A wedding program is the first opportunity to convey your wedding style to guests. It's also the perfect way to formally announce your wedding party, explain any traditions, 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.
With destination weddings and multi-day festivities, wedding ceremony programs have grown in popularity. 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. Consider selecting a program 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 with these 40 unique ideas for wedding ceremony programs.
Quench your guests' thirst with these clever, bottle-tag ceremony programs–simply slip in your beverage of choice. We love the addition of the festive (and eco-friendly) paper straw. Place the programs on each seat or display them on a welcome table.
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Bring On the Brushstrokes
Pastel watercolors and relaxed brushstroke details are super popular amongst to-be-weds. This couple incorporated both in their colorful fan programs. Such a beautiful way to set the tone for the rest of the day's festivities.
Contain the Confetti
Nothing screams "fun" more than these vellum, confetti-stuffed programs. Fill them with your choice of confetti, or try to match the contents to your wedding theme and colors. The resulting photos of your grand departure under a confetti-streaked sky are sure to be spectacular.
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Ask your venue if they allow for a confetti toss beforehand. Some vendors prefer that biodegradable materials be used instead—flower petals or bird feed are a good alternative for this.
Incorporate an Infographic
Infographic wedding programs pack a serious punch. Break down interesting facts by the numbers including how many guests are in attendance and how many days you've been engaged. This downloadable template allows you to customize with your own information.
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Raise a Flag
Flags can double as both escort cards and ceremony programs. Plus, they add a whimsical touch to the atmosphere. These babies even make for an adorable recessional since your family and friends can happily wave them after you're pronounced officially wed.
Build a Book
Minibooks allow you plenty of space to share every important detail with your guests. Include a thank you page at the end to let friends and family know how much they mean to you. These 7" x 5" program books feature a soft cotton texture for a luxe feel.
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Inject a Little Humor
Don't feel pressured to be overly formal with your programs if you're planning a ceremony that errs on the casual. This couple included a funny little explanation of their chuppah for guests that weren't familiar with the Jewish tradition. The patch doubles as a fun little keepsake, too.
Aim for Artsy
These dreamy, watercolor program fans would perfectly complement a romantic blue-and-white invitation suite. Print your wedding program on one side and adorn the other side with beautiful artwork—you can even commission something special for the day. Bonus: The paddle fan design allows guests to keep themselves cool at alfresco weddings.
Repurpose an Old Mirror
With custom calligraphy and a lacquered white frame, this gorgeous mirror display informs guests about the proceedings in a dazzling way. Scour flea markets and thrift shops for an affordable vintage mirror you can easily DIY. You can write on it yourself or have a custom decal made with all of the necessary info.
Include an Overlay
This two-piece ceremony program proves how elegant simple text can look. A rustic linen pennant with the couple's monogram is affixed to the kraft paper program for a picture-perfect finish. This offers a prime opportunity for mixing in some texture and customizing it to the wedding style and theme.
Use a Popcorn Box
Who could possibly resist a snack, exit toss, and program all wrapped up in one? Just be sure to remind your snack-loving guests to save a few popped kernels for the toss! We're loving these popcorn boxes with custom illustrations of the bride and groom.
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Fearful your guests won't remember to pick up your pretty programs? Keep things hands-free by fixing one to each seat with a clothespin. These simple ombré programs provide a concise breakdown of the days events without getting too wordy. The state outlines are a sweet ode to the couple's origins.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Your wedding will be front-page news with these wedding programs. Pair the programs with mini pencils so everyone can have fun filling out the personalized crossword puzzle. We're especially loving the illustrated map of where guests have traveled from.
Shed Light on Your Traditions
If your guests aren't familiar with the cultural and religious traditions taking place throughout the day, these ceremony programs are the perfect way to give them a crash course in what to expect. Illustrations, pronunciations, and definitions provide a step-by-step guide to the ceremony.
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Honor Your Themed Location
If you're getting married at a popular vacation destination such as Disney World, model your wedding programs after the park brochures. Include maps and color coding for the different events throughout the day. These programs are completely customizable from colors to photos to content.
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