While wedding programs aren’t a necessary element to your wedding ceremony, they’re a nice touch that guests will appreciate. Kind of like the Playbill, they outline the main acts and the key players of your wedding ceremony and typically include a list of all the participants as well as a short list of the ceremony components. If you’re including reading or musical elements, you can include these as well so guests can follow along if you’d like, but it’s certainly not necessary.
Wedding ceremony programs can be structured as one pagers or as small booklets, depending on your preference. If you’re ordering these from a stationary supplier, costs can add up quickly, especially on multi-page booklets. Easy to follow templates with print at home instructions are an awesome way to skip the expensive stationary stores while still providing guests with the same ceremony experience. If that seems like too much of a project, many online shops have inexpensive, customizable options that you can order at a low cost.
We’ve included some traditional programs, some program kits, and some out of the box ideas below. If you’re in process of getting all your wedding paper goods together, don’t miss these past guides on the best DIY wedding invitations, the best wedding table numbers, the best place cards, the best wedding welcome signs, and the best guest book ideas.
1. Gold Foil Dot Printable Programs
Coming out to just 32 cents a pop, these gold foil print at home programs are a gorgeous addition to any ceremony and will keep guests informed as you exchange your vows. The set includes 50 printable program covers, 50 printable program paper inserts, and 50 strands of matching ivory and gold twine used to bind them. The combination of the neutral ivory base and sparkly metallic confetti-like dots makes for such a fun and festive feel. If you’re looking to print all your paper goods at home, don’t miss these coordinating invitations, thank you cards, and escort cards.
Price: $16.07 for 50
2. Beach Wedding Program Fan
Yellow Dot Paper Co. has a ton of ceremony programs to choose from but we love the originality and creativity behind these the most. While they’re a bit pricier, there’s no question that so much time and effort goes into making each one absolutely perfect. The fan features a design with three different layers of card-stock, themed to look like a wave, and perfect for a destination wedding. The scalloped wooden handle is mounted in between pages so the back of the handle doesn’t show for a professional and clean finished look.
Price: $3.95 each
3. Personalized Wedding Fan Programs
These contemporary wedding fan programs mix several colors and fonts for a unique wedding program. While it has the same information as a more traditional wedding program, it’s presented in a fun, modern, way that guests will love. You can browse through the photos to see the various design options. Keep in mind that you will have the opportunity to see a proof before the final version is printed.
Price: $20 for 10
4. Rustic Wedding Welcome Sign & Program
Forgo individual wedding program cards all together for this unique idea. Rather than printing on paper and handing a program to each guest, they will have the opportunity to read about the wedding party or even the wedding ceremony order of events as they enter the ceremony space. The sign is unique and impressive, completely hand painted and measuring 36 inches tall and 18 inches wide. The cost is also reasonably and will likely be in line with what you would spend on programs for a moderately sized wedding. The Heart and Hand is home to some other awesome wedding signing. Check it out here.
5. DIY Designer Fan Program Paper Kit
This kit has everything you need to create, print, and assemble your very own wedding ceremony programs at home. It includes 50 program paper fans (made from thick card stock), 50 wooden sticks, 108 glue dots, a CD with design templates, test printing sheets, and easy to follow instructions. At less than $1 each, you can take care of designing and printing these in just a few hours, hassle free. Cathy’s Concepts has several different DIY program designs so if this one isn’t your style, browse some alternative options here.
Price: $40.99 (18 percent off MSRP)
6. Ivory Trifold Programs Printable Wedding Programs
If you’re someone with a simple and classic style, these ivory trifold programs might be just what you’re looking for. The kit includes step by step instructions for laying out a custom program design and then printing it at home. The design is sophisticated and traditional with thick ivory paper and pretty black font. The kit includes 50 programs (with three test sheets), which measure 3.65 by 8.5 inches. If you do want to add a little something to the otherwise simple design, consider placing one of these mini satin black bows at the top of each program’s front flap.
Price: $10.72 for 50 (28 percent off MSRP)
7. Humorous Custom Wedding Program
If you’re the type of couple who likes to make your friends and family laugh, then we love this option for your ceremony which reads more like a story than an actual program. It’s unique in so many ways, with the text customized to reflect your relationship and the specifics of your ceremony. So much thought, creativity, and typesetting is involved in the creation of this masterpiece which is not only funny, but also very attractive. The program is printed on heavy kraft colored card stock and measures eight inches square.
Price: $21.50 for 10
8. Black & White Wedding Ceremony Program Kit
This program set keeps things simple and easy with a black and white program design that can be printed at home. The kit includes 160 printable program papers (four sheets per program), 40 program backers, and 40 pieces of pre-cut ribbon. If you like the black and white color scheme, shop here for additional black and white wedding decor details.
Price: $27.99 for 40
9. Black & White Wedding Program Booklets
Printing at home certainly can help to save money; however, if that seems like too much of a headache, this is one of the many options on this list that can be ordered printed and ready to go. The design is very simple, but elegant in every way. The formal one page wedding program features a personalized monogram and is printed on textured linen card stock in either while or cream. For another option, check out this alternative program from the same shop.
Price: $1.80 each
10. Mason Jar Wedding Program Fans
Brides planning a rustic or country wedding should consider passing up the more traditional wedding programs on this list for these mason jar programs. They’re fun and unique and it’s thoughtful details like this that help tie a wedding together. These function as both a program and a fan and come fully assembled with a wooden handle. They’re also personalized with your information. If you’re running with the mason jar theme, check out other must have mason jar items here.
Price: $20 for 10
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