6 Sentimental Touches to Include in Your Ceremony Programs
Once you've made sure your ceremony program's equipped with the essentials, like the order of the service, members of the wedding party and other key details (read what else to include in your program here), consider adding in other personal or sentimental extras. Remember, you don't want to overwhelm your guests with heavy reading material, so whatever you decide to include, keep it short and sweet, to the best of your ability. Here are few ways to make your programs a little more intimate.
1. Share Your Love Story
Some couples like to incorporate a romantic or funny anecdote about how they met and fell in love on their programs. This is a great idea, especially if you haven't shared it on your wedding website. Slip in a fabulous photo of you two if you'd like.
2. Explaining Ceremony Details
If you want to clue your guests in on ceremony details (and you should!), this is the place to do it. Write a note about why you chose your particular processional song—maybe your parents walked down the aisle to the same classical number, or it's the first romantic track you and your partner slow-danced to. Explain the symbolic meaning behind the blooms in the bouquet and boutonnieres, or why you've opted for a unity candle lighting or a Celtic handfasting ceremony.
3. Shout Out to the Maid of Honor and Best Man (or Other Wedding Party MVPs)
Whether you're related or absolute besties, your maid of honor and best man are probably your right-hand attendants—not just throughout the wedding process, but in life too. Give a special mention to the rock stars who've had an impact on your road to the altar with a fun story, sentimental shout-out and big thank-you.
4. Acknowledge Your Guests
Many couples like to thank all of their loved ones who've taken time out of their busy lives and traveled from near and far to help them celebrate this momentous day. Your guests will love a little nod of gratitude and feel even more excited to be there knowing their presence isn't going unnoticed or unappreciated.
5. Thank Your Parents
If you can't imagine your life (or your wedding!) without your parents, this is one sweet, meaningful place to let them know how much you love and appreciate them. Tell everyone how amazing they are and print a thank-you to your parents who've always supported, grounded, inspired and encouraged you.
6. Commemorate Deceased Loved Ones
Include a thoughtful passage in your program to honor any deceased loved ones or mention anyone who couldn't be there on your day due to illness or otherwise. You can mention that although they can't be there physically, you know they're with you in spirit. You can also include a photo of them or both of you together—it's always a nice touch.
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