32 Wedding Ceremony Programs You'll Love

Introduce the style of your wedding — not to mention your wedding party! — with creative ceremony programs

Updated 10/23/14

Nancy Ray Photography

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.

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Draw A Picture

Moss + Isaac

This custom illustrated program, complete with an adorable drawing of the couple and their attendants, feels equal parts formal and playful.

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Stick With Neutrals

Rebecca Arthurs Photography

This monochromatic program, in shades of barely-there blush and neutral nudes, from Julie Song Ink perfectly suits this couples classic, romantic wedding day.

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Play With Watercolors

Maxwell Monty

Playful watercolors and relaxed brushstroke details are hugely popular amongst brides-to-be. This couple incorporated both in their colorful fan programs!

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Keep Guests Cool

13:13 Photography

A simple heart-shaped paper fan is a playful take on the traditional ceremony program. Guests will keep cool while staying informed about your big day festivities, plus they're an easy DIY project.

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Share Some Fun Facts

Michelle Lange

Play with space on your program, and feel free to add more than just your wedding events. This couple made stationery with tons of detail, including lots of fun facts about the bride and groom.

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Include Your Four-Legged Friends

Danfredo Photos and Film

Including your four-legged friends in your wedding day shouldn't be overlooked. Hello, Bird created these geometrical programs with whimsical painted details and playful fonts.

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Stick To Your Color Palette

Brklyn View Photography

If you're planning to use just a few main colors for your wedding décor, consider tying them into your programs, too. This blue-and-orange option from Wide Eyes Paper complements this rustic fall bash.

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Make A Statement

Kallima Photography

Consider going big — really big — for a statement-making program. This giant chalkboard, with hand-calligraphed writing, is fit for any type of ceremony.

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Two For One

Chaz Cruz Photographer

Flags double as escort cards and ceremony programs at this wedding. Bonus: They make for an adorable recessional since your family and friends can happily wave them as you're pronounced husband and wife!

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Consider A Trifold

Diamond Eyes

If you're looking to include a lot of detail on your programs, use a trifold like this option from The Clever Co. It allows your guests to focus on just one piece of information at a time.

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Use Humor

Altmix Photography

Don't feel pressure to be overly formal with your programs if you're planning a more casual ceremony. This couple included a funny little explanation of their chuppah for guests that weren't familiar with the Jewish tradition.

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Keep It Simple

B. Schwartz Photography

If you love the look of cohesive stationery throughout your wedding, find a simple style that translates well across the board—this couple included a floral motif in their invitations, programs, and menu cards created by Aubrey Rasmussen.

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Make A Fan

Christian Oth Studio

Watercolor program fans from Cherry On Top Events perfectly complement this couple's romantic blue-and-white invitation suite.

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Go Oversized

Diamond Eyes

Not every guest needs a personal program. Consider oversized chalkboards to display near the entrance to your ceremony so guests can take a look before finding a seat.

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Think Preppy

Emily Wren Photography

No nautical bash is complete without preppy navy-and-white details! Think mini lighthouses or rope-inspired writing.

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Complement the Outdoors

EB + JC Photography

Throwing an outdoor wedding? Consider something like this floral program. The girly design is offset with sleek black text—making it traditional and modern.

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Go Rustic

J Wiley Photography

This rustic program from MaKenzie Noelle Creative covers everything. From a breakdown of the bridal party to a quick mention of parents and grandparents, there's nothing left untold!

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Make A Display

Jamie Clayton

With custom calligraphy and a lacquered white frame, this gorgeous mirror display informs guests about the proceedings in a dazzling way.

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Make Two

Joielala Photographie

This two-piece ceremony program by Meg Shaw proves how elegant simple text can look. A gauzy banner with the couple's monogram is affixed to a Kraft paper program for a picture-perfect finish.

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Store Your Favors

Whitebox Photo

Want to keep guests comfortable during your ceremony? Stash sunglasses in printed program bags, like this option from Mia Maria Design.

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Keep It Understated

Kate Headley

If you favor the elegant and refined look, you'll love these understated programs from Paper Tangent. Trendy gold foil details and crisp black text make this style a winner for a traditional couple.

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Transform A Door

Marcie Meredith Photography

A piece of a vintage door is transformed into a shabby-chic chalkboard.

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Reflect Your Ceremony Space

Michele Hart Photography

Your programs can be reflective of your unique ceremony space. For this couple's Colorado "I dos" a simple drawing of rolling green hills accents their classic type.

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Make A Package

LH Photography

Tri-fold programs from Eleven Note, complete with hand-painted details, were packaged with lavender sprigs for this romantic outdoor wedding.

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Make It Colorful

She Wanders

This colorful program from Linda Jean Design details not only the couple's ceremony proceedings, but also their love story, including some funny details — like the bride found "the one" after trying on 12 dresses — for guests to enjoy.

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Go For Handmade Vibes

onelove Photography

These simple programs from Lovely Little Details give off a cool, handmade vibe.

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Print A Bag

Courtesy of RISEbridal

Custom printed program bags from RISEbridal double as a great petal or rice toss holder.

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Pin It To The Seat

Kyle and Vanessa Photography

Fearful your guests won't remember to pick up your pretty programs? Clothespin them to their seats! Michelle Goltiao created these simple ombré programs that detailed the ceremony events.

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Go For Elegance

Christian Oth Studio

This simple black-and-white card program from Minted is perfect for an elegant wedding ceremony. Keep it sleek with just two colors and fonts, or consider adding a pop of color for something bolder.

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Say Thank You

Erin Lindsey Images

This couple included a quick thank you and a few fun facts on their program from Salt & Paperie to keep their friends and family entertained while they waited for the wedding to begin.

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Make A Six-Card Fan

BrittRene Photo

Think beyond just a single program card. This couple created a six-card fan, with each piece covering an aspect of their big day.

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Play With Fonts

Yanman Photography

These rustic paper bag ceremony programs from Luc & Lilah Events are perfect for a laid-back bash. Playful fonts and black type keep the look simple and fresh, plus the baggies can be filled with favors at the end of the evening.

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