For a lot of brides, what to include in the ceremony program is somewhat of a mystery. I get a lot of clients asking what they should or should not include in their wedding day programs. I always tell couples that they can basically include whatever they wish, with as little or as much information as they deem necessary.
The following is a basic guideline of what to include in your wedding program:
Parents of the Bride
Parents of the Groom
Grandparents of the Bride
Grandparents of the Groom
Maid of Honor
Flower Girls/Ring Bearers
You would typically get this timeline from your officiant, as each ceremony is a little bit different. Here is an example:
Prelude (list music if you wish - see pre-ceremony playlist)
Seating of Mothers
Processional (list music if you wish – see wedding processional song ideas)
Exchange of Rings
Recessional (list music if you wish - see wedding recessional songs)
Typically only a few sentences, this is a note of thanks written to your guests, usually thanking them for coming and celebrating with you.
If you’re having any religious ceremonies, or other special ceremonies at your ceremony, you might want to explain what they mean, or the purpose of them. This is an option, but certainly not necessary if you’re limited on space.
It’s always nice to list dedications to any special people who have since passed on, or those loved ones that could not be with you on your special day. Simply listing their names and a message such as “We would also like to acknowledge [insert name], who could not be here to share in our special day, but remains in our hearts and thoughts”.
Another fun addition to include – if you have a lot of space to take up on the program – is how long you have known each person in your bridal party. You can also list how you met each member, if you have the space.
There are many different types of wedding programs available. Traditionally, wedding programs were a folded sheet of paper, perhaps with a ribbon along the spine of the fold. These days, brides are opting for more unique options. Below are four popular choices:
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