Wedding Program Ideas
When you are looking for wedding program ideas, search for ways to add more meaning to your ceremony for your guests.
The program is used to provide the order of events to your
guests during the ceremony and makes a great keepsake for your friends
If you made your wedding invitations, the program can be printed on the same paper stock.
Programs can be a single sheet, fan, fold-over, multiple pages, or folded like a brochure.
Be sure to print as many programs as guests plus thirty more.
The program is the last thing to print in case of any last minute
changes to the ceremony.
However, you can create a template in
advance and then make any corrections or changes a few days before the
A Wedding Program Should Include:
- The name of the bride and groom
- The date, time and place
- The order of service
- The music performed
- The officiants name
- The parents name
- The wedding party names with relationship to bride and groom
- A thank you for attending
maps to the reception, any special thank you, poem or verse, photo of bride and groom, and tributes to loved ones that have passed away
- Any communications to guests: examples are, “Please turn off cell phones” or “Please remain seated until the ushers dismiss you”.
EXAMPLE OF SINGLE-PAGE PROGRAM
Deborah Jo Smith and Richard David Pope
June Second, Two Thousand Nine
First Episcopalian Church
Canon in D - Pachabel
"Wedding March" - Mendelssohn
Reverend William Jones
"To Be One With Each Other" - by George Eliot (1819-1880)
Sandra Lynn Todd
FRIEND OF THE BRIDE
RECITATION OF VOWS
Written by Deborah Jo Smith and Richard David Pope
EXCHANGE OF RINGS
"What a Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong
MULTIPLE PAGE PROGRAM IDEAS
Programs vary as much as ceremonies do.
If your ceremony is
going to be long, you might want to include songs, readings, anything
that may require special participation, or any unusual elements you want
to explain to your guests.
If you have a multipage wedding program, here are some suggestions of what to include:
On The Front
- Name of the couple or something like "The Marriage Ceremony of Amanda and James".
- The date
- The place
- You can also adorn the cover with a design or symbol that is unique or special to the couple.
The Inside Front Cover
- This is where you thank family and friends for their support.
The Next Page(s)
- List everyone involved in the ceremony - the officiant(s), the bride and groom, their parents, and the wedding party.
the music - include the prelude, the processional, any music or songs
during the ceremony, and the recessional. If hymns are song, include the
- Include any readings
- If you have guests who may not be familiar with the ceremony traditions, include a detailed ceremony.
The Back Cover
- On the back cover, put a meaningful poem, verse, or blessing.
- Any communication to guests.
UNIQUE WEDDING PROGRAM IDEAS
- Make your wedding program look like a playbill. You can announce the wedding, list the names of all the participants and the roles they are responsible for, acknowledge those who provided services, and any other distinctions.
- Have your program handwritten and presented in scroll form.
- For an outdoor wedding, print the program on a paper fan or on paper cups that hold ice drinks.
- For an outdoor wedding, you could print up yard signs listing the order of events and participants.
- Project a program on the wall in a place the guests will see as they enter. Be sure that it does not interfere with the ceremony itself.
- Include the story of how you and the groom met or any other personal story.
- Include a short description of each member of your wedding party. It is a great way to honor your bridesmaids and groomsmen and your guests will feel that they know each attendant a little better.
As you can see, there are many wedding program ideas that can be used. Your wedding program can be a small booklet or an elegant single page. Most of all, it will be a lasting keepsake of your wedding day.
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