Wedding programs are an important part of your wedding ceremony. They help your guests feel involved and inform them about the day’s events, bridal party, dinner menu, and any other useful information about the big day. It can also serve as a nice keepsake for years to come. Whether it be digital, on a card, or signage for all your guests to view together, there are plenty of wedding programs out there to choose from.
Narrow down your choices by finding options that work with your wedding theme while still mirroring your and your partner’s personalities and love story. For example, if you’re a couple who loves travel, find a program that’s shaped like a paper plane. If you and your partner are big nature lovers, opt for a program that uses greenery and earthy design features. Budget is also something to consider, and digital templates that you can print yourself can help you save on costs.
What to Look for When Buying Wedding Programs
There are tons of options out there. The good news is that there is bound to be one that fits your unique style and budget. A program is a memorable keepsake for your guests and it represents the two of you as a couple, so there are a few things to consider when finding your best option. While the assortment may feel daunting, we recommend starting with budget and logistics. Whether it be creating one yourself through a template online or hiring an expert artist to craft handmade cards, there’s a viable route for everyone.
Next, get creative! Let your and your fiancé’s personalities shine through with a program that will remind your guests of your love for each other as well as for your friends and family. Most importantly, double—or we should say triple—check your details and grammar. In fact, it may be a good idea to get a fresh pair of eyes to glance over it before you hit send. The last thing you’ll want to do is have to pay for another shipment over a simple mistake while worrying about it arriving on time.
A wedding program usually includes helpful information and details the couple would like to communicate to their guests. Whether it be a timeline of the day, an outline of the bridal party, religious passages, or even a “thank you” message to guests, there is a variety of ways to create a meaningful program that is personalized to you.
While they’re certainly not a requirement, wedding programs simply create a more welcoming environment for your guests. The timeline provides a better understanding of how the celebration will proceed, introduce members of the bridal party, and shows the couple’s appreciation for their attendance.
While earlier is always better, you should be ordering your wedding programs at least one to two months prior to the big day. Make sure to check the shipping timeline before ordering, as well as the return policies should anything need to be updated.
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Contributing writer Sharon Brandwein is a freelance writer with over two years of professional experience covering all things, parenting, content marketing, commerce, weddings, and relationships. Her work has appeared on sites such as USA Today, ABC News, Parents, and Bustle, in addition to her work with Brides.
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