What to include in a wedding program:
- The Cover Page
Typically includes the date and/or the names of the couple. It may also include the location and time of the ceremony, and sometimes a design element.
- The Physical Ceremony
If you haven't already included your names, wedding date, location, and time on the front cover, consider listing that information on the inside just before the order of events. Then list what will happen during the ceremony, including processional music, greeting, readings, prayers, exchange of vows, ring ceremony, any form of unification ceremony (i.e., unity candle, sand ceremony, hand ceremony, rose ceremony, etc.) , pronouncement of marriage, recessional music, and any other ceremony music. Your list may not include all of these elements, and it may include some traditions not listed here. Be sure to list the events in the order they will occur.
- The Bridal Party
This is a simple list of the names and roles of your bridal party. Some couples also like to include how they are related to the Bride or Groom. For example:
Officiant: Pastor Jeffrey Evans
Parents of the bride: Deborah Moyer and Jeffrey Wiker
Parents of the groom: Ina Beebe and Andrew Beebe
Grandparents: Betty Myers, Joan G. Wiker, Katherine Beebe
Maid of Honor: Tiffany Merrick (relation example: Tiffany Merrick, Friend of the Bride)
Best Man: Bryon Kremer
Bridesmaids: Heather Petko, Laura Leidy, Rheanna Benson, Trinda Bernardo, Katelyn Whitcomb
Groomsmen: Jason Musselman, Todd Hennessy, Craig Himmelwright, James Hope, Douglas Ziegler
Readers: Dennette Myers, Kara Markley
Additional elements you may want to include in a wedding program:
- Thank yous
- Memorials (for example: On this day of happiness, we would like to remember those who are no longer with us, especially Jason Reall, Step-Father of the Bride, and William Wiker, Godfather of the Bride.)
- Quotes or poems about love or marriage
- Directions to the reception
- Your new mailing address as Husband and Wife (if you have recently purchased a house to start your married life together)
Depending on how long your program is will somewhat determine what style of program you should select. There are styles of all kinds and sizes. Here are some of my favorites!
This is one of the several styles of a fan program... on a hot August day, this was perfect paired with a bottle of water for each guest to enjoy during the beautiful ceremony!
A Z-Fold Tea Length Program
I call this the "The Wristlet", it's for the couple that has a lot to say! Also looks adorable if you hang it on the corner of each chair lined up for your ceremony.
The classic Bi-Fold Tea Length, with an insert page, bound by gorgeous satin ribbon (or ribbon of your choice)
A simplified version of the program above, the classic Bi-Fold Tea Length, with no insert page, just scored and folded down the center... simple and elegant!!!