Preparing Thoughtful Wedding Programs
The times we live in call for organization and streamlining of all our activities, saving ourselves as well as others valuable time. There are two types of events where disorganization can mean major chaos, one being a company’s Annual General Meeting and the other…your wedding!
So how can we save ourselves from a once-in-a-lifetime embarrassment? By coming up with a plan to intertwine all the events and guests together in one perfect, harmonious event. That calls for learning how to pen down a wedding program.
Is Writing a Wedding Program Necessary?
Well, it’s not like a wedding will go unfulfilled without guests having to read a wedding program first, but why not save everyone the hassle? If guests know forehand what the schedule of events is, everyone is likely to participate in one way or the other, and hence, make it a lifetime memorable occasion. Everyone reads the wedding program and many guests will bring it home as a memento of the day.
So, while you are writing your wedding cards, wedding invitations and wedding vows you can start jotting down your wedding program as well.
Contents of a Wedding Program
When learning how to write a wedding program, it is important to streamline the content itself, as well as the order to put it in. Following are important areas to consider when learning how to write a wedding program
Introduction of A Wedding Program
Names, Date and Location
This goes at the top of the front or the first panel of wedding programs. A monogram is also a very popular addition to the introduction, as well as a motif, a small conceptual picture setting the introduction apart from the rest.
Order of Ceremony
This is generally the next thing after your introduction, often taking up the second panel of a traditional printed wedding program. It can be as simple as a list of the ceremony elements or so detailed it includes quite a few recitals.
Core Wedding Function
This is generally the third panel of a standard wedding program. Typically, couples include the relationship of each party member (for example, sister of the bride, friend of the couple, etc.)
Some even give attribution to everyone who helped with the ceremony, even those such as the florist! Traditional etiquette entails using the full names and personal titles of all wedding party members, but few people now actually do that.
Many couples include a thank you or closing message of appreciation to their guests at the end of their programs. Another item you can include is your new home address in case you have moved. The closing is another popular place to put a monogram or motif as a design element.
Instead of listing the core wedding function or Order of Ceremony, some couples simply include a poem, quotes or anything else they may feel important enough to include. Moreover, there is no specific order to list items in the wedding program, everything can be rearranged.
Design and Layout
Quantity of Text
The quantity of text depends on how much of each panel, listed above, do you want to fill. The best thing to do is list only important guests, usually close family members. Some wedding program design formats allow for the inclusion of extra text, so you can have more than the standard three or four panels of text.
Color & Decor
Most wedding programs are ecru or white, however, couples most often bring in their wedding colors through their ink and ribbon choices. Some also include a decorative ribbon, whilst some require a ribbon to hold the insert in place.
It is always best to use a simple block font for the list portions of the wedding program so people can easily read the names of the people, Order of Ceremony etc. If you want to incorporate more script than just the names and headings, you can use script for the titles of the wedding party and then block for the names.
Famous Love Quotes to Use in a Wedding Program
Following are some love quotes that are useful in beginning or highlighting in a wedding program.
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
Love is when you look into someone’s eyes and suddenly you go all the way inside their soul and you both know it.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Without love in a dream, it will never come true.
Love is something that grows from friendship.
You may hold my hand for awhile, but you hold my heart forever.
Nicole Louise Divino