Wedding Reception Program

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If a wedding reception is jam-packed with activities, you may need to provide guests with a wedding reception program.

Programs Outline Reception Events

The reception portion of a wedding is the time when the bride and groom can show their unique style and personality. Receptions are often more celebratory than formal, and offering a program that outlines the wedding reception itinerary is helpful for guests. Programs also give a fun format for listing the names of the bridal party, officiating ministers and other wedding participants. When the party is over, guests will have an elegant take-home keepsake to remind them of memorable moments from this special day.

Unlike the official wedding stationery, namely the invitations, reception programs do not have to cost a lot or be too complicated. Assign ushers or servers the task of handing out programs to guests as they arrive at the reception. Keep a program tucked safely aside for the bride and groom, too.

Example Itineraries for Wedding Reception Programs

While receptions often feature many of the same activities, the order in which they occur often varies. If you plan to incorporate something unique into your reception, such as a wedding reception game, it is helpful to see examples of how to plan the itinerary that ends up in the program.

Example #1

  • Receiving guests
  • Father of the bride speech
  • Best man speech
  • Matron of honor speech
  • Reception dinner
  • Cutting the cake
  • First dance
  • Cocktail hour
  • Karaoke hour
  • The send off

Example #2

  • Welcome the new couple
  • First dance
  • Reception dinner
  • Cutting the cake
  • Cocktail hour
  • Speeches
  • Fireworks display
  • The send off

What Else to Include

Besides printing an itinerary of what to expect at the wedding reception, the program will allow the bride and groom to thank guests and family members. Other things you may wish to add to the program are as follows:

  • Romantic quotes
  • Inspirational message
  • Words of wisdom from the fathers of the bride and groom
  • Special prayers
  • Formal thank you's
  • Song dedications
  • The couple's new address
  • Wedding couple photos
  • The names of wedding participants
  • A timeline of events including cutting the cake, fireworks or throwing rice

Making a Program

To make wedding reception programs, you will need a reliable printer and regular letter sized paper. To keep things simple, use a program template that allows you to fill in the blanks and print. You might select bi-fold, tri-fold or card-style program paper.

To start, you may wish to start with one printed program to be sure everything looks good and prints properly. Add the appropriate wedding clipart in keeping with the theme of the wedding. For example, for a beach wedding you may include graphics of seashells or swimming dolphins. If the wedding is more traditional, use images of doves, Roman columns or wedding bells.

All your wedding stationary should match. This includes every selection from shower invites to wedding invitations to the programs.

If you don't want the task of designing and printing the programs hire a professional. Wedding printers, online stationary retailers and even office supply stores have a wide variety of program choices at different prices. This can save you time and money, and may even garner you a discount on your other stationary needs due to the volume of purchases you make from the particular printer.

Perfect Program TIps

In years to come, the keepsakes from a wedding like the wedding reception program will stir fond memories. Take plenty of time and care to create the right program for the new couple. Avoid using complicated fonts that are difficult for everyone to read. As a precaution, allow the wedding coordinator or the bride to review the program before printing out a large number. It is always good to have a second pair of eyes to catch misspelled names or inaccurate information.

Wedding Reception Program