Get with the (Wedding) Program

Have you ever considered making programs for your wedding guests? If not, think again and get creative.



When planning for a wedding, you typically run down a standard checklist: budget, wedding party, guest list, venue, dress, entertainment, caterer and more. One item that often gets left at the end is the program. But if done the right way, a program can be a fun and personalized addition to help your guests navigate your day. We spoke to three couples about why they chose to incorporate a program at all and what they chose to feature.



Rituals in Writing

For Emily Mallit and Michael Kryger, who wed on Oct. 10, 2015, a program was the perfect way to explain the various rituals in their Jewish wedding.

“Many people at our wedding were not Jewish, so describing various aspects of the rituals hopefully allowed all of the guests to understand and enjoy the wedding more,” says Mallit. For the explanation of the Jewish rituals, the couple found inspiration in other programs to determine their own interpretation.

Mallit believes that the programs also “made for some good reading while guests waiting for the ceremony to begin and a nice keepsake to take home.” The couple chose a two-sided sheet of cardstock folded in half as their program. They also used the same fonts that were used on other paper items throughout their wedding.



Giving Thanks

Megan Eaton and Jordan Hinds, who wed on Sept. 4, 2015, found that wedding programs were an asset to their guests and a great way to thank the people who helped make their wedding possible.

“First, I think it’s nice to let everyone know exactly who is involved in the wedding they are watching unfold before them,” says Eaton. “Bridesmaids, the priest, the guitarists, all VIP deserving of a shout out. Secondly, I think it helps to give people an idea of what is to come.”

Eaton’s matron of honor, Angelina Maynard, is an invitation designer. Maynard helped to make Eaton’s program and the rest of the paper products, including the save the dates, invitations, menus and place cards, to keep everything consistent.

Eaton decided on a two-sided “rack card” style program rather than a pamphlet. The program was on pearlized cardstock with a piece of dark charcoal grey paper in between as a border.

The programs also tied in nicely with the couple’s “How I Met Your Mother”-themed wedding, designed with a quote from the show at the bottom of the program that read, “There are two big days in any love story: the day you meet the girl of your dreams … and the day you marry her.”


For the Love of Art

Adrienne Klein and Bryan Stewart, who wed on Oct. 3, 2015, chose to use their program as a way to introduce one another to the other’s friends and family and make sure that all guests were on the same page.

“Our family and friends are scattered across the U.S., so our wedding was the first time some people were meeting one another,” says Klein. “The program was a nice way to lay out the flow of the evening and who was involved so everyone was in the know.”

The couple decided on a simple bookmark-style program over a pamphlet. Klein loves to paint, so she designed the row of delicate pink watercolor flowers that ran across the top of the program.

“We wanted the program to feel personal, plus the watercolor artwork tied in nicely — our wedding was at the Carnegie Museum of Art,” she says.


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