Wedding Newsletter: Instead of one sheet of stationary, listing everyone's names and duties, create a newsletter for guests. Give detailed descriptions of the wedding participants, including where you met, funny stories and pictures of you guys having fun. Write a short paragraph about how the bridal couple met and their plans for the future. Include any special tributes to family members, song lyrics, special poems and personal details. Family, photos and childhood photos can all be added for a personal touch. Explain the rituals of your ceremony and why you chose them. Include reception directions and a map. This format will allow you to give much more detailed information and introduce all your guests to your bridal party.
Wedding Fans: Daisy Days offers customized wedding fans to use instead of a traditional program. Guests will appreciate these for a summer wedding, but they can be used during any season. Outdoor wedding guests would also find fans useful on a still summer day. You choose your lettering color, your logo design and your wording. There are more than fifteen different styles of fans to choose from. Some offer places for pictures or special tributes. You can add charms, ribbons or tassels to make your fans more personal. Hang a fan on the back of each chair for your outdoor wedding or place them in baskets on the ends of each pew.
Wedding Booklets: If you have some time before the wedding, a booklet is a neat idea. Add photos, special tributes and personal details on the pages. The front can state the bridal couple's names and the wedding date with an engagement photo as background. Check out eHow for detailed instructions with accompanying photos for folding a booklet. Ushers can pass out booklets or place them in silver urns on the guest book table.
Budget Alternatives: Any of the above-mentioned ideas can be created by the bride and groom. Craft stores offer colored sticks for handles and amazing stationary choices. Handmade papers are colorful and unique, although a bit pricey. Personalized ribbons, theme-shaped charms and pearl beads can all be added with a glue stick. A bloom, such as a silk lily, or three fall leaves, can add a seasonal flare. Graphic design software can make the layout of your program easy and you can add any information you choose.
Alternatives to wedding programs have their start in your imagination. Check out bridal magazines and wedding fairs for ideas. Jot down details you see on other wedding items to add to your wedding programs. For instance, if you love the idea of seed packets as wedding favors, use the personalization option to print basic program information. Focus on the way you receive information in your life. Even your junk mail can offer inspiration for program creativity. Regardless of the medium you choose, make sure you thank your guests for their participation in your big day.
Think of wedding programs as the starting point for a special way to communicate with friends and family. It's the personal details of a wedding that make it unique and special. Searching for alternatives to wedding programs is a sure sign your creative spirit is looking for an outlet.