The purpose of the program is to provide the guests with what is known as “The Order of Worship.” Within the program, the guests will see listed each aspect of the wedding. This would include the names of musicians, ushers, minister, reader, guest book attendant, wedding party, and so on. Additionally, the program will provide the outline of everything that will happen and in what order.
You might choose the program at the same time you decide on the invitations although this is not necessary. For formal weddings, the program could be designed with white or off-white parchment paper while for an informal wedding, a simpler paper with pastel colors or colors that coordinate with the wedding would be a great choice. Remember that it is your wedding day and what ever you do for your wedding preparation should be approved by you.
Another option that works quite well if you are creative is to make your own programs. With the right software program and good, quality paper, beautiful designs can be made, usually looking just like those made by professionals. To complete the look of the program, holes can be punched on one side or on the top where a ribbon would be wound through. Additionally, faux pearls or lace around the edge could be attached with hot glue.
To create programs with a personal touch, a copy of your engagement photograph can be added to the front or a poem specially written for the parents written and placed on the inside cover. Finally, the size of the program can vary, ranging from a larger size with several pages to a simple design that only has a front and back.
Probably the most important thing with the program is to ensure the spelling of everyone’s name is correct. To some people, this might not seem like a big deal but to the person whose name is misspelled, it can be.