For many couples, wedding programs are an important part of the wedding ceremony. You’ve chosen the ceremony music, bible verses and your attendants carefully – be sure your guests know all the details. Some couples add personal anecdote about the wedding party, a thank you to their guests or a meaningful remembrance of family members who have passed away.
Programs can take many different forms and looks. Traditionally, they are printed as booklets which is a one-sheet, folded in half to create four panels for information. A fun twist is to include engagement photos on one or more of the panels.
Another popular program style is a single card printed, printed on both sides with the ceremony order and bridal party. These cards can be sized as square, 5×7 or a tall and thin 4×9. Ribbons can adorn the top of the card for a bit of embellishment.
One of the most fun and memorable program styles is the paddle fan. The front and back feature similar details as the other styles, but a handle is glued in between the pages to create a cool, breezy fan for your guests. This program is ideal for summer outdoor celebrations or ceremonies that take place in a church with no air-conditioning.
Timing and Quantity
It’s best to start working on your programs at least a month before the big day when ceremony details have been finalized. It’s important to have a rough idea of how many guests will be attending so you can order accurately. One rule of thumb is order programs for two-thirds of the expected guest total since not everyone will take a program and couples may take only one.
Finally, regardless of the program style you choose, remember to snag a few for yourself to help you remember all the details of your perfect wedding day!