Wedding programs are a great way to introduce your guests to your wedding. Programs allow your guests to follow along with every part of the wedding, as well as help you introduce any traditions or customs that you and your fiancé may be incorporating into your wedding day. Not only that, but they are also a great keepsake!
You don’t need to go to a printer to have your wedding programs made. If you have a computer, a printer and a bit of creativity, you can whip up your own wedding programs in no time. To start, make sure you include these important elements:
- The full names of both the bride and the groom should be included on the program
- The wedding date, as well as the city and state where the wedding is being held should be announced
- The order of the wedding ceremony, including music (be sure to include the composers), and any readings (include any authors) as well as those who are reading the readings
- Provide a brief “wedding party bio” for each of the attendants. This can be as simple as describing each person’s relationship to you.
- The name of the person who is marrying you, or the officiant, should be provided
- A “thank you” note to parents and then one to all of the guests is a nice inclusion on wedding programs, though not necessary.
- Honor any deceased loved ones and include a quote, a poem or a fond memory of the person
- If you are having a religious ceremony, make sure you explain the customs that they will see during the ceremony on the program.
Now that the essentials are out of the way, you can start thinking about how you are going to personalize your programs so that they speak true to both you and your fiancé. Some things to think about adding to throw in that “personal touch” are:
- Favorite quotes
- Favorite songs
Here’s the trickiest part for most brides and grooms: just how are you going to make these programs? One way to do this is to set up a “wedding program” station in your home, which will have your paper laid out, ribbons, and embellishments you would like to include. Alternatively, you can choose a template off of the computer and print them off using your own printer. There are dozens of fantastic wedding websites that offer beautiful wedding program templates that are free to use. Another option would be to purchase a pre-made “do it yourself” wedding program kit that will direct you on how to piece them together.
Something else to consider is just how you are going to present your wedding favors. This can be as simple as lying them out on a table, or you can try to present them in a way that suits your theme. For example, if you are having a winter wedding, you may wish to have them hanging from a crafted cloud and have them appear as snowflakes falling from above. Or you can place them in a whicker picnic basket for a country-style outdoor wedding.