Creating a Unique Wedding Program Booklet

I am often asked for the order of service from couples putting their wedding program booklet together. If you have the time and inclination, a wedding program, or booklet, is a nice addition to your ceremony. It can serve multiple functions. It does not have to take up a lot of your time and energy, especially if you’re handy with a computer. You can create it yourself or give the information to a designer, or a printer to put on the finishing touches.

When you think about it, simply listing the order of service encourages people to anticipate what is happening next in your ceremony, even possibly distracting them from what is happening in the present moment.

Instead, why not approach the booklet as a chance to expand, rather than simply outline?  Your program book can enhance the ceremony experience for your guests. While your guests are waiting for the ceremony to begin, they will enjoy reading it. Here are some suggestions to help you do exactly that.

Here's a creative cover!

Here's a creative cover!

– When listing the bridal party – explain who they are, your relationship with them, and even where they live. People travel far to attend weddings. You can show your appreciation of their time and effort by making mention of it.

– Use photos  – of yourself, your family and friends. Even your pet, who unfortunately, was unable to attend, but sends best wishes!

– Get creative – the program can be made to look like a theater playbill, a menu, it can be in different shapes or colors

– Explain any rituals that are being performed during the ceremony. Give historical, cultural or religious background on it, and share why it is being used.  Remember not everyone is versed in your traditions and will appreciate learning about them.

A simple, more traditional booklet is always beautiful.

A simple, more traditional booklet is always beautiful.

–  Give music credits – details on what songs or selections were played.

– If your ceremony is in a unique location – explain why you chose it.

– Readings, poems, lyrics – just as with rituals –  explain why you are using them in your ceremony, especially if there is particular story to accompany it. Or, include a poem, song lyric, or other writing that you could not fit into the ceremony.

– Anecdotes, such as how you first met, the proposal, or any story you feel you guests would enjoy, are fun to read.

– Honor departed family members with a tribute to them by using a meaningful quote with their name – explaining that they are missed today.

– For multicultural or multilingual families, have translations of the entire ceremony or selected readings.

– If children are involved in the wedding party, they can create the cover or write something special.

Possibly the most unusual program I've ever seen!

Possibly the most unusual program I've ever seen!

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