The purpose of a wedding program goes beyond just being a guide.
The program can be categorized into three main sections – Order of Events, Gratitude and Light Reading.
1. Ceremony Guide (Order of Events)
The primary use of a wedding program is to act as a guide for your guests to follow along and participate during the ceremony. The guide can include information about special traditions and religious order of events, this information is usually obtained by coordinating with the church.
Lets start with introductions – Letting your guests know who is who in your wedding party. This should include both the names as well as their respective titles. (Example: Beth – Bridesmaid)
A growing trend with weddings is to have the wedding party member’s silhouettes on the front of the program as seen here.
Wedding party members can consist of the following:
- Bride and Groom
- Maid of Honor
- Best Man
- Flower Girl
- Ring Bearer/ Page Boy
- Parents of the Bride
- Parents of the Groom
- Presiding Minister/ Officiant
Along with the members of your wedding party, you should also include the date and place of your wedding as a wedding program is commonly used as a memento and will make a good addition in your wedding album.
The order of events follows the wedding party introductions, which can include:
- Wedding Party Processional
- Songs / Hymns
- Exchanging of Vows
- Ring Exchange
- Presentation Of Bride & Groom
The content here will depend on the amount of information/ events you want to include, but remember that the wedding program is for light reading. This is why it is best to only include the highlights of the ceremony.
2. Express your gratitude
Towards the end of the program it is a good choice to thank all the people that helped in making this big day possible and having them mentioned on the printed programs makes it all the more meaningful.
This may include:
- Your Parents
- God (if religious)
- Your Wedding Party
- Ushers, Choir members
- And all the guests.
There is not a need for a prolonged thank you but just a simple, honest “thanks”, which can be something like:
We are thankful and blessed to have each of you celebrate this day with us!
3. Include some Light Reading on your Wedding Program
This section is generally used if there is left over room after filling in the previous two sections. This is a good place to include:
- A map that shows your guests how they can get from the ceremony to the reception
- Fun facts about the bride and groom
- A short story of how the couple met
- A game, such as an “I spy” or crossword puzzle.
As you can see, wedding programs have come a long way and can be as simple or creative as you can imagine. Have some fun but try not to go overboard.