What to Write in Your Program
Knowing how much information to put in your wedding program depends on each couple’s preference. Some couples like telling their guests everything, and others want to have that moment of surprise. But whatever you decide to do, do it well!
The outside of the program or the cover should include you and your groom’s names, plus the date, time and location of the ceremony. The program should only include information about the ceremony and the reception since it will not be given to those guests until they walk into the ceremonial site.
Traditionally, the wedding ceremony should be listed inside of the program so guests may follow along. Remember, not all of your guests will be familiar with your church or religion. This is where the programs will come in handy. If there are special readings, be sure to add the name of the person reading. The same goes for the vocalists or special music contributions.
If there is room in the program, you may list the officiant’s name along with the bridal party, including the flower girl and ring bearer. This is also a great time to mention both the names of the bride and the groom’s parents.
On the back page is where you write helpful hints for the reception, such as location and address (including a map). Remind guests about the Sunday morning brunch or picnic get-together, if there is one. Thank your guests for being a part of your wedding day, and be sure to tell them how they’ve made the day so special.
If there is room in the program, you may want to remember those who have passed, like grandparents, siblings or parents. Pay special tribute to those you are truly missing but are watching over you on your special day.
You want your program to explain everything you need to say without being as long as a novel. This is just another way to set the tone for the rest of the day’s activities. Keep people informed so they know what to expect without giving away all of the surprises. Have fun with it, but keep it classy!
What have you decided to write in your program?
by Jodi Colombo, Owner of Beyond Ordinary
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