sure he could make it. So she simply listed two lines of ‘escorts’ in her program, listing my brother first and my uncle second. That way, it wasn’t entirely committal. This is an example of how I might do yours.

Ms. Jane Ann Compton, mother of the bride

Mr. Johnathan Miles Compton, father of the bride (if he’s around)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas James Smith, parents of the groom

Ms. Kathleen Anita Compton, maid of honor, sister of the bride (adding sis is optional)

Ms. Janice Elizabeth Carry, bridesmaid, friend of bride

Mr. Mark John Harrison, best man, friend of groom

Mr. James Hammel, groomsman, friend of groom

Mr. Timothy Wiles, escort (this should be who you intend to walk you, so your god father0

Mr. Christopher Davis, escort (secondary escort)

Post # 4
17 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

Names aren’t mandatory, they’re just something people put in to let guests know who’s who. If you’re more comfortable leaving some or all of them out, then do so. We’re only listing those involved in the ceremony – clergy, organist, bridal party, readers – but leaving off parents.


Post # 5
990 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

QE2 is right no need for names. We are putting a simple statement at the back of ours that says a small thanks you to our parents, family, and friends that supported us. Many of them have helped cover the cost and we didnt want them to feel left out of the program but we also want a shorter program. This keeps it simple. At our reception we are going to make a board with fun facts about each of our wedding party members which might also be an idea so your guests can know who is who.


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