The wedding program is regarded by some as unnecessary and a waste of money. It can, however, take the place of favors in that it is an excellent keepsake. No matter what you decide, there will be lots of favors and lots of the programs thrown away after the wedding.
If you do choose to have a wedding program, you can keep the cost down by printing your own. These are extremely easy to do yourself if you have a program that can handle that sort of publication. Word and Publisher programs both work well. Below you will find examples. The trick is to keep it simple. Print them on cardstock, which is thicker to give a nicer more elegant look. Thin paper, other than linen, will make it look cheap.
On the front, the couple's names, the date, the address where the wedding will take place and the time of the ceremony should all be printed in big enough type so that it can be read without reading glasses for the older folks. A type set of 14 or larger is what I'd recommend.
The inside should list the order of ceremony with the music played for each part on the left hand side and the bridal party on the other.
Writing something on the back is optional,but it is nice to have at least a thank you to your guests. I recommend putting the plans of the bride and groom to cut down on the amount of times the couple will have to answer the honeymoon question.
Pictures add a nice touch, especially one of the couple. This is also optional. The program will still be nice even without pictures if you use a nice font for the type and put someborders, or even print it in color.
You can get creative with it if you like. Just remember, KEEP IT SIMPLE. Too much clutter will only distract your guests. Don't put in too much color, as more than one may make it seem over done. Something sentimental is a nice touch. Perhaps a quote that the couple really likes or a memorial statement about loved ones that will be missed at this special moment in your life.
There are many companies that offer tassels that will add a little extra touch at only a little extra cost.
One last time: Don't over do it. Keep it simple!
The two programs used as examples above were printed on 8 1/2" by ll" white cardstock, then folded in half.
Print on both sides.
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