22 Christmas Wedding Ideas: Red & Green

We love to hear from you, especially when there’s a wedding planning question you need answered. Here’s a new question we received from bride-to-be, Kayleigh. She writes, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning a Christmas wedding but I’m worried it will look more like a Christmas party. Do you have any Christmas wedding ideas or pointers?” When planning your Christmas themed wedding, the goal is to achieve a festive look with emphasis on elegance. You can use red and green in your decor, but use the combination sparingly. For instance, a little red and green in your bouquet or your boutonnieres is great, but you don’t need to use the color combination on every hand-picked piece. To show you what we mean, we’ve rounded up twenty-two of our favorite Christmas wedding ideas in red and green. We’ve rounded up stunning wedding invitations, tasty treats, accessories, gift ideas, and more for the merrily wed couple. And, I promise these picks are perfectly elegant. Read on to find out more…

Christmas Wedding Ideas

Oh, and P.S. mistletoe is a must. Hang it above your photo booth for impromptu snapshots and use it in one of your wedding portraits.

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where to buy //

1 – mistletoe | bizou bizou
2 – christmas wedding invitations + programs | kayleigh dumond
3 – christmas wedding hair comb | kimart
4 – tartan plaid clutch purse | juneberry stitches
5 – christmas boutonnieres | whichgoose
6 – poinsettia-inspired hair pins | hair blossoms boutique
7 – tartan plaid bow tie | black safari
8 – christmas wedding ring pillow | kirahley kreations
9 – cake topper (nutcracker) | gimme some sugar
10 – tartan handkerchief for groomsmen | aristocrafts
11 – red garnet bracelet | laura stark
12 – sparkly red dress sash | sparklesm
13 – emerald engagement ring | kristin coffin jewelry
14 – felt acorns | fairyfolk weddings
15 – moss monogram | spotted leopard
16 – peppermint cake pops | nicole’s homemade treats
17 – ribbon wands | kate kate nyc
18 – christmas wedding print (great as a guest book!) | michael dexter design
19 – bridesmaid dresses in red | photo: emma + josh (see the Christmas themed wedding!)
20, 22 – christmas wedding cake, cranberry candles | photo: joe hendricks
21 – christmas wedding bouquet | serendipity bridal

Now it’s your turn:

Which of these Christmas wedding ideas is your favorite?

xo,
-E.

Mason Jar Shot Glasses

Hey, mason jar lovers: you thought you’ve seen it all. Until now. Have you seen mason jar shot glasses? These tiny, 2.4oz shot glasses are threaded at the top to look like the real deal. There’s no lid, but then again, you don’t really need one. The front of each glass is appropriately stamped with, simply, “shots”. These mason jar shot glasses make a perfect wedding party gift (I can picture groomsmen toasting the groom with these) or post-celebration with the whole crew. Give them as gifts to your wedding party attendants or buy ’em in bulk and give them out to guests as a charming barn wedding favor. Check ’em out up close…

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mason jar shot glass set

Ready to scoop ’em up? Stop by Urban Trend to buy a set for your wedding or a a gift for the holidays! (P.S. Buy them with FREE two-day shipping so you get them with plenty of time to spare.)

Okay, now I really think we’ve REALLY seen it all in the mason jar world.

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Need more mason-jar inspiration? Check out these nifty posts:

o Mason Jar Mistakes to Avoid

o 50 Best (+ Cheap!) Mason Jar Ideas

o DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces

o Top 10 Mason Jar Gifts

o Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

What do you think of these mason jar shot glasses?

50+ Wedding Clutches by Theme

Brides: whether you’re still deciding on the perfect wedding theme or it’s already picked, you won’t want to miss this post. We had a huge response to the clutches in yesterday’s art deco wedding post, so we decided to expand the offering to wedding clutches by theme… over fifty wedding clutches in eight wedding themes, to be exact! You’ll find wedding clutches by theme for your nautical, boho, beach, shabby chic, rustic, modern, art deco, or classic wedding. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Oatmeal Lace to offer a gorgeous wedding clutch to one lucky reader. Which one is it? Read on to find out!

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50+ Wedding Clutches by Theme

In this post, we’ll share some of our favorite handmade wedding clutches by theme. If you want to see even more than we have here, check out The Marketplace for all of your handmade wedding needs (including more clutches, totes, and cosmetic bags!) Let’s begin, shall we?

