Designing Your ProgramsJust as you did with your invitations, the first thing you will want to consider is what elements you would like to see in your wedding programs. This is another spot where colors and themes you have chosen for your big day will come into play. Is your wedding playful and colorful? If so, you may want to choose bright bold colors and a fun font to decorate your programs. But if you are keeping things sophisticated, then muted colors and fancy writing will be the best options for your design.
This is also another spot where you will want to consider the type of paper you are seeking. Are you looking to have a sheer, lightweight look to your program? If so, choose a single sheet, floral-pressed paper. Earthy brides and grooms will want to stick with a heavier, recycled paper with natural colors and accents that emphasize Ohio's fall and spring seasons.
You may also want to purchase a DIY kit and put the programs together at home. These kits come complete with the papers, decorations, ribbons and other accessories you need. When designing your programs at home, you may also want to consider using your computer. Many computer programs are home to a bevy of template and font choices for you to mix and match.
What to Include in the ProgramsA bride and groom can, of course, make their programs unique to their personal styles, but there are a few items that most programs include that they may want to consider adding during the design process, including:
- The brief and groom's full names, date of the wedding, and, perhaps, even the city and state where the big day will be held.
- Some couple's programs will include short paragraphs about each of their wedding party members that explain who they are and why they were chosen as members of their wedding party.
- The order in which the ceremony music will be arranged, including the name of the song or orchestrated piece, and the composer and/or singer.
- Names of people who will be reading during the ceremony, their relationships to the bride and groom, and the titles of pieces from which they will be reading.
- Thank you notes to the bride and groom's parents.
- Notes in memorial of loved ones who have passed away.
- Special poems or quotes that are important to the bride and groom.