While having a ceremony program isn’t mandatory, it’s a nice way to introduce your family members and wedding party to your guests, plus explain the sequence of your ceremony. If you do choose to create a ceremony program, you can be as straightforward or creative as you like. Here are some of the most popular ideas:
Board: Instead of having a paper program, many couples are creating large boards (often chalkboards) featuring all of the pertinent ceremony information. The pros: This is a major paper saver and you won’t hear the constant turning of pages during your ceremony. The cons: Your guests won’t be able to take your program home as a keepsake.
Pamphlet or Booklet: The most common program format. You’ll be able to feature as much (or as little) information as you’d like and it makes a nice take-home for your guests.
Fan: Fun and functional, these programs work best at warm-weather, outdoor wedding ceremonies. It’ll help your guests stay cool, but be ready to hear the constant flapping of fans during your ceremony.
Something Different: We’ve seen a wide variety of unique programs, from vintage-inspired newspapers (see above), to nostalgic cootie-catchers, to passport-style booklets.
Are you doing something creative with your ceremony program? Let us know in the comments!
We’re still at it, sports fans! In celebration of the Olympics, we’ve shared silver and gold bridesmaid dresses, wedding dresses, and cakes, and to close out the week we’re featuring silver and gold wedding stationery. So after seeing all of this metallic wedding inspiration over the past week, tell us:
When it comes time to select wedding stationery, it can be tough to determine which items you truly need and which ones may be potential budget busters. As with any other wedding purchase, the cost of your wedding stationery suite can quickly add up! In working with our customers, we find the line between what a bride needs and doesn’t need varies widely, depending on a variety of different factors surrounding her event. Size? Location? Formality? … each of these factors plays a role in what wedding stationery is appropriate.
To be budget-savvy, it’s wise to know in advance of your purchase which stationery items will best suit your particular event. Here’s part one of our tutorial on how to know what you need – and what you don’t! – when you’re buying wedding stationery.
1) Wedding Invitation (and envelope!): Unless you’re going completely paper-free, you’re going to need a wedding invitation! The most basic set includes a single sheet of paper with the “who, what, when, where” and an envelope (or envelope set) for mailing.
2) Reply Card (and envelope) or Reply Postcard: While traditionally guests knew to reply to a wedding invitation (on their own stationery!) within three days of receiving the invite, these days you stand a much better chance of determining an accurate headcount if you make it easy for guests to reply. We consider a reply card such a key piece of the wedding invitation package, that we always include one with our invitation orders.
"Hydrangea Wedding Program," from The Green Kangaroo
One of the first things on most wedding planning timelines is choosing wedding stationery, including save-the-dates and invitations – and with good reason! Not only can it take some time to browse the seemingly endless stationery choices, but once you’ve selected your invites, you must then consider the time required for:
Your vendor to customize your design with your specific event details
You to review, correct, and approve your proofs
Printing (especially if your vendor works with an outside print house)
And of course, once you’ve finally received the invitations, they must be addressed and mailed, allowing guests plenty of time to respond
Over the weekend, we spent some time finishing the assembly of one of our last craft projects for the wedding….the programs!!! We’ve actually been working on it for the past week little by little and it’s so much fun to see it all come together! Let me try to recap, what we did to put our little guidebook together.