Nautical

First up, let’s talk about your nautical wedding. For wedding clutches in this theme, look for navy-and-white or red striping, anchors, or wavy ‘water’-like patterns.

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1 – sassy stitches by lori
2, 5 – toriska
3 – paperflora
4 – eclu
6 – grey fox textiles
7 – sara c. accessories

Boho

Boho brides: you’ll love these funky patterns and prints. Look for a pattern like IKAT or opt for something lacy and whimsical.

boho wedding clutches by theme

1, 2, 3, 4 – eclu

Beach

Planning a beach wedding? Be on the lookout for accents or prints featuring seashells, starfish, palms, and seahorses.

beach wedding clutches by theme

1, 6 – eden’s wake
2 – parisxox
3 – oyeta
4 – baby cotton friend
5 – salato

Shabby Chic

Love a shabby chic wedding? You’ll want to look for pastels, feminine details like lace doilies, bows, and florals, just to name a few.

shabby chic wedding clutches by theme

1 – oatmeal lace
2 – oyeta
3 – hoganfe
4 – solbijou
5 – mina rha
6 – juneberry stitches

Rustic

If you’re planning a barn wedding or wedding in the woods, burlap is the most popular choice! For this wedding theme, burlap is frequently paired with lace to give that rustic ‘chic’ vibe.

rustic wedding clutches by theme

1 – oatmeal lace
2 – baby cotton friend
3 – penny royalty
4 – mina rha
5 – juneberry stitches
6 – paperflora
7 – lolos

Modern

Modern can be Big City themed, can focus on a favorite pattern (like a chevron wedding or origami wedding), or it can be bold with bright and funky colors. Polka dots and chevron are a few of the ideas I love for this look.

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1, 4, 5 – allisa jacobs
2 – brighter day
3 – vincent v designs
6 – jordani sarreal
7 – mama bleu designs

Art Deco

We recently talked about planning an Art Deco Wedding, and we couldn’t get enough of the 1920’s, Great Gatsby inspired finds. Here are seven clutches you’ll love…

art deco wedding clutches by theme

1 – anna sinclair
2, 4 – angee w.
3 – bebe and kay
5 – sara c. accessories
6 – eclu
7 – vincent v designs

Classic

Classic brides: look for a white wedding clutch or purse with a bit of lace, a rhinestone embellishment, or a clutch made of silk or linen.

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1, 3 – angee w.
2 – hello violeta
4 – white aisle boutique
5, 6 – emma gordon london
7 – oatmeal lace

Whew, I love them ALL.

Wedding Clutch Giveaway!

Now that you’ve seen some wedding clutches by theme, it’s time for you to win one! We’ve teamed up with Oatmeal Lace to offer a linen and lace clutch purse to one lucky reader. Between 12/12-12/18/13 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win. Prize value: $50. No cash value. No purchase necessary. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on this blog post on 12/19/13. Winner has 72 hours to confirm prize; winner must ‘order’ clutch purse within 6 months. FREE shipping included anywhere! Use entry form below to enter. Good luck!

Prize

About this item: “Linen & delicate lace: two of my favorite textiles to pair together. This heirloom collection will add a timeless, romantic touch to your bridal clutch, or will be the perfect accoutrement for your bridal party in the fabric selection of your choice.” – mckay, oatmealLace.com

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Entry Form

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

What’s your wedding theme? Which of these wedding clutches by theme is your fave? Tell us!

Jubilant North Carolina Wedding: Cari + Will

You’re going to love Cari and Will’s North Carolina wedding! Their wedding this past November was in the small village of Saxapahaw, NC. Cari and Will were married at the Saxapahaw United Methodist Church with a fantastic reception following at the Haw River Ballroom. Relive their exciting wedding day by checking out their photos taken by the team of Carolyn Scott Photography after the click…

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Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Haw River Ballroom wedding

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Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Carolyn Scott Photography - Saxapahaw wedding

Vendors + More

Vendor Credits:
Church – Saxapahaw United Methodist Church
Venue – Haw River Ballroom
Officiant – Pastor Sue Eldon
Florist – Chapel Hill Florist
Cupcakes – Saxapahaw Bakehouse
Caterer – Saxapahaw Catering Company
Hair – Amy of Syd’s Hair Shop
Coordinator – Cherished Celebrations
Getaway Bus – Greenway Transit

If you’re a North Carolina bride planning your wedding, contact Carolyn Scott Photography for all of your wedding photography needs. You can also see their wedding photographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride local wedding vendor guide.

