The Order of Service
The Chief Bridesmaid's tips for saving money on your Order of Service
Even many professional orders of service are simply the size of an A4 folded sheet, and so if you are a bride on a budget, making the order of service yourself is a simple way to save money. If you aren't handy on a computer, then ask a friend to come over and help you put it together over an afternoon. Pay them with a cup of tea and some cake as a reward - much cheaper than employing a professional!
Short and Sweet!
To keep the costs of your order of serivce low, it's best to keep it short - this won't impact on your guests' wedding day experience and it'll mean less chances of typos too!
If you're having a Church service with hymns, it's rarely necessary to print the hymn words in the order of service - the guests can just as simply use the hymn books. This is simpler and cheaper for you!
If you're having a registery office wedding, do you need to create an order of service at all? With a bit of decoration, a nicely laid out single sheet of paper can still look great!
Numbers of Orders of Service
Rather than print an order of service for every member of the wedding party, print about 65% of the number of your wedding guests. Most wedding guests will share anyway, plus you've allowed 15% for those who don't. This will save money that can be reassigned elsewhere in your budget!
If you are getting your order of service printed professionally, bear in mind that printing anything in colour drives up costs enormously. Keep costs down by keeping it black and white - you could even embrace a black and white theme across all of your wedding stationery so that your place cards, invites and orders of service all match.