Wedding Program 101
Paperia | September 2014
While they’re not absolutely required, wedding programs serve three major functions during a wedding ceremony.
1. Keep guests informed about unfamiliar religious or ethnic customs
2. Honor those close to you
3. Serve as a memento of the magnificent occasion
Wedding programs can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Consider starting with the essential information and then building from there.
- Full names of the bride and groom; wedding date; city and state
- List of the wedding party, including parents, grandparents, and the officiant
- Order of ceremonial events
- Reference to title and author/composer of any songs or readings, as well as the individual delivering them
Many couples choose to personalize their programs further by including a special note of thanks to their parents and wedding guests. Another common sentiment you may include is a memorial note in honor of deceased loved ones.
Whenever possible, consider coordinating your programs with your wedding style or in a way that celebrates you as a couple. For example, a wedding on the beach may use programs in the shape of fans. A union of two theater-lovers may have a playbill style program. Take this opportunity to get creative! And keep in mind that guests will enjoy reading through your program as they await the start of the ceremony.
For more assistance with wedding programs, stop in to the Paperia to discover a range of beautiful stationery available to accent your special day!