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Wedding Tip #12: Wedding Ceremony Programmes

22 March 2017

Wedding Ceremony Programmes and Booklets can be an incredibly important part of your wedding day. At the same time, they can cause incredible pain and stress as you piece your booklet design and ideas together! While not necessarily a functional requirement, ceremony booklets are a great way to allow guests follow the order of your wedding ceremony, understand the wedding traditions and ceremony rituals you have chosen to incorporate as well as help keep your theme going for a lovely little keepsake for guests. Lastly, if anything, it gives a shout out to those who took part in your ceremony and details of the roles they played.

Here, we’re listed a few tips when organising your ceremony booklets.

Content

Before choosing a style or design for your booklet/programme, you must firstly decide the content of your wedding ceremony booklet. The content will no doubt be determined by the type of ceremony you are having (e.g. religious, non-religious). While most programmes will contain the names of all your wedding party, parent’s names and the name of the celebrant/priest that will be conducting the ceremony, the actual body is up to you. Whether you wish to have a full programme of service or keep things short and sweet, the content will decide the design and type of programme/booklet you require.

Looking for content templates? Mrs2Be have a handy downloadable templates for a number of ceremony types here

When settled on the content, we recommend showing this to your celebrant to get their input too.

Programme Design and Types

Wedding ceremony programmes and booklets can come in all shapes and sizes. From the simple one-page programmes or scrolls to the more elaborate booklets, the choice is endless. Feeling creative yourself or know someone up for a challenge? Why not design up your own wedding booklets for a little bit of wedding DIY. One-page or scrolled programmes can be simple for this, while lots of wedding stationary companies offer 'Ceremony Covers', allowing you to print out and bind your own booklets and have the nice cover.

Caricature Bicycle Booklet - Wedding Scribblers

Mr and Mr Booklet – Weddingprint.ie

Scrolls – Bespoke Bride

Art Deco – Love Posy Weddings

Finally, if you are looking for something more quirky or ambitious, why not think outside the box like the examples below!

Tissues Included - JANELLE BROOKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Illustrated Wedding Party - ECLECTIC IMAGES

Wedding Paddle - cordialpunchpress.com

Popcorn Box Programme - adornmagazine.com

Quantity

From previous weddings ceremonies hosted here at the hotel over the years, we have found that 1 booklet per couple attending the ceremony is more than enough. Make sure to keep a few yourself to send on to loved ones who could not make the day itself or for your own keepsake. Decide also how you wish your booklets to be distributed. Assigning an usher for the role is always a great idea, while placing all booklets in a basket at the entrance or asking your venue coordinator to place them directly on seats are viable alternative options.

Get organised early

As with all aspects of planning your wedding, try and organise your wedding programmes and booklets as early as possible. God knows you don’t want to be proof reading booklets or playing with ribbon and glue on the days leading up to the big day!

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