Q: Besides information about the ceremony, what else should I include in my wedding programs?

A: These nifty handouts are a great place to really express yourself on your wedding day. Start by giving guests a detailed outline of what will happen during the ceremony. If your ceremony includes readings, prayers, poems or songs, print the words in your programs so guests can follow along. Also, make a note of the special meanings these poems and readings have for you and your sweetie. The next must-have for your program is a who's who list. This section is devoted to telling guests about your wedding party, your family and anyone else attending who deserves an honorable mention. Don't be afraid to get a little mushy here and let these special folks know what they mean to you.

Writing your own vows? Include them in the wedding program, too. When you're up there opening your hearts to each other, chances are the folks in the back of the church won't be able to hear what you're saying. Your program is also the perfect place to remember a deceased relative. Consider adding a picture of your loved one to make your tribute even more special. Finally, other ideas for your program might include a brief summary of how you and your fiancé met, how he proposed or a funny story that happened during the course of planning your wedding.

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