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Friday, May 9, 2014

Are Wedding Programs Necessary for Guests?

Filed under: Wedding Programs,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Some say, “Yes,” some say, “No.”

If you are on a tight budget, it may be something you may want to cut. Those who are short on time or money may wish to forgo this option, but remember that a simple wedding program doesn’t use much time or money.

WedProgram2“Your first step is to decide its style and your budget. You can choose from a variety of layouts, everything from a tri-fold (i.e., brochure design), a large piece of card stock, or one of many styles offered in stationary catalogues. The type of paper, card stock, print colors, number of colors and quantity will define the price.” ~ Hudson Valley Weddings

A program is fairly easy to create and doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. It’s similar to a playbill at a theater. Wedding programs can come in various designs, shapes and colors! They are one of those little details that may be small but which add a lot to any wedding. Wedding programs help guests feel included and understand what is happening.

They often introduce the bridal party, post the date, time and place of the wedding, say “thank you” to certain people, honor someone who has died, list the parents and grandparents, the minister or wedding officiant’s name, any special traditions, explain cultural or religious ceremony customs, and list the order of events. Some list the names of your musicians, soloists or readers.

They list what will happen during the ceremony, including processional music, greeting, readings, prayers, exchange of vows, ring ceremony, unity candle ceremony or sand ceremony, pronouncement of marriage, recessional music, and any other ceremony music. You might add any special instructions, “Please remain seated for a group photo,” or “Please join us for the reception immediately following the ceremony.” You can add directions from the ceremony to the reception if different from the ceremony site.

Some programs list a brief explanation of how the bride and groom met, and the proposal story. Recently a bride and groom listed the lyrics to their first dance song and why it was chosen. Some contain a photo of the bride and groom. One couple scattered love quotes throughout the program and another thoughtfully added the couple’s new address. Brides are thinking up creative ways to personalize them and make them very special for their guests’ enjoyment. What you wish to include is entirely up to you.

WedProgramIn Arizona fans that have program information on them are “hot” and serve a duel purpose especially when the temperatures make guests feel a little uncomfortable.

Most place a copy of the program on every seat at the wedding venue, hand them to guests as they file into the ceremony area, designate someone to hand out the programs.

Remember to verify a reasonable time schedule with your printer. Also order a few extras for keepsakes as well as to mail to people who could not attend.

Although not required, programs are a thoughtful gesture and souvenir for your guests. Weddings are often part family reunion and part family introduction, especially for out-of-town guests. Guests tell me they help to keep the entire day more organized and understandable.

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