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Wedding Programs – From Old School to Scene Stealer

When considering whether or not you should take the time to research, design, and pay for wedding programs, you may think the effort isn’t worth it. Does anyone even read them anymore? The answer is…

asbolutely! Though the decision is still completely yours, modern couples are tapping into their imaginations and letting those creative juices flow when coming up with original ways to design a program that guests actually want. Check out some of our favorite examples.


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Orchard Photography

One of the more popular options for wedding programs lately is a paper fan. Guests are especially grateful for this unexpected favor when attending an outdoor, summer wedding. Not only does it provide your guests with an idea of what the schedule for the day looks like, but it also provides a nice breeze when the sun gets a little too hot.

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The Wedding

You can also add a little more personality and attitude to this option, making it a fun keepsake! Add information on each “page” of the fan – you could include the story of how you met, how he proposed, how you met each of the wedding party members, fun facts about the couple (who is the messiest, who eats the most, who made the first move), along with the schedule for the ceremony and the remainder of the day.


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The Bird and The Bear Photography

Using infographics to demonstrate how the day will pan out – think figures proceeding down the aisle, kissing, eating, toasting, dancing, etc. – is a fun and inventive way to amuse your guests while keeping your day organized.


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Riverland Studios


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3&8 Photography

How stinkin’ cute are these?! Ok, we know that the pinwheel isn’t actually a program, but what a great way to keep children (and children-at-heart) entertained while waiting for the processional! And the newspaper….does it get any cuter than that? Complete with engagement photos, adorable selfies, fun facts about the couple, and the story of your relationship, this one-of-a-kind program/keepsake is sure to keep those early bird guests entertained. Need yet another way to surprise them with a fun addition? Add a crossword puzzle or word search to the newspaper or back of your program!


Clane Gessel Photography

There are no words to describe HOW GENIUS THIS IS! Provide a popcorn machine with containers that double as programs! Each side can have a something different – the ceremony schedule, list of readings, favorite lyrics or quotes, or trivia. The best part about this creative idea is that it allows the couple to make it as personal as they want. If you don’t like popcorn, try candy or trail mix instead! This is a great way to satisfy your guests, keep children quiet during the ceremony, and provide your guests with the information they’ll need for the day. How much more perfect can it get?

Contemporary couples have really taken to the idea of making their wedding day their own. No more is tradition a foremost thought when planning – instead, brides and grooms like to incorporate their personalities, attitudes, and relationship into every aspect. The wedding program is a great way to do that! You can add a little humor with a cover stating “A guide to not falling asleep and figuring out what’s going on,” or make a flip book illustrating how your relationship progressed. Incorporate favorite quotes and song lyrics or take on a narrative voice when writing out your love story.

Wedding programs can match your invitations, menu, and other stationery, or it can be unique to the ceremony. Check out these incredible local vendors if you want some help designing your programs or invitations! We’d suggest skimming through Pinterest to find ideas of what fits your style before meeting with an invitation specialist. Check out some of our favorites!

If you want to go a more eco-friendly route, create a customized sign to stand at the entrance of your ceremony site where guests can gather the information they need before continuing the day. A chalkboard sign or the ever-trendy framed mirror issuing the start times of each event will add a touch of sophistication and personality to your wedding while keeping your costs low and saving paper. For more inspiration on wedding signage and wording, look no further than our Pinterest page.

All in all, the decision is yours on whether you think it’s necessary to provide programs to your guests, but they are definitely not going out of style.

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