When we got married, I had no idea what people expected to see in the program. To be honest, to most brides that I work with – it is a very last minute piece of the wedding puzzle that gets put into place.
As an example, I am using the one I designed for my very own wedding. It may be almost two years old, but I am very happy with the the layout of this wedding program. About two months before our wedding, I started pulling together information and ideas that I wanted to incorporate.
My grandmother lived with us when I was a child. She is no longer with us, and I wanted to remember her during the ceremony and I chose to do so in our wedding program. Grandma was Scottish in heritage and was an avid bird-watcher. I decided to draw on that and base the program cover design off of a traditional Scottish Luckenbooth Symbol.
Representing love, loyalty and luck – what symbol could be better for a wedding ceremony? Usually the Luckenbooth image is that of two hearts entwined with the Queen’s Crown resting above. I added the fat happy birds, our initials -and- voila!
Since The Statue of Liberty made it onto our save the date and wedding invite, I decided to incorporate Lady Liberty’s Crown instead of that belonging to the Queen. A nice nod back to earlier wedding suite pieces, no?
Open up the program and on the first page you find the ceremony date and a thank you to the guests.
The inside left page has the wedding party names and relationship to you. Don’t forget to include the name of your wedding ceremony officiant. The inside right side has the ceremony order of events and a spot where you can write an “in loving memory” note. This is where I explained the design on the front of our program.
Turn the page again and you’ll see all the words to special readings in the ceremony. Since neither Mr. D or I are particularly religious, we had fun thinking outside the box! We had our officiant read William Shakespeare, Kahlil Gibran and from the Book of Ruth.
The Book of Ruth passage is one of my favorites. We repeat a version of it often by saying “Remember our vows? Wherever you will go I will go.” The actual saying is “Entreat me not to leave thee, nor to stay from following after thee, for whither thou goest, I will go and where thou logest, I will lodge. Thy people shall be my people and thy God my God.
On the back inside cover, a BIG THANK YOU. This is your chance to write something to your parents, a thank you of sorts for making you who you are and helping you to get where you are today. It is your chance to thank them publicly for everything they’ve done. “We would like to dedicate this ceremony to our parents. Not only have they taught us our values, but they have shown us how to love, laugh and appreciate all that life has to offer. Their generosity, support and love has brought us here today.” Also, I inserted one of my favorite and touching engagement photos – Mr. D kissing my forehead. This photo is easily removed from the program, in case wedding guests want one for their fridge or a picture frame.
I carried the Luckenbooth Symbol over into our post wedding thank-you notes. There was no need to explain the origin of the design as our wedding guests had been told the story in our wedding program. It was Spring time, so I brightened things up by converting the color scheme to black and white and bought in the fresh lilac envelopes for contrast – lovely! Who says you have to be matchy-matchy all the way through your wedding suite? It’s your wedding. Do it your way. ENJOY!