Types of Wedding Programs
A wedding program is an essential part of a wedding ceremony. It lets the guests know what to expect and if their participation is required at any point in the ceremony. It outlines the order of service and often identifies the bridal party, too. When couples start thinking about their program, they have a lot of options to choose amongst.
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Folder Style Programs
Couples who want to create a special memento for their guests might turn their wedding program into a large folder. A sharp black folio covers the program pages, while printed paper or fabric with a ribbon add color and theme to the style. With a large folder program you can include additional information, such as copies of the readings and the meaning behind the bride's "something old, new, borrowed, and blue."
Couples who choose to host a country, rustic, or western wedding will want to match their programs to their style. This Old West Program Fan by Invitations by Dawn features silhouettes of cowboys on horses with a font that replicates that used on former "Wanted" posters. The more you order, the lower the price per program is; get 72 of these fan programs for around $110.
Weddings with a lot of sparkle should have programs to match. Couples can add a hint of luxury to their programs by choosing the Monogram Rhinestone Wedding Fan with Optional Program from Hanson Ellis. This lovely program comes in your choice of eight accent colors and has a large rhinestone-covered initial in the center. Get these programs for under $3 each.
Brides and grooms who want a traditional or themed feel to their programs may choose to roll them up like scrolls. This is especially fitting for Renaissance, fairytale, pirate, or historically themed weddings. Print a short program on ivory parchment paper and roll into a scroll. Tie a color-coordinated ribbon that matches your wedding colors around the scroll to hold it closed.
Contemporary Trifold Programs
Trifold programs offer a slim look with a unique accordian-style fold. These are good programs to choose for a modern or formal wedding. This Wilton kit makes it easy to create your own trifold program at home, with the fold marks clearly outlined. It retails for under $15 for 50 programs through Amazon.
Couples getting married in a minimalist urban space, like an old factory or warehouse, might want that atmosphere to be reflected in their program. Wedding Worx from 123Print has a program design in shades of blue with mechanical gears. Pricing starts around $45 for 25 programs.
Couples who met while young often want their wedding to reflect their years together. Choose a program that features two children in an innocent kiss to show your shared history. The Sweethearts Wedding Program from Ann's Bridal Bargains is a good choice for brides and grooms who have known each other for years. Each package features 50 sheets for under $13.
Brides and grooms who have children together or from previous relationships often want them to be a big part of their wedding day. A lovely program option for this type of ceremony would be the Family Trees program from 123Print. The two trees coming together is an excellent graphic choice. Pricing starts at around $45 for 25 programs.
Brides who have met their Prince Charming often plan a fairytale wedding. Whether they go all out with a Cinderella or princess theme or choose to host their wedding in a castle, the program should match the theme. The Happily Ever After Program from Ann's Bridal Bargains features a castle sketch that looks elegant instead of over-the-top. Price varies by quantity; pick up 100 for under $70.
Brides and grooms who choose to get married in a religious ceremony may want to reflect the holiness of the day, along with their faith. Christian couples will find the Pearl Cross Program from Ann's Bridal Bargains a good fit for their order of service. It features a lovely embossed cross with rose and dove graphics and a modern slim look. Get 100 for under $65.
Photographs make any program personal. Brides and grooms can use a festive photo or engagement photo to make their program unique. Choose a fun design, like the Happily Ever After option from Invitation Consultants, and guests are sure to remember your program. Depending on the number you purchase, these programs can be as low as $1.99 each.
Even if you choose a traditional half-fold program, you can still dress it up with embellishments. Add a small charm that matches your wedding theme or the program's graphics. Punch a small hole and tie an embellishment on with a ribbon. For plain programs, add a tassel or curled ribbon for a little extra elegance; simply link the ribbon or tassel end around the spine of the program and tie or glue it to hold it in place.
No matter what wedding program style you choose, it should reflect your ceremony's style and theme while still giving guests important information about the service.