Designing Your Wedding Program

Do you plan to have a wedding program for your wedding? Do you have to have one? The answers to these questions and more are below:
What is the purpose of a program?

*A wedding program identifies and honors those participating in the ceremony.
*It is also a wonderful and sentimental keepsake for everyone.

Do I really need one?

A program is certainly not a required element of your wedding ceremony. However, if you have the time and resources, it’s a great way to add a personal touch to your ceremony.
What should be included?

*Include an outline of the wedding ceremony and the order of events.
*Identify all of the members of the wedding party.
*You can also use other identifying factors such as “Bride’s Best Friend Since College” or “Groom’s Brother”.
*Include the time, date and place of the ceremony and the name of your Officiant.
*Include the titles of any music played or special readings. Be sure to include the names of any musicians, soloists or readers.

*Here are some “optional items” you can also include

A special “Thank You” to the parents. Here’s an example of a special dedication to a bride and groom’s parents:
“We would like to dedicate this ceremony to our parents. They have taught us our values, and shown us how to laugh, love and appreciate all that life has to offer. Their generosity, support, and love is unending.”
*Special message from the bride and groom to their wedding guests.
*Explanation of any special religious or ethnic wedding traditions that will be part of your ceremony.
*Special poems or readings;
One bride who recently wrote in to USABride, said that an entire page of her program was called, “Patchwork of Memories”.
This page went on to explain all of the sentimental details of her wedding from the ring pillow made out of material from her mother’s wedding dress to the antique wedding ring that was worn by the groom’s grandmother

Where should I order my programs?

You can usually order ceremony programs from your printer at the same time you order your invitations. Some brides like to match their wedding programs to their invitations.
Can I make my own?

*YES! Many brides choose to make their programs on a computer. This not only saves money but allows for much greater flexibility and creativity.
*For instance, you can have a single or multiple page program. For a single page program, you can use a heavier card stock and poke holes in the top and decorate with ribbon or a tulle bow. Or, you can use a regular stock of paper and roll it like a scroll and tie with ribbon. The possibilities are endless!