All images courtesy of Carolyn Scott Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Where to Buy Horseshoes for Weddings + Crafts

Planning your wedding is 10x more frustrating when you don’t know where to buy a particular item. For instance, when Kellymarie wanted to make these rustic escort card horseshoes (see #5) she asked us for our help. We sought out the ultimate list of where to buy horseshoes for weddings (and crafts!) so your wedding can be 10x less frustrating. Read on to see what we’ve found…

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Where to Buy Horseshoes for Weddings

There are two types of horseshoes: old and rusty (authentically used on horses or salvaged from an old barn) or brand-new and silver in color. Here’s where to buy both:

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o Old, rusty & used horseshoes

Our top pick: EBAY! Check out all of these amazing listings going on right now. I suddenly want/need 50 of them. ;) Photo above via this awesome listing. Another place to look: estate sales. I’ve seen at least one rusty horseshoe at nearly EVERY estate sale I’ve been to.

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o New, silver-y, and clean horseshoes

Our top pick: AMAZON! These horseshoes seem like a pretty amazing deal. Plus, they’ll be shipped straight to your door. (Those suckers can get heavy.)

And, if you’re putting together those escort card horseshoes as we mentioned earlier, you’ll need tags. Just use regular white paper luggage tags (find them at your local craft store – I know Hobby Lobby sells them for sure) and white cotton twine. Hand-write the names using a permanent (fine-point) Sharpie marker. That’s it! So easy.

Hope it helps, lovelies!

Thanks to Kelly-Marie for writing! (Psst. Have a wedding question for us? Send it in here and we could answer it in an upcoming post!)

Tune in tomorrow… we have some exciting features planned!

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

21 Amazing Art Deco Wedding Ideas

Brides: are you planning an art deco wedding theme with a 1920’s Great Gatsby feel? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up twenty-one strikingly lovely art deco wedding ideas to inspire your upcoming day. We’ve found a head piece and birdcage veil, wedding invitations, a gorgeous pearl necklace, a stylish flapper-inspired dress for your bridesmaids, long black gloves, a brooch bouquet, garter, and much more. Read on to be inspired with this glamorous, old-fashioned vibe…

Art Deco Wedding Ideas

First and foremost, check out this stunning crystal bridal head piece and birdcage veil! I love this look. It’s a brand new style by Gilded Shadows — it’s also currently on sale.

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where to buy //

1 – art deco veil | gilded shadows
2 – art deco save the date | southland fox
3 – art deco monogram | merrymint
4 – art deco centerpiece vase | current classic
5 – birdcage wedding card holder | southbury treasures
6 – art deco table number | merrymint
7 – art deco earrings | jac & elsie llc
8 – art deco gown | pure magnolia, photo: konstantin egorov
9 – art deco rings | heidi gibson designs
10 – black and gold art deco wedding monogram | edie’s lab
11 – table number, favor box, place cards | invited by lama works
12 – book mark | wedding ambience
13 – art deco guest book | emerson bindery
14, 15 – gold art deco purse; dress sash | all for love, L.O.V.E.
16 – gold art deco favor box | katblu studio
17 – art deco fringe bridesmaid dress | anna-kaci
18 – art deco wedding invitation | southland fox
19 – art deco wedding garter | gibson girl designs
20 – wedding brooch bouquet | innstyches
21 – art deco gloves | leg avenue

Lovely! Which of these art deco wedding ideas is your favorite? I’m loving the veil in #1, the invites in #18, and HELLO giant E monogram! That’s all mine. Share your favorites with a comment below!

