Your wedding program is one of those necessary aspects of the ceremony that usually doesn’t get a lot of attention. After all, it’s just a piece of paper with the order of events printed on it, right? But like every other part of the wedding, it’s possible to take it to the next level. Here are some ideas to jazz up that boring old program and give it a little sparkle.
Instead of printing out programs and handing them to every guest, only to have them left on the seats and floor in the venue, consider using a blackboard. Take a pretty picture frame and frame a piece of wood painted with chalkboard paint. Then have your bridesmaid with the coolest handwriting write down the program on the blackboard. Guests can read it coming in, and then you won’t have to deal with the rustling of paper during the ceremony.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, help your guests deal with the heat by handing out fans printed with your wedding program. It’s a nice little touch that makes the program stay useful all the way through the reception. Try to resist the urge to make a pun like, “for our biggest fans” on them. Eh, just kidding. Go for the fan pun.
Include a crossword puzzle or a word search in your program, with clues based on your relationship. Make sure to include a pencil so your guests can solve the puzzle while they wait!
For a rustic touch, print your program on a brown paper bag. You can fill the bag with confetti or flower petals to toss at the end of the ceremony, so there’s a reason to hang onto the bags and not leave them littering the venue. Alternatively, wrap each bag around a beer bottle for the guests to sip while you say your vows. Okay, maybe not that last bit.
Set your program up as a miniature newspaper, with a headline on the front that announces you’re getting married and the story of how you met on the first page. The inside can detail the members of your wedding party. On the back you can do a write-up of your wedding vows, or honeymoon plans, or anything else you want to share with your guests.
Fortune Teller/Cootie Catcher
For a super-cool program your guests won’t be able to put down, fold them into those little fortune tellers (also known as cootie catchers) you used to play with on the playground. Or just provide instructions for your guests to do the folding.
The best program we’ve seen starts with “So you’re going to sit through a wedding…” and positions itself as a “practical guide to not falling asleep during our ceremony.” Your guests will appreciate the levity, and you’ll probably end up with a picture of the program shared over and over on Pinterest.
The humble wedding program provides plenty of opportunities for a creative wedding couple. You can make it useful, funny, or unexpectedly poignant.
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