What Goes in the Wedding Program?

A program of the wedding ceremony provides an order of service and can include other information related to the marriage, including stories of the couple's relationship or their friendships with the wedding party.

What Goes in the Wedding Program?
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Overview
A wedding program is an easy, inexpensive way for a marrying couple to let their guests know myriad information about their ceremony, wedding party and history. While there is no set rule on what goes into a wedding program, there are guidelines that can help you decide what's right for you.
Features
A wedding program often includes the following information: Names of the couple and their parents, and everyone else in the ceremony; date and location of the ceremony and reception; rundown of events; title of songs played during the ceremony as well as names of musicians playing (if applicable); and, though less commonly, a history of how the bride and groom met.
Significance
A wedding program helps guests understand the ceremony they are about to witness. It is like a Broadway show Playbill so they have a good idea of what to expect and when.
Types
Wedding programs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A traditional program is a folded sheet of standard-size printing paper in a color matching the wedding theme.
Considerations
Though programs might seem like a waste of time, especially if you think most of the guests will know the information included, they're a nice and easy way to acknowledge all the people who helped create your special day.
Benefits
Providing guests with a program gives them an easy timetable to figure out what's going on when. This is especially useful to guests with small children or those who might have to make a phone call as they will be able to assess from the program how long they will be expected to stay seated.
Resources
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Essential Elements of a Wedding Program
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Wedding Program Templates