When planning a wedding, it's important to remember to create a wedding program. Wedding programs list events and help guests stay on track during the wedding ceremony. It is also a good place to mention people involved in the wedding and thank friends and family for their help along the way.
One of the first important decisions when picking a layout for your program is to decide how it will look. Some programs are folded in half, whereas others have a tri-fold like a brochure. Many programs don't have any folds and feature several pieces of paper neatly held together with a ribbon or other embellishment. Other wedding programs are bound like books. If fewer details are included, programs may be smaller or shorter, whereas a longer program require more paper and design work to fit everything in.
If printing the programs at home, visit an office supply or paper store to pick out a good paper for the program. Many stores have program paper or stationery especially designed for weddings. If the programs are being professionally printed, ask for paper samples. Another option is to design the program yourself and take it to a print shop. Ask the person printing the programs for specifications about what kind of paper work in their printers. Always print out a test program first to make sure everything turns out the desired way instead of getting 100 printed and then finding the ink didn't line up right.
Choose a paper color that compliments the wedding colors. If a colorful program isn't wanted, white and ivory are appropriate colors that match any wedding palette. A thicker paper works better for wedding programs, giving them stability, helping them last longer and offering a more professional heir for a formal wedding. If the program is to be bound like a book, it may be appropriate to have the thicker paper for the cover and back instead of on every page.
The bride and groom's names and wedding date should appear on the front or top of the wedding program. The location of the wedding also may be included. Next, the ceremony order should appear. Include any musical pieces, readings, exchanging of vows and rings, lighting of the unity candle and any other event that occurs during the ceremony. After this segment, it is appropriate to list the names of those in the wedding party—parents, the officiant, musicians, ushers and anyone else who was a part of the ceremony. Some couples include thank you notes to those who helped them plan the wedding and to the guests for attending. If there are any unusual traditions or customs incorporated into the wedding that needs explaining, the program is a good place to do this. Include directions at the end of the program if the reception is to be held in a different location.
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