Just over a year ago, my husband and I got married after a short courtship. We knew we wanted to get married shortly after we started dating and decided not to delay the union. We were married just seven months after we started dating. I wouldn’t change a single thing about our courtship; however, looking back, there are several things that I would have changed about our wedding. My husband, of course, loved everything and wouldn’t have changed a thing. I think, though, that if I were to do it all again, I would have gotten different wedding programs printed. The first thing that needs to be considered when getting wedding programs is the actual program of the ceremony and the reception. There are many, many women who want complicated weddings, full of musical numbers and special speakers.
While this is all well and good, it is also very important to keep your guests abreast of the situation. Some wedding ceremonies require that the guests stand or sit at certain times, and you don’t want your friends being embarrassed if they are unfamiliar with your customs. Write down the order of what is going to happen throughout the ceremony. This will enable you to make sure that your wedding programs are the correct size and you won’t have to leave anything out when they are printed. The next thing that needs to be considered is the type of program that you would like. There are many different types of wedding programs available today.
There are wedding programs that have a dual purpose of not only instructing your guests about the ceremony, but which also act as fans to cool guests that start to overheat. There are wedding programs which are simply cards, outlining the ceremony. Yet other wedding programs can be bought which are little booklets. These booklet type wedding programs can be used for more than just outlining the ceremony; the bride and groom can used them to share a favorite poem or publicly acknowledge the help of others who have played a special part in the ceremony or in the lives of the couple. Great care needs to be taken by the bride and groom to choose wedding programs that will fit not only their personalities, but are also within their budget. After choosing the wording for the wedding programs, along with the type of wedding program that you would like, the bride and groom can then begin to discuss their options by way of colors, fonts and types of paper.
Most wedding programs will either be printed on cardstock or a linen paper, but the choice of colors for both the paper and the ink to be used is up to the happy couple to decide. It is important to remember that the color of the ink should be in sharp contrast to the color of paper that is being used; it is very hard to read silver ink that is printed on white linen paper. The colors should be in sharp enough contrast that guests can easily read what is printed on the program; the same applies to the type of font that is being used. A font that has too many embellishments is hard to read. Remember to make the programs legible for all guests.
If I could go back, I would have nicer wedding invitations. They would have clearly outlined the entire ceremony, not just the highlights. I would have included special dedications to my grandparents, who were all deceased before my big day. I would have also recognized my brother who was not able to attend our ceremony. I would have done things differently, it’s true; but I still would have married my sweetheart, the man of my dreams.