Outside The Box Wedding Programs

Because Wiregrass Weddings customizes wedding programs to your specifications, your programs can be as unique as you are. Here are some ideas that are "outside the box".

* Plan two wedding programs - one for the adults and one for children. For the children's program include a bride and groom coloring sheet, word find or dot to dot. Provide crayons tied with coordinating ribbon.

* Some brides have shared how they are honoring the old good luck adage "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue".

* If you are having your ceremony in an historical or architecturally significant sight add a guide of the space to your program.

* Some programs include stories or interesting facts of how the couple meet and even got engaged. For example one bride was the third generation to marry on the same month and day. We loved this unique fact and are so glad she included it in her wedding program.

*  Tell about any family heirlooms that are being used in the service -- a veil, a brooch, a family Bible, the kneeling bench, etc...

*  One of our couple's had a sand ceremony, which is common now instead of a unity candle.  What made their sand ceremony unique was that they blended sand from her home state's beaches with sand from his home state's beaches.

*  Include weird facts about your wedding party.  We've had one that said "Megan Stewart, my friend in chihuahuas" -- whatever that means???  I didn't get it, but I bet it was funny to them.  Another one we have done had funny quotes from each attendant.  Groomsman Will Stevens says "I wonder if Erin will still let me come over to play xBox with Rick after this ceremony is over?"

The point is, programs can be used to inform, entertain and communicate with your guest.  So go ahead, and think "outside the box"!

Wedding Programs for the Reception?

OK, so here is the couple's situation...they are having a private ceremony with their immediate family only, and want to have wedding programs for their guests at the reception, not the wedding.  How would you word this, what would you include?  

Here's what I think...  Make sure to include the names of the bride and groom and the date -- I look at wedding programs as you would a historical document.  Your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren may stumble across a copy of it when they are filling out the family genealogy information and they need to know your anniversary date!  You wouldn't need to include the order of your ceremony, but instead you could list the events of the reception.  Probably something along these lines:

*  Cocktail Hour (some people have this -- some don't!)

*  Introduction of the Family (bride's parents then the groom's parents)

*  Introduction of the Wedding Party (I would suggest including their names and possibly a brief description of their relationship to you, or even a sentence or two about each of them, make sure to include the flower girl and ring bearer)

*  Presentation of the Couple

*  First Dance

*  Blessing

*  Food Service

*  Toast by the Best Man (and possibly others...)

*  Mother and Son Dance

*  Father and Daughter Dance

*  Garter and Bouquet Toss

*  Cake Cutting

*  Exit

It would also be appropriate to include a special thanks to your family and guests as well as your new "at home" address.  A poem or verse would be a nice touch as well.

Pocket Wedding Invitations

These precious pocket wedding invitations took up the better part of our day today!  The dark brown part is a pocket-fold that folds up to fit in an A7 size outer envelope.  Single envelopes are used with pocket invitations, rather than the traditional double envelope because the pocket serves as the inner (and to keep down the weight for the postage).  There are so many parts to this invitation ensemble that it makes it an incredibly time-consuming project.  Four of us worked on these ALL DAY today.  We had to print everything and prepare the guest list from the customer.  Then, die cut the invitations, response cards and tabs.  The pockets already come cut and assembled from our supplier, but we did have to cut down the tan backer sheets.  Next was a LOT of gluing -- the backer sheets to the pocket, the invitations to the backer sheets, the tags to each other, then to the flap....  After the invitations were done, we addressed the envelopes for our customer, complete with their guest's mailing address on them.  They turned out so nice - can't wait for her to pick them up so we can see her reaction!