When are programs a necessity?

Floral Ceremony Program, linen paper with gold and coral details, floral monogram in pink, green and peach tones

Always! Just kidding. I promise to stop with the dumb jokes before the next blog post. But in all seriousness, programs are pretty important 😉

Side note, if you missed my post about menus make sure to go back so you don’t miss a beat in the day-of stationery process!

So let’s get back to programs. Programs are a great way to guide your guests through your ceremony. Keep in mind your guests may not be aware of certain religious or cultural traditions so explaining these aspects of the ceremony will help them understand and participate. It’s also a great place to thank your guests for attending and mention loved ones who have passed. 

Which type of ceremony program is best for you?

Programs come in all shapes and sizes. They can be really classic (think black and white or gold and ivory with a satin ribbon) or fun and whimsical (floral monograms and handwriting inspired fonts). So which type of ceremony program is best for you? Let’s find out!

This folded program is a more modern take on our classic booklet. I love the sleek format and gold monogram. A thin satin ribbon adds a classic touch, perfect for a formal church ceremony. This lovely couple exchanged vows at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Great Neck and continued their celebration at de Seversky Mansion.

Formal Ceremony Program, Gold and chocolate inks with deco monogram and satin ribbon Formal Ceremony Program, Gold and chocolate inks with deco monogram and satin ribbon

I LOVE trifold programs. They’re cute and compact, providing the perfect amount of space for a short and sweet ceremony. This one in particular shows off a floral monogram making it a great backdrop for a lovely ring photograph. These lovelies made their appearance at the oh-so-gorgeous mountaintop location, The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel in Landrum, South Carolina. 

Floral Ceremony Program, linen paper with gold and coral details, floral monogram in pink, green and peach tones Floral Ceremony Program, linen paper with gold and coral details, floral monogram in pink, green and peach tones, styled with wedding rings

I wouldn’t be my usual darling self if I didn’t throw in a photo from my own wedding so here’s a shot (or two) of my little green trifold from a few years ago 🙂 

Rustic Ceremony Programs, Trifold program with arrow and heart monogram detail, green inks on natural speckled paper, sitting in apple basketRustic Ceremony Program, Trifold program with arrow and heart monogram detail, green inks on natural speckled paper

A simple single page program is a pretty and cost-effective way to list your wedding party and ceremony details. We’re going back a few years to show you the sweet nautical program we created for one of our favorite couples. Here’s the backstory, they wanted a nautical (but not too nautical) invitation for their Westhampton Beach wedding. Nothing felt like a perfect match and we were at a standstill during the appointment UNTIL (cue dramatic music) the couple remembered that their zodiac signs are nautical (Pisces and Cancer) BOOM, DONE! Just like that, everyone was happy. Their custom crab and fish illustrations decorated everything from their wedding invitation to their custom cocktail napkins. 

Nautical Ceremony Programs, with crab, fish and heart details, gold and navy inks

If you’re planning an outdoor, summer ceremony or tropical destination wedding, fan programs are your perfect match. They explain all the ceremony details AND keep your guests cool and happy. 

Fan Programs for Destination Weddings, blush and gray inks on textured white paper, sitting next to pink bouquet

Okay, I have one more for you! The whole sign + easel trend is going strong so why not go that route with your wedding program? We design these in standard sizes so they’re easy to frame or your florist can pair it with greenery. Either way, it makes a lovely statement as your guests arrive. 

Rustic Ceremony Program Sign, Sign listing the wedding party, green and charcoal inks, greenery leaves and whimsical fonts Rustic Wedding Signs, outdoor ceremony with trees and greenery, wedding signs on easels

Did you know you can also shop our designs on Etsy? We know things get a little hectic as your event date approaches so we combined the creativity of working with a designer with the convenience of shopping from your couch. 

And with that, another week is in the books. Have a nice weekend and happy planning!

xoxo,
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ps: Here are some photo credits for you: Cadence Kennedy // Morning Wild Photography // Becka Pillmore Photography // Silverfox // Fat Cat Paperie // Brianna Wilbur

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