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.

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

  • Kaylene

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

  • Ashley Robbins

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

  • Rosebouquet

    These programs would be so handy for my guests!

  • Bride2Be

    I love these programs! Perfect for my guests!

  • Keeley

    These programs are great especially when your changing locations throughout the day. No guesswork necessary. :)

  • Jen

    Wow – their brooch bouquets are so beautiful. I forgot all about the programs after I saw those…

  • Alexis S.

    Love the dessert buffet package!

  • Leah Warner

    Still in love with the Modern Vintage programs! So creative!

  • Meg Swiggard

    This looks amazing! Really loving the rustic look.

  • Bride2Be

    Love these programs! So rustic!

  • Rosebouquet

    I love the hair elastics!

  • Rosebouquet

    The hair elastics are really cute!

  • Bride2Be

    The wedding welcome bags are such a good idea!

  • Kaylene

    Man, I love those programs. And would super love to win them!!

  • Alexis S.

    Still in love with the dessert buffet design package, and these programs!

  • Marnay

    Love the Jewelry Brooch Bouquet – fancy and unique!

  • Ashley Robbins

    I love the Wedding Welcome Packages! They are so cute!!!

  • Stephanie

    I like the Shell Jewelry & Brooch Bouquet!!

  • Sally

    The bows are cute!

  • Bride2Be

    The favor buttons are so cute!

  • Angela F.

    Loving the elastic hair ties!

  • Kaylene

    I love her shop and would love to try these gorg sparkly hair ties! https://www.etsy.com/listing/151142349/20-count-elastic-hair-ties-golden?ref=shop_home_active

  • Alexis S.

    Love these programs!

  • Marnay

    Love the Neon Elastic Headbands with Bows – perfect for our bachelorette party!

  • http://www.motivatedbride.wordpress.com/ Krista W.

    I like the Shell Jewelry & Brooch Bouquet!!

  • Michelle

    I love the brooch bouquets!

  • Kaylene

    Seriously love this shop and just favorited it on etsy. Awesome welcome bags! https://www.etsy.com/listing/103501458/custom-wedding-welcome-bagpackage?ref=shop_home_active

  • Cadie

    I love that they do a dessert buffet design package. What a cool idea!

  • Sally

    I like the boquets

  • Bride2Be

    The bouquets are so beautiful!

  • Marnay

    Love the Shell Jewelry & Brooch Bouquet. So unique!

  • Alexis S.

    I also love the brooch bouquets – lovely!

  • Stephanie

    I also love the custom brooch bouquets HarmonyCreative makes!

  • Daniella

    Loooove the dark forest hairties!

  • Daniella

    This is now my program inspiration! Love it!

  • Alexis S.

    Still love the Candy or Dessert Buffet Full Design Package.

  • Holly R.

    I really like the Bold Rainbow elastic hair ties.

  • Melissa L

    Vintage wedding programs are my favorite!

  • Marnay

    Love the Garden Rose Wedding Favor Buttons! They would be fun to wear during the reception!

  • Ann

    Love the program with the wands. My son is getting married early next year. I’m sharing this with him and his bride-to-be. Also sharing it on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

  • Bride2Be

    The shell, jewelry, and brooch bouquet is so adorable and perfect for a beach wedding!

  • http://www.stitchesandsnps.blogspot.com EllenQ

    I love the baby shower book invites!

  • Tory

    I love the wedding favor drawstring bags!

  • Jen N

    The Candy or Dessert Buffet Full Design Package looks incredible!!

  • Leah Warner

    I loooove the Modern Vintage Wedding Programs with Ribbon Wands which is EXACTLY why I want to win this one so badly!!

  • Brye

    We were planning on doing wedding wands at our wedding! We learned it’s an old Irish tradition, and decided that’s what we’d be doing. Plus, I don’t want to leave stuff all over the ground, especially since our wedding will be in a park.
    I LOVE the brooch bouquets. They are absolutely stunning. My favorite is the one pictured with the custom label.

  • Tiffeny

    The Brooch Bouqet is GORGEOUS!

  • Kaylene T

    The Custom Gift Box Packaging – Neon Boxes are SO awesome!!! Love them.

  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Hello! No, there is not a template available, but you can purchase these programs directly from http://harmonycreative.etsy.com if you’d like! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kerry Donovan

    I would love the,

    Brooch Bouquet – Art Deco Silver and Black! TY.

  • Michelle

    The brooch bouquet is pretty!

  • Karen B

    The custom wedding welcome bags are awesome!

  • Kelsey J.

    Thanks for all of the great tips. I love the welcome bags! I will definitely be doing this as the majority of my guests will be coming from across the country!

  • cara

    thanks for this post… I am working on my programs and was a little unsure with what all to include!! thanks again for all of your help. I love the posts, keep ‘em coming. Oh… this would totally go with my vintage wedding!!! :)

  • Jessica Peltz

    I love the shell jewelry and brooch bouquet! so lovely!

  • windycindy

    Candy or Dessert Buffet Full Design Package is fabulous. Cindi

  • Keeley

    The custom wedding welcome bags are such a cute idea especially since my guest have to travel an hour to my reception so many will be staying overnight after

  • Caity_Johnson

    I love the art deco brooch bouquet! so pretty :)

  • Brooke Groom

    I love the ribbon wands that come with it! What a great idea! I’m getting married in a church so these will definitely be allowed!

  • Olivia

    These are gorgeous & the lace send offs are adorable! I love the dessert buffet package, too!

  • Olivia

    These are gorgeous & the lace send offs are adorable!

  • Ashlee

    These are exactly what I had in mind for my wedding!

  • Alexis S.

    Ee, I love these programs. We’re having kraft paper table “runners” and I’ve been thinking of other kraft paper elements, thus I love Harmony Creative’s Candy or Dessert Buffet Full Design Package as well!

  • Jamie

    I love the vintage programs… such a good idea to include the ribbon for sendoff with the programs

  • Pam

    Gorgeous Black & Silver Art Deco Inspired Brooch Bouquet

  • Ashley R

    I think the wedding bags are great too!

  • Amanda B

    I love the different styles of typography used in the modern vintage wedding programs. Cute layout, too!

  • Ariana

    Love these programs!