Wedding Wednesday: Programs

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I think ceremony programs are such a lovely part of the ceremony, a great read for your guests while they wait for the Bride to walk down the aisle, and they’re yet another way to tie in your theme and personal touches to the special day.

Traditionally, a program tended to be quite simple ~ a single sheet with a list of the events. Over the years, the wedding program has really evolved, and many couples are taking full advantage by providing their guests something very creative, fun and personal.

You may wonder what exactly goes into a wedding program ~ glad you asked! As a general rule, programs include a description of the wedding ceremony and a list of the members of your wedding party. It’s essentially an order of events which often includes things like processional music, greetings, readings, prayers, the exchange of vows, ring ceremony, unity candle ceremony, pronouncement of marriage, and recessional music. Although, keep in mind that this will depend on how lengthy you choose to be with your ceremony outline. Many religious or ethnic wedding traditions require descriptions of the symbolism and origin of special parts of the ceremony.

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The program should also identify and honour those who are participating in the ceremony. List the members of your wedding party, your officiant’s name, as well as the names of any musicians, soloists or readers.

It is also becoming more and more popular to include a thank-you message to family, friends, and reference any loved ones who are deceased and other guests who are unable to attend.

Perhaps you’re looking for something a little different? Perfect ~ here’s a list of some ‘beyond the basics’ that you can add to spice up your program: include details on the music/song selection noting any special significance to the bride or groom, bios of the wedding party, your story {how you met, how he/she proposed, etc.}, info on your location if it’s historical or important to you, details of the brides “old, new, borrowed and blue” and other sentimental objects that are used in the ceremony, photos {engagement photos, candid shots or baby photos}, your wedding vows {if personally written}, interesting facts about your guests {who has traveled the farthest, who has been married the longest, etc.}.

Let your personality take the lead with this one!

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Now how do you determine how many to order? Good question! You will want to order enough programs to equal approximately 75% of your expected guests, since couples usually take one. If you have ushers leading your guests to their seats, you could also have them handing out an individual program per family or couple. Of course, if you choose to place a program at each seat, you will want to order one for every guest.

Now that’s a program every guest will be keeping!

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