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

Burlap Ring Pillow Ideas

We love the burlap ring pillow collection at Duryea Place Designs. Have you seen it yet? If not, you’re in for a real treat today. Whether you’re planning a rustic wedding, vintage, shabby chic, or countless other wedding themes, this ring pillow is the finishing touch to your ceremony decor. Read on to begin…

Burlap Ring Pillow Collection

1. Pink English Rose

This pink and lace ring bearer pillow is one of my favorites from the collection. I love English roses, and this one features a big bloom in pink right on the front. The touch of lace is beautiful, too.

burlap ring pillow with lace and pink flower

Here’s a close-up:

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There’s even a matching flower girl basket. I love this combination!

burlap ring pillow and rustic flower girl basket set with pink flower

2. Yellow Peony

Prefer a peony in yellow? Check out this burlap ring pillow with a sunny-yellow peony with a touch of greenery, sans lace.

yellow peony burlap ring pillow

Here’s the matching flower girl basket for this set, too:

yellow peony burlap ring pillow and matching flower girl basket

3. Lace Doily

This ring pillow is one of a kind and is perfect for a vintage wedding. It features a beautiful white vintage lace doily on the top with muslin backing. The center of the doily is embellished with a small blue button; pillow measures 8″ square.

burlap ring pillow doily

4. Purple Peony

I’ve been diggin’ purple details lately (remember the purple locket and ombre bag we talked about on Monday?). This purple peony ring pillow is another favorite from the shop.

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5. Rosette Burlap Ring Pillow

Love a shabby chic look? Check out this burlap ring pillow with gorgeous rhinestone-embellished rosettes.

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These are just a few of the beautiful finds spotted from the burlap ring pillow collection. What’s your favorite?

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

Which of these burlap ring pillows is your favorite?

Wedding Illustrations You’ve Gotta See

Hi, lovelies! Back in the day, newlyweds had wedding illustrations painted for them because film was not yet invented. Then, as photography became available, it wasn’t quite modernized yet… so couples had to stand still without smiling so their photograph would not be blurry. My, how far we’ve come: today, brides are hiding cameras in their wedding bouquets, couples are urging guests to turn off their camera phones, and guests are sneaking some secret photo booth shots with one of these. And, just as hipsters brought back these the minute MP3s became available, we’re seeing a resurgence of old-fashioned wedding ideas — like wedding illustrations, one of our favorite gift-giving ideas. Whether you’re looking to turn an illustration into an alternative guest book, as an art print for your home, or to commemorate your upcoming nuptials, this, ladies and gentlemen, is how it’s done. Wedding illustrations are handmade, personal, and completely unlike anyone else’s — the recipe for a perfect handcrafted wedding. In this post, you’ll find twenty-two of the loveliest watercolor paintings, drawings, sketches, cariacatures, animals, silhouettes, and more to commemorate your day. This isn’t your great-great-great-great-granddad’s wedding illustration… take a look…

Wedding Illustrations

This top one – by B is for Brown – is one of my favorites. It can be used as a save the date postcard.

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1 – b is for brown
2 – b is for brown
3 – betsy made shop
4 – bamee motions
5 – recipe4cute
6 – head hand & heart
7 – b is for brown
8 – tying the knots
9 – robin elizabeth art
10 – kate zaremba company
11 – &ink designs
12 – mary and maude studio
13 – bamee motions
14 – ANNA and MARIE art
15 – devin hunt illustration
16 – mrs. alana richardson
17 – tosya
18 – le papier studio
19 – ready go wedding co.
20 – matyldabiedron
21 – jolly edition
22 – happy little heart

Which ones are your favorite? Mine are… #1, #5, and #13, though I do wholly love them all. Share yours!

Happy Planning!

xo
-E.

Tell us: what’s your favorite of these wedding illustrations? Would you want one as a gift?

9 Totally Unique Wedding Boutonnieres

When it comes to your handcrafted wedding, personalizing every single detail is key. So, when you start shopping for your groom’s boutonniere, you might as well consider something a little outside the box. Extra-special. Made just for him. And, today, we’re here to help! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite unique wedding boutonnieres by The Ritzy Rose to spark your creativity. Plus, we’ve teamed up to offer one of these unique wedding boutonnieres to a lucky Emmaline Bride reader! Find out how you can win + get inspired with our hand-picked finds below!

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Unique Wedding Boutonnieres

What does your groom love to do? Is he an outdoorsman, football fanatic, mechanic, or guitarist? There’s a unique boutonniere for anything you can imagine! We’ve hand-picked our favorite nine totally unique wedding boutonnieres… see them below!

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easy-buy guide //

1 – aviator boutonniere
2 – mechanic boutonniere
3 – guitarist boutonniere
4 – victorian steampunk boutonniere
5 – shotgun shell boutonniere
6 – blue football boutonniere
7 – gold watch and face boutonniere
8 – light bulb boutonniere | shout-out to my Dad, master electrican! xo
9 – beer cap boutonniere

Boutonniere Giveaway!

