What Should Your Ceremony Programs Include?

Wedding ceremony programs aren’t just a nice keepsake—they’re also a super-easy way to get guests involved in your ceremony. That said, they’re totally optional, so you can include as little or as much info as you want.

But here’s what you need to know if you do want programs. Most of them should tell guests the basics: the names of the to-be-weds, members of the wedding party, a ceremony outline and—in some cases—words or explanations of any readings or songs. 

If your ceremony is including any religious or ethnic traditions, your program is a great place to share those as well. Feel free to add extras too (like pictures, your love story, a thank-you to your parents or even a map to your reception space). Be careful though—you don’t want to include too much information. It should be something short and sweet guests can read in the moments before and during your ceremony as it progresses. After all, you want all eyes on you, not staring down at a pamphlet trying to decipher a miniature novel. 

If you want to tailor your program by religion and denomination, here are some helpful examples to guide you:

  • Baptist Wedding Program
  • Lutheran Wedding Program
  • Unitarian Universalist Wedding Program
  • Presbyterian Wedding Program
  • Methodist Wedding Program
  • Orthodox Christian Wedding Program
  • Catholic Wedding Program
  • Quaker Wedding Program
  • Jewish Reform Wedding Program
  • Hindu Wedding Program
  • Muslim Wedding Program

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