To acquaint guests with the wedding party and the ceremony happenings, programs are a great idea. As guests being to arrive, the ushers may hand these out for guests to browse through as they are being seated. Common inclusions in ceremony programs, in addition to a list of the wedding party and other important individuals like immediate family, are the order of events, musical selections, poetic or religious readings, and thank you’s from the bride and groom.
Although wedding etiquette does not require ceremony programs, they serve as a special touch of added courtesy to your guests. Talk to your invitation or stationery vendor to create your custom ceremony program. Think about incorporating your wedding colors, theme, and personality in the program design. Having a wedding on the beach? Use shell-shaped programs! Are your bridesmaids wearing green? Put a twinkle of color in the program! Need to thank a relative who traveled far to be there on your big day? Include an appreciative word in the “shout out section”!