Wedding Programs are are great way to guide your guests through the wedding festivities. The program will include all of the details, like who’s who and special moments at the ceremony. You can even have a separate one for the reception, with special messages and the menu.
A popular style of ceremony program is a folded booklet. You can have the front and back printed on heavier stock, then use lighter weight paper on the inside. One piece of light weight paper, folded in half, and tied to the heavier cover, with a ribbon in the middle, would allow for 4 pages of text. You should the names of your family members and special guests, plus be sure to include all of your wedding party as well. It is useful to include the order of events happening during the ceremony, such as special passages or readings.
If you are having a small wedding party and simple ceremony, you can just create one flat card, printed front and back if needed. There are many online sites to consider, such as minted.com and Wedding Paper Divas, that provide fun, easy to customize options for programs and coordinating pieces.
The reception program is a nice way to keep all of the pieces of paper given to guests at the reception, in one neat little booklet. You can tuck each booklet into your guests place setting. It can have the menu, personal messages from the bride and groom, photos, and to let your guests know about special touches, like the midnight snack or photo booth.
Wedding Program Trends
The traditional wedding program will be text and perhaps a design or monogram on the cover, but consider using a fun and modern info graphic for your program. An infographic is a graphic visualization to help people understand information quickly and have been gaining in popularity in the advertising and marketing world. They can be a fun way to show guests your journey as a couple. For example, have a map of where you have traveled or lived together or use numbers to highlight special moments in your relationship (number of pets, years together, etc). Once you determine the information you want to use, ask your stationery designer to let their imagination run wild!
If you are having the ceremony outdoors during the day, another great idea is to use a heavy card stock and add a stick to create a hand fan. I also like sharing memories about each member of your bridal party and why you choose them to stand beside you on your big day.