Wedding programs are often forgot about when it comes to wedding stationery, but it can be really helpful and informative to keeping your guests in the loop on how the day will unfold! Ceremonies can be so extremely different from one another, depending on your religious beliefs, family traditions, or even your personality as a couple, that your guests may not know what to expect!
So the basic premise of a wedding program are your three W’s; who, what, where. Who’s involved? What will the ceremony consist of? And Where is it located? The easiest of the three is usually, Where. Most people have already where is the ceremony is taking place, because they are already there! However, for couples that have their reception at a different location, this is a reminder of that location and something easy to reference once your guests get on the road and need to know where they are going. If you plan on saving a wedding program as keepsake, its nice to have the name of the venues for that purpose too!
Next up is Who! Who is involved in the ceremony? Of course you have the two stars of the event; the bride and groom. You also have the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer and flower girl and sometimes the parents of the bride and groom on the list too. If you have any speakers during your ceremony, those people should be included on in the program as well. This list can be as big or small as you want it to be!
Lastly we have What. What does the ceremony consist of? Like I mentioned before, every wedding is different, so this section can vary quite a bit! A general order of how the ceremony will be performed, so your guests can follow along would suffice. Make sure to include any prayers, readings, rituals, traditions, celebrations, or departures in this section.
Needless to say, this is a general version of yourtypically wedding program. You can put much more information, or just the bare minimum. Do you want your programs to match your invitation suite, or would you rather it be neutral so it doesn’t distract from your gorgeous venue and décor? Its your wedding day, so do what makes you happy!
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