How to Word Wedding Programs for Deceased Fathers

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How to Word Wedding Programs for Deceased Fathers
Honour your deceased father in your wedding program. (wedding ring band program elegant image by Paul Retherford from

Honouring your deceased father on your wedding day may help ease the pain you feel that he is unable to share the day with you. Mentioning your father in your wedding program allows you to pay tribute to him without making the day a sad memorial of him. The mention in the program can accompany another small act, such as lighting a candle or having a moment of silence in his honour.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    List your father's name with the other parents' names if you want it there. For example, you may write "Father of the Bride...The late Mr. John Tucker."

  2. 2

    Reserve a section at the end of the program to honour your father. For example: "In loving memory of James Edward Roberts, father of the groom."

  3. 3

    Include a poem, scripture, verse or other quote if you want. For example: "We'd like to honour those who are not here in body today, but will always be with us in spirit."

    Alternatively, write a short note directly to him.

  4. 4

    Explain anything you are doing to honour him, such as lighting a candle in his memory or having his favourite hymn sung.

Tips and warnings

  • Try not to make the mention too sad. You want to honour him without making other relatives and friends uncomfortable. It is supposed to be a happy day for you, even if it is bittersweet.

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