Get with the program

Don’t limit yourself to the basics when designing a unique and interesting wedding program
Apr. 6, 2011 | By:

When it comes time to tell your wedding guests what’s going on at the ceremony, many brides and grooms choose to create wedding programs. These are a guide for their guests to follow the order of the service and a chance to give public thanks to the people who made the day possible.

Although wedding programs must maintain some function to help your guests follow the service (and possibly give directions to any following functions), that’s not to say that they can’t be fun, different and interesting. Here are some tips to create a memorable program that won’t end up tossed in the trash even before the wedding begins!

Have fun with your program

There are many fun things you can do with your wedding program that will keep your guests entertained during the down time at your ceremony, including:

Crossword puzzle: We’re not talking about the New York Times Sunday puzzle. All you need to do is interlock important words about your ceremony (like the bride and groom’s names), and words like “wedding,” “ring” and “vows” along with a list of the clues.

Word search: This is the same as the crossword puzzle, except the words are hidden in a jumble of random letters.

Origami: Add a paragraph of instructions on how to fold the program into a swan or other creations.

Trivia: Come up with fun trivia items about how you met, pet names, or general wedding trivia.

Jokes: Some light-hearted wedding tales, teases and quotes will make for an interesting read.

Design: Make the front of your program look like a famous movie poster with your faces and names in the place of the stars, or a stage show’s playbill. You can even design your program as a newspaper with your wedding as the day’s top story.

Follow the tone of your wedding

Let’s say your wedding will be a traditional, full Catholic mass service. It’s probably not the best idea to have a program that looks like an Old West wanted poster. Nor would a 10-page-long formal program on parchment paper be a good idea at a country-themed outdoor wedding that’s only going to last about 20 minutes. Just remember to match the tone or theme of your wedding to all your accessories, such as the program, the invitations, and favors.

Also, to remember to keep the program PG-rated out of respect for your guests, no matter what style of wedding you may have. Don’t put anything in your program that you wouldn’t want your clergy, your grandparents or any children to see.

The basics are important

No matter what type of program you decide to have, don’t forget to have the most important information: A list of the participants, the order of the ceremony and any audience participation instructions (such as clergy/audience responses or hymns). Also, don’t forget to include the date, time, and location of the wedding for those who wish to keep the program as a souvenir.

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