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What to Include in a Wedding Program

Are wondering what to include in a wedding program? Have no idea where to start? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll tell you what a wedding program is, tell you whether programs are required, and tell you what to include in a wedding program. You can also enter for a chance to win 100 FREE wedding programs by the lovely Margaux of Harmony Creative Studio. It’s all inside…

What to Include in a Wedding Program (program by Harmony Creative Studio)

programs by harmony creative studio, photo by meghan christine photography

What to Include in a Wedding Program

What is a wedding program? A wedding program is a booklet or single sheet of paper that shares the details of your ceremony to guests. It can include the wedding party, parents, the location, and more. Are wedding programs required? No – but I think programs add a personal, handmade touch. To see what to include in a wedding program, begin reading below:

1. Wedding Date

You’ll want to include your wedding date somewhere in the program. In this example (above), it is placed at the very top next to the location, which is #2.

2. Location

Include the name of your ceremony space and/or the location.

3. Couple’s Names

Add a personal touch with your names somewhere on the ceremony, typically written in large type with an ampersand in-between the names.

4. Parts of the Ceremony

Although not required, if you include parts of the ceremony in a wedding program your guests can follow along easily. This is especially helpful for religious ceremonies, if some guests aren’t familiar with the service. Some things you can include are names of readers, musician(s), song titles, prayers or verses, and the officiant’s name.

5. Names of Wedding Party + Parents

The names of your wedding party along with names of parents adds a personal touch. It also tells guests ‘who’s who’ in your wedding party.

6. Message

An optional message, such as “Thank you for celebrating with us”, can be included.

7. Map to Reception

Include a small map on the back of your program with directions from ceremony to reception. Guests will appreciate it!

What to Include in a Wedding Program (program by Harmony Creative Studio)

programs by harmony creative studio, photo by meghan christine photography

Wedding Program Giveaway!

Now that you know what to include in a wedding program, enter for your chance to win yours! These aren’t just ordinary wedding programs – these include ribbon wands for guests to wave as you and your new spouse process down the aisle. We’ve teamed up with Harmony Creative Studio to offer 100 basic programs in kraft, ivory or white cardstock, custom text, black and white printing on both the front and back, one ribbon wand per program (made with birch dowels). and custom color selection determined by the winner (we have hundreds). Enter between 7/22/13 and 7/28/13 (11:59pm EST). Winner will be randomly selected and announced on this post on 7/29/13. Winner will also be contacted via email. Free shipping (via USPS) included to the winner; faster shipping available for an extra fee. Enter using the entry form below.

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What to Include in a Wedding Program + Wedding Program Giveaway (program by Harmony Creative Studio)

Good Luck!

Happy Planning!


Now it’s your turn: what will you include in your wedding program?

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69 Comments on "What to Include in a Wedding Program"

July 29, 2013

I LOVE the way the wedding program pictured above looks! Such a great idea!

July 28, 2013

Just have to comment again because these programs are so cool. I’d really like to win them :)

Ashley Robbins
July 28, 2013

I love the brooch bouquets! They are absolutely beautiful!!!

July 28, 2013

These programs would be so handy for my guests!

July 28, 2013

I love these programs! Perfect for my guests!


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