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Choosing the Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Your guests will arrive early to your wedding to try and get the best seat possible. It also gives them plenty of time to mingle with others. A wedding is a very social activity. While your guests patiently wait for you to make your grand entrance, you want to help keep them busy. One of the first things your guest will see, besides your decorations, is your wedding programs. This gives you a chance to lay out the ceremony for your guests as well as provide pertinent information about the bride and groom as well as members of the wedding party.

You can choose to have a professional printing company do your wedding programs or make them yourself for a fraction of the cost. The following list includes some of the things you will definitely want to include in your wedding program.

Full names of the bride and groom along with birthdays

Names of each member of the wedding party

Names of the parents of the bride and groom

Order of the wedding ceremony

Song titles and performers of any music that will be performed

Name of person officiating ceremony

Date, time and place of the wedding

These are the standard portions of the program. If there is a deceased loved one, you can certainly include a small photo with a tribute to that person.

The following items are important to add as well, but are not necessarily a must if space is limited in your program.

The reception information should be added just in case you have guests who may not have brought their wedding invitation with the details.

If your wedding will include rituals that are not widely known among guests, it is a good idea to explain their meaning and why you are including it in your ceremony.

If you would like to share a special poem, include it in the program for guests to read while waiting.

A thank you message to guests for attending and the parents of the bride and groom if they have contributed to the wedding is an excellent way to express your gratitude.

There are plenty of templates available online for you to use to customize your wedding program. You can also check out places like Etsy. where you can hire somebody to create a wedding program for you. You can make as many copies as you need after you purchase the original. Paper Source is a great place to find a variety of templates that you can tailor to your wedding including a wide range of colors, designs and themes. If you need ideas, check Pintrest where you will find hundreds of programs that others have used in the past.

If you are on a tight budget, consider getting your bridal party together and having a night of arts and crafts where you make each program. You can embellish the programs with ribbons, buttons, lace, pictures or whatever you want to make each program unique. Have fun with it and your guests will be able to tell how much love and attention you put into making the programs.