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Ceremony 101: Wedding Programs

There’s no rule saying you have to have wedding programs, but guests find them handy and informative. If you opt to create a program, what should you include? Here are some common things included in wedding programs:

  • Your names, date, and ceremony location
  • Order of service, including the titles of readings
  • The names of people participating in the service, including the officiant, musicians, and readers
  • The names of the bridal party and ushers (and how they’re connected to you)
  • Your parents’ names (some even include grandparents)
  • Explanations of unusual or unique traditions or aspects of your ceremony
  • Information about the musical pieces played or performed
  • Directions to the reception (if it’s in a different location)

Most wedding programs are a standard-size piece of paper folded in half. You can do it yourself or work with a printer to create your program.

But don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Have fun with the wording and fonts (just make the bulk of the text in a readable font), and don’t feel limited by a piece of paper. Programs printed on hand fans are popular for summer and beach weddings, or you can have your program printed on cardstock.

Ushers should hand a program to each guest as they’re seated, or you can place one on each chair. Be sure to set aside programs for yourself, your parents, and your grandparents; you’re all going to want them as a keepsake.