dIY what do you put on wedding programs?

by DIY wedding planner on December 9, 2011

i am doing my programmes my self and was wondering what all do you put ont them also does anyone know any websites that have explains

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attychrissy December 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

STEP 1: Select the design you want to use. Consider preprinted paper, scrolls, folders, single cards, etc.

STEP 2: Make sure your design is in keeping with the style of your other wedding stationery, in terms of formality, paper, embellishments and font.

STEP 3: Include the following elements: full name of bride, full name of groom, name of officiant, date, time, place, introduction (optional), order of ceremony, words to hymns or songs (optional), titles and composers of musical selections, names of performers (singers, musicians, readers), names of the wedding party.

STEP 4: Add an expression of gratitude to your ceremony participants, reception hosts and helpers, and family or friends who performed special services.

STEP 5: Add a recognition of or dedication to deceased or absent family members, if you wish.

STEP 6: Finish with a heartfelt thank-you to your guests.

STEP 7: Use a template to make sure your layout conforms to the limitations of your preprinted paper.

STEP 8: Create a master sheet – either typed or handwritten – and use a copy machine to produce the programs, if you’re creating a large number.

STEP 9: If you opt to print the programs on your computer printer, make sure the paper you’ve chosen is compatible with your printer so you’ll get crisp, elegant results.

STEP 10: If you decide to handwrite each program using a fountain pen, make sure your paper is not too absorbent, nor too slick.

STEP 11: Make a prototype before investing in large amounts of paper and embellishments.

You can download a template from MS Office:


Trixie December 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

wedding programs are not that difficult.

You put your name and wedding date (and some choose to include their location as well) on the front. The inside usually has the songs chosen and what they were chosen for (example: Pachebel’s Cannon in D – Procession). The order of the ceremony (call to celebrate, exchange of vows and rings, unity ceremony, kiss, etc). The wedding party (Mr & Mrs Smith – Parents of the Groom, Mr & Mrs Doe – Parents of the Bride, Mary Doe – Maid of Honor Bride’s Sister, etc etc)

If you would like more assistance or need to see an actual layout I can send one to you in PDF format, just email me


emeia04 December 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

It seems that others have given you a list of the thnigs to put on the program, but I wanted to share with you something that my sister did and I thought it was a really nice touch…(1) She had the names of each person in the bridal party, what they were (ie bridesmaid, maid of honor) and then she wrote a little bit about each of them (2) Both her and her husband wrote a little thank you note/bio for all of the guest to read…Hopes this helps!


Kristin December 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Microsoft Office Templates has a lot to choose from
Usually the following is included (and was included on mine)

The Marriage Ceremony
Jane Doe
John Smith

City and State

Order of Ceremony (include any speaking or singing or unity candle etc.

Prelude – Classical Music
Procession – Canon in D by Pachelbel
Bridal Entrance – Trumpet Voluntary by …
Importance of Marriage
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
Declaration of Marriage
Recessional – Trumpat Tune by …

Bridal Party
Brides Parents
Grooms Parents
Maid of Honor
Best Man
Flower Girl
Ring Bearer

We included a special thank you on the back of our programs. Also, if you buy program stationary, it will have a website for you to use with templates.


LOLA December 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Getting married also in one year.. so stressful huh…lol
I am making my own programs also.
Well the programs should reflect the order of the service… show what is happening next… who is doing it.. and it should also list somewhere the wedding party… try these websites.. they have been really helpful to me….

this website explains everything

these sites have some good templates


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