Other than your wedding invitations, your programs are where you set the tone of your nuptials. You get to share the day's events with your guests in the tone you desire. To send the perfect message, here are some tips on how to word your wedding programs:
Wedding programs 101
There are no set rules on how you word, design or lay out your wedding program. You can be as simple and casual or detailed and traditional as you like. However, if you are having a religious ceremony there are a variety of customs, so you may want to include descriptions of those ceremonies for your guests.
Introduction - The introduction should be short and to the point. Introduce the bride and groom on the front cover with names and the date on the nuptials. You'll want to include the date so people can keep the program as a memento for years to come. Sample wording includes "Welcome to the marriage service," "The sacrament of holy matrimony," or "John and Diane's wedding ceremony."
Order of ceremony - Whether you are having a secular or religious ceremony, it is helpful to let your guests know the order of the wedding. So make sections on the program that outline what traditions, customs or rituals will be celebrated throughout the ceremony. You can be extra detailed in these sections if you wish, and might opt to include the names of music, prayers or poems that are featured.
For example, the ceremony program can feature a bridesmaid processional followed by the bride. Then you can write a note about the welcome prayer and add information about a music solo. The marriage rites, where the bride and groom recite vows, can be next, followed by the exchanging of rings and the declaration of marriage.
Wedding party - List each person in the wedding party, such as the maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, flower girls, ring bearer and more. This allows you to call attention to the people who took time out of their lives to take part in your wedding celebration.
Special note - If you wish you can end the program with a special note. Thank all your guests for coming to your wedding, especially anyone who had to travel far. You might want to say something like "Thank you for sharing this service with us on our wedding day." Some people also take a moment to honor a deceased loved one or to feature a quote or poem.