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The Wedding Program

Although a guide to your ceremony is not a must for your wedding, programs have become increasingly popular as of late. Like many other parts of the wedding stationery, you have full creative liability here. Generally the program should be in the same style and form as the invite, save the date card, directions, and any other part of the stationery trousseau. The program should start by listing the bride and groom's names as a title of sorts. Underneath include the wedding information: the location, date and time.

Next list the order of the service (circling, sharing of Kiddush cups, rings and vows, etc), the names of the wedding party (the best man, maid of honor, bridesmaid, etc) and the names of the parents and grandparents.
If you are having musicians at the ceremony it's customary to list them as well. Brief bios of the wedding party, vows, readings, a favorite love poem, songs, explanations of traditions, a monogram, your new address, directions to the reception, and a thank you or remembrance are all additions to the program. I recommend to avoid cheese, leave out any photos.

After you have decided the text of your program decide what form the program will take. A small one page booklet is the most traditional but anything goes. Small booklets tied with pretty ribbons, pull out accordions, flat postcards, long bookmarks, flip books, popsicle stick fans, and fan booklets are all wonderful artistic options. Speak with your stationer well in advance to figure out the design of the program and be sure to proof read the invite several times and check the spelling of names with everyone mentioned. To cut back on costs have the stationer print only the cover to your program and create a document on your computer to fill the rest of the pages. Decide whether each person will be handed a program or simply one for each couple and family.

I personally love the mini booklet idea because it can easily fit into a purse and the bows are so pretty. What about you? How was your wedding program designed?

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partysugar partysugar 10 years
nycgirl: I hope you plan on sharing pictures of the programs with us! I would love to see what the finished product looks like as they sound beautiful.
Jennie Jennie 10 years
I love the first ones! The others ehhh not so much.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
this is a good idea actually. most times the guests dont even know who's who!
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
We are designing our own too. We're doing the fan booklet-- 4 fan blades connected at the bottom by an eyelet. I've scoured the internet, and you really can't get a nice fan program for less than $7 so I figured we'd make it more personal and save money at the same time! We are using VERY heavy black cardstock for each blade, then printing the information on light ivory cardstock and glueing that on top of the black (which is slightly larger so you get a nice border effect) and then securing the four blades together with an extra-long eyelet. It will be very labor-intensive, but I wanted super thick paper so it won't be flimsy. Then I'm going to use ribbon and thread it through the eyelet and tie a little bow. (In my mind at least) it will be classy, personal, and functional!
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
mine was similar to the middle picture above, but the paper was a sage & ivory print, which matched the invites
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
My program was 5x7 card, it had a picture on the top of where my hubby asked me to marry him (MFA in front of my favorite painting). The colors were a light brown and pink. Very simple, but it complimented the invitations.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
To all the girl's who designed their own: what did they look like?! I want design details.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
I did my own invitations and programs as well....and I'm no graphic designer, but they looked great!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I designed my own as well. I've always loved playing around with that stuff!
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
The pink ones are too cute! Great for a spring/summer wedding. :)
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
My invitations and programs were designed by me :) How could a graphic designer not design her own stuff. ;)
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
the first invitations are perfect! has the whole wedding feeling to them :D
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