Elegant Black-and-White Program Fan

Traditionally, couples use a wedding ceremony program to inform guests of the course of events. And while they're entirely optional, a program can be a wonderful addition to your big day when done right.

Coming up with a fresh design for your program may not feel like an important detail to add to your to-do list when you already have so many wedding-planning tasks to juggle, but it's time to give a little more thought to it. Not only is it the first opportunity to convey your wedding style to your guests, it's also the perfect opportunity to formally announce your wedding party, explain any traditions (like a group prayer or a translation of cultural vows), and to make requests of your guests (no photos, please!). Plus, it offers you a chance to thank your friends and family for joining you at your wedding, call out any amazing vendors, and generally keep your loved ones informed about the big-day proceedings.

They can serve as a seriously stylish piece of wedding décor, too. Consider selecting a style that corresponds with your invites or dream up something new and exciting just for the ceremony. From classic paper programs to more creative options like fans, mirrors, and flags, the options are endless when it comes to this wedding detail.

Get inspired by clicking through to see 33 unique ideas for your wedding ceremony program!

At left: This super simple (yet super elegant!) fan program from Scotti Cline Designs is fit for a modern, elegant ceremony.

Photo: Nancy Ray Photography

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