Will you be having wedding programs at your wedding? Wedding programs are very versatile and multi-purpose. In addition to being keepsakes, they are a great way to introduce your guests to the families and friends in the wedding party and to help them understand the traditions, rituals, and ethic customs that you have incorporated into your ceremony by offering brief explanations. You can make them yourself if you are creative and have the time or have the same company that is making your invitations create the wedding programs for you.
The latest trends in wedding programs are:
- Use eco-friendly recycled paper
- Include the reception in the wedding program
- Use themes or colours that coordinate with the wedding décor
- Personalize with photos, poems, or favourite quotations
- Use interesting paper – scrolls and fans are very popular right now
- Instead of leaving the wedding programs in a container or on a table, have the flower girl and ring bearer hand them out
What should you include in the wedding program?
- The names of the bride and groom
- The date, time, and location of the wedding
- Order of events and explanations of traditions, rituals, and ethnic customs
- The bridal party traditionally listed in this order – Parents of the Bride, Parents of the Groom, Step Parents, Grandparents of the Bride, Grandmothers of the Groom, Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, Best Man, Groomsmen, Ring Bearer, Officiant, Pianist, Soloist, and Readers. You may include brief bios.
- Thank Yous – thank those in the wedding party and the guests. You may include memorials to deceased relatives.
- Reception – information regarding the location including directions, map, etc
- Reception – order of events