Wedding bulletins, or programs, are becoming commonplace at wedding ceremonies. Distributed before the ceremony, the bulletin gives guests a snapshot of what to expect and can make them feel a part of the wedding. Whether a wedding is trendy or traditional, simple or extravagant, the program can be tailored to fit any style and is a keepsake that will last long after the "I do"s are sealed with a kiss. Though specific wedding bulletin wording is unique to each couple, there is some fundamental information that should be included.
List the wedding day particulars. A wedding bulletin should begin with the names of the bride and groom followed by the date of the marriage. Depending on bulletin space and personal preference, the specific locale, city and state of the wedding may also be included.
Acknowledge the wedding party. List each member of the wedding party, members' role in the celebration and their relationship to the bride and groom. Is maid of honor Jane Smith a cousin of the bride or a sister of the groom? Be succinct. Though some couples use this section to recognize the immediate wedding party only, it is not uncommon to include parents and grandparents, officiants, musicians and readers. Because guests will use the program to identify key players, it is customary to list the wedding party in the order they will appear in the ceremony.
Outline the ceremony. If you are having a short, informal wedding, ceremony information is not necessary. If you are having a formal, religious ceremony, however, it will be helpful to guests that do not share your religion. Confer with your officiant for the precise order of the ceremony. List all parts of the ceremony so guests can follow along. Be specific. Include titles and composers of musical selections, names of any poems and cites of any Bible verses. If you have any special family or religious traditions guests may be unfamiliar with, include a brief description.
Say thank you. Your wedding guests have taken time out of busy schedules to witness your nuptials. Some may have traveled great distances. A simple, heartfelt sentence or two thanking them for being with you on your special day will let them know how much their presence is appreciated. It is also appropriate to give a special thank you to your parents for their continued love and support.
Pay tribute to deceased loved ones. If you choose to honor close friends and family who have passed on, try to honor their memories without casting a pall over your joyous occasion. A listing of the deceased or a sentence dedicated to the memory of those not with you on your special day, followed by a short poem, will allow you to share your day with those living only in your hearts.