I wrote about poems and quotes a few weeks ago, but I could not let this one slip by without mentioning it. We suggest wedding programs for many reasons. For instance, they unite the congregation with the ceremony, and serve as a great keepsake later on. Wedding programs acknowledge members of the bridal party who guests may not know, and they give structure to the ceremony. But my very favorite thing about wedding programs is that they set the tone for the occasion, and this verse is the perfect example. Why am I here? Love. Yesterday, today, and forever.

Poems and verses are included in the cost of the wedding program. You may follow our suggestions, or submit your own.

Incorporating Images in your Wedding Programs

Pictures or images help create a wedding program unique to your ceremony. Just like cover designs or dividers, you may submit a photograph or other image to use in your wedding program for no additional charge. Many times couples include pictures of themselves, but incorporating an image can serve other purposes as well. For instance, we provided wedding programs for a ceremony in which both the bride and groom's fathers were deceased. So, the couple decided to include pictures of them with their dads on one page of the program.

In the wedding program pictured here, the couple wanted to highlight the ceremony location which was The Citadel, a historic military institution in South Carolina. They sent us this image, and we sent them these beautiful wedding programs!

The wedding program shown is a "Kate" layout with black satin ribbon.

Wedding Program favorites

I LOVE these wedding programs! This is my favorite cover design on my favorite layout, and combined with such classic colors and fonts the result is stunning.

The wedding program shown is a "Christina" layout on white linen cardstock with cover design #919 and scarlet satin ribbon.

Color your ceremony

Wedding programs are a great way to further incorporate your colors into the wedding ceremony. Can't decide which ribbon color to choose? Follow this bride's lead and choose both. All of our wedding programs allow multiple font colors at no additional cost. This wedding program implements both ribbon colors as well by alternating milk chocolate and scarlet satin.

The wedding program shown is a Jackie wedding program on natural linen cardstock with scarlet satin ribbon and milk chocolate satin ribbon.

Would you get married for a monogram?

I have two cousins who were given no middle name. When they were born, circa 1959, these beautiful baby girls were handed to their smiling parents awaiting the few words which would become their constant companion throughout the rest of their lives. “Well, she’ll marry of course,” I can hear the conversation going. “Why give her a name she’ll only drop?” The idea seems outrageously old-fashioned to me. As foreign a concept as it may seem, however, once I heard this story I immediately called to mind three women in their early twenties whose parents had also made the decision to only bestow two names upon their daughters for the very same reason: why does she need this name if she’ll have her husband’s?

My cousin was very bothered by her lack of a middle initial as a child. Every embroidered jumpsuit or overnight bag served as reminder of what she didn’t have: a husband? No, a monogram. Now, this cousin of mine has been happily married for over twenty years and is the mother of one of my very best friends. I am not, necessarily, questioning her motives. I merely ask the question would you get married for a monogram?

I recently had embroidered two white linen pillowcases that had been my grandmother’s. My mother handed them to me and said, “Here, for your hope chest.” Speaking of a relatively foreign concept, a hope chest was a collection of household items, usually linens, a young woman accrued through her young years as a sort of “start-up package” for her future home. Since this chest was begun well before a husband was known, the pillow cases and bed sheets and such donned her maiden monogram. And, in homage to mothers past, so do mine. That is only possible of course because I have a third name. So, if I didn’t, would I marry to get one? Would you?

Monograms offer a beautiful option for your wedding program cover design and come for no additional cost. Though they provided inspiration for this blog entry, they do not actually require three names. Stay tuned for next Tuesday’s entry where I discuss those of us who do not intend on changing our names or simply seek a less formal wedding program look.