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.
Stick With Neutrals
This monochromatic program, in shades of barely-there blush and neutral nudes, from Julie Song Ink perfectly suits this couples classic, romantic wedding day.
Include Your Four-Legged Friends
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.
Stick To Your Color Palette
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.
Consider A Trifold
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.
Make A Fan
Watercolor program fans from Cherry On Top Events perfectly complement this couple's romantic blue-and-white invitation suite.
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!
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.
Store Your Favors
Want to keep guests comfortable during your ceremony? Stash sunglasses in printed program bags, like this option from Mia Maria Design.
Keep It Understated
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.
Make A Package
Tri-fold programs from Eleven Note, complete with hand-painted details, were packaged with lavender sprigs for this romantic outdoor wedding.
Make It Colorful
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.
Go For Handmade Vibes
These simple programs from Lovely Little Details give off a cool, handmade vibe.
Print A Bag
Custom printed program bags from RISEbridal double as a great petal or rice toss holder.
Go For Elegance
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.
Say Thank You
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.