25 Ceremony Program Ideas You'll Love

Whether you're having intimate garden nuptials or a glamorous cathedral ceremony, here are program ideas to inspire you.
by Libby MacCarthy

Your ceremony programs are essentially a marriage run of show and a helpful way for guests to follow along with the service. As long as your programs include all of the information you want to communicate with your guests—names of wedding party members, readings, musical selections, a thank-you note—you have free rein to choose whatever materials, style, colors and fonts feel special to you. Here are 25 ceremony program ideas we love, ranging from traditional to out-of-the-box, to give you some inspiration.

  1. 1. Experiment With Typography and Calligraphy

    Nautical themed ceremony program
    photo by Krystal Akin Photography

    Mix and match font styles in your wedding program for a dynamic, modern look.

  2. 2. Have Them Double as Favor Packaging

    Tissue ceremony program
    photo by Janelle Brooke Photography

    Print your programs onto a favor bag and you can provide your guests with essentials like first-aid kits, snacks and lip balm.

  3. 3. Go Simple With Thick Ribbon Bows

    Ribbon bow ceremony program
    photo by L Photographie

    Ribbons tied into a simple bow add a burst of color and complete the look of these minimalist programs.

  4. 4. Use a Custom Stamp

    Custom stamp ceremony program
    photo by Graham Terhune Photography

    Create a stamp of your motif or joint monogram and use it to customize your wedding programs, favors and other day-of details.

  5. 5. Turn Them Into Cootie Catchers

    Cootie catcher ceremony program
    photo by Kellan Studios

    Cootie catchers aren't just for kids—they're also a playful and interactive way to give your guests the lowdown on your ceremony.

  6. 6. Add a Confetti Pocket

    Confetti ceremony program
    photo by Kate Mathis

    These bright programs open up to reveal a pocket filled with fun confetti for a colorful exit toss.

  7. 7. Insert an Interactive Surprise

    Infographic
    photo by CLY BY MATTHEW

    Include a fun, unique surprise inside each program, like a little tube of celebratory bubbles to accompany your ceremony info and love story.

  8. 8. Use Sheet Music

    Sheet music ceremony program
    photo by The Photo Love

    These timeless ceremony programs wrapped with twine and sealed with wax are perfect for a vintage-inspired affair or a music-loving couple.

  9. 9. Enlist a Chalkboard Artist

    Chalkboard ceremony program
    photo by The Nichols Photography

    Cut down on paper and add a playful vibe to your ceremony décor by swapping traditional wedding programs for a giant chalkboard sign.

  10. 10. Create a Photo Op

    Ceremony program fans
    photo by Kate Mathis

    With ceremony info on one side, happy exclamations on the other, these festive wedding programs double as fans to keep your guests cool, and triple as cute photo booth props for later.

  11. 11. Attach Tissues

    Tissue ceremony program
    photo by Tanja Lippert Photography

    Do your guests a favor and offer sweetly packaged tissues inside folded programs.

  12. 12. Play With Layers

    Layered ceremony program
    photo by Ned Jackson Photography

    Have a lot to say? A tabbed program will give you plenty of room to share lots of details in one place. Maybe it's your "how we met" story, a list of your attendants or explanations about religious traditions—there's room for it all.

  13. 13. Use a Photo of You Two

    Engagement photo on ceremony program
    photo by Brett & Jessica

    Put throwback photos or engagement snaps to work on the cover of your program.

  14. 14. Draw Inspiration From Your Venue

    Customer sticker ceremony program
    photo by Jusin & Mary Photography

    Having a seaside ceremony or exchanging vows at your childhood summer camp? Give a nod to your unique locale through a pretty motif on the programs.

  15. 15. Go All Out on Your Theme

    Themed ceremony program
    photo by Alicia Pyne Photography

    For a vintage or art-deco affair, embellished borders and fancy fonts channel the old-world charm of retro labels.

  16. 16. Give a Nod to Your Invitations

    Programs with insignia
    photo by Cory Ryan Photography

    You loved your invitations, so why not use the same style for your ceremony programs? Coordinate the paper and typefaces so your guests immediately make the connection.

  17. 17. Illustrate Your Wedding Party

    Illustrated ceremony program
    photo by Eclectic Images

    Pair those wedding party introductions with silhouettes, quirky illustrations or Bitmojis of your crew to add a little something extra.

  18. 18. Choose a Playful Pattern

    Chevron pattern ceremony program
    photo by Genevieve McKeiver Photography

    Let your wedding style inspire your programs—decorate them with one of the day's décor motifs or color schemes, like pink chevron, airy feathers or floral wreaths.

  19. 19. Go for Grommet Fans

    Grommet fan ceremony program
    photo by Justin Demutiis Photography

    These sophisticated fans keep guests cool and reveal information about the ceremony on each fold.

  20. 20. Tie a Fresh Sprig Around Each One

    Rosemary ceremony program
    photo by Rad Photographer

    Add an earthy, fragrant touch to your ceremony programs with herbs, flowers or other greenery.

  21. 21. Create Your Own Newspaper

    Newspaper Program
    photo by Leslie Gilbert Photography

    Throw it back with a printed newspaper-style program. This fun idea gives you ample room to play with words and share stories of your journey to the altar.

  22. 22. Use Eco-Friendly Paper

    Cardboard ceremony program
    photo by Jen Lynne Photography

    Don't forget about the environment and print your programs on seed paper. Your programs then become a favor your guests can plant in their gardens!

  23. 23. Feature Your Favorite Quote

    Quote ceremony program
    photo by Leigh Miller Photography

    Put a personal touch on your wedding programs with your favorite quotes, lyrics or passages.

  24. 24. Design Them Like a Playbill

    Playbill ceremony program
    photo by Ashley Therese Photography, LLC

    Love theater? Put your engagement photos to good use in your wedding program and create a Broadway-esque original.

  25. 25. Print Them on Fans

    Watercolor fan ceremony program
    photo by ASHLEY WEST PHOTOGRAPHY

    Attach a simple handle to your programs to transform them into fans. Perfect for outdoor, warm-weather nuptials or a historic ceremony venue with no air-conditioning.

  26. Search ceremony program pros in your area here.

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