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May 14, 2018
As much fun as it is to design your wedding invitation, the paper party doesn’t stop there. In fact, designing your program for the big day can be even more fun, often giving brides a place to let their creativity shine. Today I’m sharing a few tips on what to include in your wedding ceremony program.
The program allows guests to get to know your wedding party and family, gives them a guide to follow along with the ceremony, and showcases your wedding style. You have the freedom to make your program as simple, quirky, or as formal as you desire.
When designing a program it’s important to consider both function and aesthetic. I suggest choosing a program that fits your wedding style. If you’re having an outdoor ceremony maybe consider a fan or a nod to the location. If your ceremony is in a church, you may prefer a more formal style with ribbon or a wax seal. If you’re a fun couple that loves comics, show your personality by creating a comic book program. At the end of the day, there are no rules – but the style of program should fit your overall wedding theme so it feels seamless.
The Elements of a Ceremony Program
The program cover can be simple or elaborate. Key elements to include are the couple’s names, wedding date, and wedding location.
Family and Wedding Party
Start with parents and grandparents, then introduce your wedding party, including the names of everyone participating in your ceremony.
The Order of Ceremony
You can include a brief welcome, blessing, or prayer. Then give the order of events so your guests can follow along.
How to Personalize
Explain any special cultural traditions or ceremonies so your guests can understand the significance.
Having an unplugged ceremony? Include instructions so your guests see your request to put away their cameras and phones.
Your program is also a beautiful place to honor any deceased loved ones. Include words from your favorite poem or song to keep the tone uplifting.
Feel free to add extras too, like photos, a brief story of how you met, or a thank-you to your parents.
Keep It Simple
Be careful not to include too much—your guests should be able to read the program in the few minutes before the ceremony.
How Many to Print
To avoid waste and keep costs down, I usually recommend printing 1 program for every family. But you may need a little more if there are mostly adults and no children at your wedding.
I hope this tips are helpful to get you started thinking about your ceremony programs, and working with a knowledgable stationer will make the process a breeze!
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