It will also symbolically commemorate it in what is sure to be a scrapbook fixture. While the inner pages may also be graphically embellished and printed in customized fonts, it is less important that they are, and less likely, since the details of the text may be in revision rather late.
Many couples have their covers customized and printed with all the fixings far ahead of time, leaving the inner pages to be printed cheaply and quickly as an insert. Alternatively, if you have a template for printing the programs on your own computer, you may have one long page custom printed, with the first third as the cover, to be folded accordion-style once the additional text has been added. The other two thirds of the page may echo the cover design, perhaps by a border, or a shadow of the cover image; but it is the cover that will determine the look of the program.
Your wedding program covers double as title pages, which means that customized program covers should contain essential information about the wedding including the names of the couple and the date and location of the event. Wedding program covers will often also include a general title such as "Our Wedding" at the top. This is all the text that is required, though you may choose to include a brief quotation that has special meaning for you or your wedding. This may be a line of poetry, a song lyric, a native blessing, or an inspirational quote from a significant person or religious source.
The design of your wedding program cover will probably derive from the earliest ideas in your wedding planning: theme, colors, flowers, season, heritage, religion, and overall wedding design concept. For instance, if your decoration taste shows a decidedly Victorian flair, you may choose a Victorian portrait of a bride or a vintage looking bouquet for a cover image, and a curly calligraphic font. If the spirit of your wedding seems to be dominated by the magnificent cathedral it is taking place in, you may want to echo this with a bold gothic font and perhaps a drawing of the cathedral or of one of its windows.
If heritage plays a part in your design, a border of Celtic knot work or traditional African patterns may be the perfect embellishment. If you have a theme, such as horses, the beach, or fairytale wedding, this will easily dictate an appropriate icon. Without a theme, you still have a plethora of common wedding icons to choose from, including all manner of flowers, hearts, rings, couples, bells, and your new monogram. Less obvious icons may include fruit, leaves, and seasonal fixtures like snowflakes or sunsets.
Browse the Internet for ideas, and download images from clip-art sites such as Weddingclipart.com to include in your custom program cover's design. You can also create images with rubber stamps, wax seals, paper cutouts, photographs, or real pressed flowers or skeleton leaves. If you want to use craft items or fancy paper, the cover is the place to do it. Finally, consider the use of ribbon, lace, or tassels to bind your wedding program cover's pages together and add three-dimensional flair.
Your wedding program cover is like a mini-version of your overall wedding theme. Use customized program covers to make the statement you want, and to serve as the emblem of your wedding for years to come.