Create the perfect wedding program to fit your needs.
Wedding Programs 101: The Basics to Get You Started
First things first
Be sure to list the full names of the bride and groom, wedding date, city and state of the ceremony and the ceremony time (this information can also be listed on the inside, if you prefer). A photograph or design element (wedding rings, doves, scroll, etc.) is often featured on the front cover. Your wedding program will be a keepsake for each of your guests, so you’ll want it to look good.
List the elements of the ceremony. The key is to keep your guests informed about what’s happening each step along the way. Consider including some, most or all of the following:
• Officiant’s name
• Names of parents and grandparents
• Names of wedding party members and their connections to the bride and groom
• Brief wedding party bios — gives guests a glimpse into the lives of those closest to you
• Order of events (vows, unity candle, readings, etc.)
• Explanations of traditions, ethnic customs and rituals for anything that may be unknown
• Musical selections (include lyrics if they have special meaning to you), composers and performers
• Titles of readings (complete poems, if desired), authors and readers
• Request for audience participation during the ceremony (communion, singing, standing, etc.)
Add the Finishing Touches
Besides the basic information about your ceremony, you may want to add one or a few of these finishing touches:
• Special thank you messages to parents and to guests
• Meaningful quotes
• Your story (how you met, fell in love, etc.)
• Memorials to honor loved ones who have passed away
• Directions to the reception
Depending on what works well with your wedding style, here are some suggestions on how to present your wedding programs:
• Place programs in decorative baskets, whitewashed pails, bamboo trays, hand-painted flowerpots or other attractive containers at the entrance to the ceremony site. Guests can grab a program as they arrive.
• If you are having an outdoor wedding, lay programs flat on each chair under decorative rocks, sea glass or seashells to keep them in place.
• Have a close friend or family member that isn’t in the wedding party hand out programs as guests arrive.
• Ask ushers to hand out programs once guests are seated.