Wedding programs are a wonderful way to help your friends and family follow the ceremony and understand the wedding traditions you’re incorporating, plus they can take theirs home as a keepsake. The key to crafting a good wedding program? Think practically and creatively.
What’s in them?
No matter what design you choose for your wedding programs, consider adding the following elements:
- The full names of the bride and groom, the wedding date, and the city and state where the wedding is taking place
- The order of the wedding ceremony, including the musical selections , the composers, and the performers, as well as readings, the source or author, and the readers
- The name of the officiant
- For both religious and non religious ceremonies , it’s important to keep guests aware by briefly explaining traditions, rituals, and ethic customs
- If you wish to honor deceased loved ones, you can include a memorial on the back page with a photograph, a memory, poem, or quote.
Your wedding program is an opportunity to tell guests a little more about you as a couple and to set the tone for the rest of the event. The easiest way to personalize your programs is to add special touches such as favorite poems, quotes, or photographs. Here are some creative examples:
- Extending an old-world European theme with programs printed on marbled parchment paper rolled into scrolls and tied with a sage-green ribbon and a sprig of eucalyptus.
- Two actors created a Playbill for their programs: a booklet complete with The Players (each attendant’s picture and a short bio), a description of Acts (the ceremony events), and a Producers’ Note (a letter to guests from the bride and groom).
- High school sweethearts reprinted their senior prom picture on vellum and used it to top the program, setting a lighthearted, playful mood.
Whether you choose to create a program that’s bound with a wax seal or a single sheet of paper, there are four basic ways to make your wedding day programs.
- Set up an arts-and-crafts station in your home, complete with colorful papers, ribbon, and decorations, and host a bridal party DIY night.
- Create them using template designs from a computer program. With the right program, you can create almost anything .
- Have them crafted by a professional designer.
- Purchase a DIY kit from a company like Paper Source. All you have to do is follow the directions and put the programs together.
Beware!!!! DIY programs can be a time-consuming and expensive process, especially if you get hung up on technical details, so do a test run. Time how long it takes to put together a single program before deciding to make them yourself
Handing Them Out
Because wedding programs can come in unusual shapes, sizes, and colors, they can be presented in various ways. Here are some ideas:
- Fill baskets, tin pails, or antique trays (whatever fits your wedding best) with programs and place them at the entrance to your ceremony site. Guests can grab one as they arrive.
- For an outdoor wedding, put a program on each chair and set something on top of them that again will accentuate your wedding decor so they will not blow away.
- Have your ushers hand guests a program right before they’re seated.
No matter what you choose to do with your programs and how you choose to present your wedding to your guests make sure that it will make you happy to look back on in the future. ENJOY!!!