Perfect Ceremony Programs

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.

wedding programs with mailbox

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.

ceremony program with image

ceremony program tall and thin

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.

kraft paper program fans

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!

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