How To Use Small Booklet Printing To Create An Order Of Service To Keep Forever

We have, I’m sure, all attended certain events where we were issued with Order of Service booklets, – typically weddings and funerals – and whilst these events are at ‘opposite ends’ of the social scale, as such, the importance of the Order of Service booklet cannot be underestimated. Whilst these events are very different in emotion and meaning, these booklets will act as keepsakes for many family members and friends when remembering the service and ceremony they have been privileged to attend. They need to be printed and finished in the best quality to reflect the importance of these occasions – here are some aspects to consider when planning your Order of Service for the relevant event and how small booklet printing can help: 

Order of Service printing for both funerals and weddings will contain some common features:  

Funeral Service

A front cover for a funeral Order of Service will, typically, greet the mourners and clearly highlight the person the service represents. Essential personal information, such as dates of both birth and death, their full, legal name and the time and location of the service itself, will be featured, accompanied by a meaningful photograph and a short, but poignant, statement relevant to the person for whom the service is dedicated. It will also display a photograph of the person being remembered – usually a picture featuring only that specific person, thus highlighting the focus of the ceremony.

Although this may be a sad occasion, many will see it as a celebration of that person’s life as well as a respectful remembrance, so family may choose an uplifting picture rather than a sombre image. Likewise, the final page of the Order of Service should also feature a meaningful photograph – something that portrays a different aspect than represented on the front cover. People often choose a picture of the departed in a group situation, with family or friends – usually from a happy or joyous occasion. 

The inside pages of a funeral Order of Service booklet will contain the details of the format and sequence of events for the ceremony – the music chosen for the entrance, for during the service and the exit. Along with the all-important eulogy, the commendations, any group prayers, and hymns (if applicable) and any blessing and committal, the names of any readers and speakers for the ceremony will be included. 

The closing page will feature the earlier mentioned photographs along with thanks to those participating and attending the ceremony – often this page will mention any nominated charities for donations and may issue invitations to further ceremonies or receptions that are to be held following the service in honour of the beloved.   

Wedding Service

The content for a wedding Order of Service may vary dependent upon the type of service chosen – a religious service may be more ‘formal’ and will include appropriate readings and a blessing, whereas a civil ceremony may take on a ‘lighter’ tone – the content though will be similar.

The front cover will contain the basic, essential information – the full names of the bride and groom along with the date, time, and location of the wedding ceremony and a photograph of the couple. The back cover will feature further photographs, usually of the couple in celebratory situations and poses – perhaps images from holidays taken together, or other special events.   

The inside pages of a wedding Order of Service booklet will detail the ‘running order’ of the ceremony itself – the entrance music, the marriage vows, and the ring exchange, along with the signing of the register – some may include the words or lyrics of any readings or songs featured during the ceremony. 

The back cover of a wedding Order of Service booklet will often include a message of thanks for the guests’ attendance alongside special mentions for the best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, and such. Here is where you may also mention the time and venue of any following reception.  


Having finalised your content and layout of Order of Service, it is recommended that you have them professionally printed. Decide how many copies of the booklets you require – remember that there may be people unable to attend the service in person, but will receive a booklet, so ensure there are enough copies for both those attending and absent from the actual proceedings.

An established online print company can provide affordable, cost effective, small booklet printing along with a quality finish from the printed page materials to the most appropriate book binding methods. There are different options for binding Order of Service booklets such as spiral coil, wire coil and perfect binding, but the most popular form of binding for small booklets is saddle-stitching – it is the most economical binding method and can be considered as the professional iteration of stapling.   

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