Wedding ceremony programs, just like your invitations, almost serve as how-to guides for your big day. They help your guests understand what protocol to follow during the nuptuals and reception and allow individuals to follow the order of the procession. Programs will also let your guests know which family members and friends are performing certain readings or rituals during the ceremony.
Programs are not essential for a wedding, but they are often used as a thank you to guests and can help everyone feel a bit more involved in your big day. The best part about wedding programs? Compared to the rest of the expenses of the big day, they are a relatively affordable and valuable addition to your ceremony that can be saved and documented – that way, you and your family can remember all of the wonderful events during your wedding!
Let your program reflect your personal taste
Everyone’s wedding is going to be a little bit different, which means that there is not a formal guideline for programs. You can design the program to be all on one card if your ceremony is going to be short and sweet, or opt for a booklet if you are planning a mass, religious ceremony or longer processional.
Have fun with your program
Your wedding ceremony programs can be as decorative or simple as you wish. That being said, these mementos will be cherished for decades to come, so don’t be shy about splurging on some high-quality paper and ink. There are many templates, typefaces and images available that can suit the color palette and theme of your big day as well.
It’s all about the content
As pretty as you want your wedding ceremony programs to be, the most important aspects of it are contained in the order inside. Brides and grooms should include musical pieces and songs played during the processional as well as poems, scriptures or other readings (you can either reference them or spell them out in their entirety).
The friends and family who are involved in your ceremony are also key players within the wedding program. Your guests will want to know who the officiant is, which persons are conducting religious rituals or readings, the names of the musicians and other individuals who play a significant role. In addition, anyone involved in the processional should also be included. Grandmothers and mothers of the bride and groom, the bridal party, your maid/matron of honor, flower girls, ring bearers, the groomsmen and best man should all be listed so your guests can follow along. Many brides and grooms will also mention grandparents or other important people in their lives that have either passed away or could not make it to the ceremony.
Lastly, it is commonplace to include a thank you at the end of the program to your guests, as well as the parents of the bride and groom, who usually play a big role in planning out the big day.
Have your bridal party hand out the programs at the door, include them in a container or basket at the entrance of the venue or simply have them resting on each seat as your guests arrive.