Want to win one of these unique wedding boutonnieres – OR – pick another favorite from the shop? Now’s your chance! Between 12/10-12/16/13 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a boutonniere by The Ritzy Rose. Winner may select any ready-made (not custom) boutonniere from their shop. Prize value: between $40-$75. No cash value. No purchase necessary. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on this blog post on 12/17/13. Winner has 72 hours to confirm prize; winner must ‘order’ boutonniere within 1 year. See these as possible options. Use entry form below to enter. Good luck!

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

Now it’s YOUR turn: which of these unique wedding boutonnieres is your favorite?

7 Ceremony Program Mistakes to Avoid

Hi, loves! Are you having a ceremony program at your wedding? If so, don’t miss today’s post: we’re sharing some common wedding program mistakes to avoid. A wedding program is are not a requirement, but it can be a fun addition to your decor. A ceremony program is also a handy tool for guests, as it provides additional information about your ceremony. In this post, we’ll share ceremony program ideas and seven common ceremony program mistakes to avoid. PLUS, we’re offering a ceremony program printable for FREE! Read on to get started…

Ceremony Program Mistakes to Avoid

Make sure your wedding programs are a hit with guests! Here are seven ceremony program mistakes you’ll want to avoid…

Mistake #1: Going with the grain.

We’ve seen the traditional ceremony program done a million times before, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add your own personal twist! Remember, your wedding is unlike anyone else’s… make every handcrafted wedding detail personal + unique. For instance, check out this booklet ceremony program that reads, ‘I’m a Fan‘. It’s a fan style, so you can include tons of information in it, guests can use it to cool off, and it’s anything but boring.

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A poster-style ceremony program is another fantastic option! I love the informal tone of this one, like, “Here’s how it’s going to go”. You don’t have to be so strict with every detail — have a little fun with it, for goodness sakes.

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Want something entertaining for guests? Try the cootie catcher ceremony program, one of my favorite throwback ideas. Remember these in grade school? They’re backkkk… and they’re just as much fun now as they were then.

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designs by tenisha

Mistake #2: No theme.

Stay on theme! When selecting your program, make sure it ties into your wedding theme. Some of our favorite wedding theme ideas are rustic, beach, wedding in the woods, vintage, and a barn wedding, just to name a few. (Need more? Grab 50+ wedding theme ideas!) Check out these thematic ceremony program ideas:

Beach

beach ceremony program

julie hanan design

Woodland

woodland wedding ceremony program

mavora art and design

Modern

modern ceremony programs

shine invitations

Mistake #3: Not introducing your wedding party.

Your groomsmen and bridesmaids deserve to be in the spotlight, too! Plus, guests will be curious to know who is the best man, maid of honor, and other wedding party members. By including them in your program, you’ll also give them an honorable mention. It’s a nice touch.

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jodi & june

Mistake #4: Skipping over the order of events.

The number one reason why guests read the program is to see the length of the ceremony, any notations, and special customs the couple will do. Be sure to include the order of events and any other notable traditions inside your ceremony program.

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Mistake #5: Omitting a ‘thank you’ section.

A personal thank you section for guests is a nice touch. Remember the three s’s: keep it short, sweet, and sincere.

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fossil letterpress

Mistake #6: No reception information and/or map.

Include a map or the address of the reception location on the back of your program. It also helps to let guests know what time the reception begins. Guests sometimes forget to bring along the invitation information, and this extra bit of information will help they key it into their GPS.

Mistake #7: No distribution plan.

If your wedding party, ushers, or a few friends are game, ask them to pass out the ceremony programs to guests before the wedding begins. If you’d prefer guests to help themselves, make sure there’s a basket of programs and a sign that tells guests to take one. To help, we’ve added a new item to our free wedding printables collection! We’re giving you a free printable ceremony program sign! Just click on the image below to download the file. Place in a 5″ x 7″ frame.

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Place the sign next to your programs in a prominent location – at the doorway, for instance – so they won’t go unnoticed.

Special note: If you prefer to not pass out programs to your guests, you can opt for a chalkboard wedding program sign instead! Here’s one example we love…

chalkboard wedding program sign

lbf studio

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

Which wedding program mistakes would you add to the list?

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