Your wedding program (also called The
Order of Worship in some ceremonies) is a little personalized guidebook for your
guests. It will serve the same purpose as a program at a theatre play, informing
guests of what is happening at any given moment. The style, colors and wording
of the program all help set the stage for your ceremony.
Programs can be custom printed by the same company that makes your wedding
invitations, or they can be printed out on a home computer. If you choose to
make your own programs, select a sturdy paper that is compatible with your
printer. Some ink jet printers and laser printers require a special grade of
paper in order to prevent the dyes from running and the paper from bending. Look
for programs that have a pre-printed picture on the front that matches the theme
of your wedding. They will be blank on the inside, and are ready for you to get
creative with your wording! These papers are usually sold in Church supply
Programs can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. Some Churches require a
certain order to the ceremony, and your program must include whatever your
Church deems necessary. Talk with someone at your Church who is familiar with
wedding programs and ask what is acceptable and/or required.
You may want to make a miniature “book” that lists every last detail, from the
name of the florist down to every lyric in each piece of music played at your
wedding. This is fine if you want it, but certainly not something you should
feel obligated to do. The basic program might look something like this:
Prelude (music played as your guests are being seated; usually 3 or 4 songs
played back to back)
Processional (bridal party music, then music that the bride walks down the aisle
Rites of marriage
Exchange of vows
Blessing of Rings
Lighting of Unity Candle
Obviously, this is a very brief list, and only a very basic idea of what to
include. Personalize the program with your specific musical choices, and on the
back of the program list the names of the people in the wedding party,
directions to the reception, and a public “Thank You” to all of your guests.
Choose a letter font style that is elegant and easy to read. Allow for a few
“errors” and have extra program paper available. You may wish to print a
“practice run” using blank paper until you have selected what you want.
Experimentation is the key to creating a lovely program!
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