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Sticking Up for the Little Guy
Posted on July 28, 2014 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
In recent months, I’ve come across many posts & comments about how wedding ceremony programs are just unnecessary. Brides have come up with many reasons to exclude them – some of the popular excuses I’ve found are:
 
  •     Guests just toss them after the ceremony
  •     Everyone knows who’s in the wedding party
  •     No one even looks at them
  •     It’s an unnecessary expense
I seriously beg to differ that they are a waste of time. Here is my rebuttal…
  1. These little cards are a wonderful, affordable way to subtly tie in your colors, monogram, or theme you’re using throughout the wedding. {Remember – it’s all in the details!}
  2. Your guests WILL look at them. Don’t you always appreciate it when the bride & groom provide you with information about those closest to them {the wedding party}, as well as what’s going on & what’s coming up next in the ceremony? You might also consider including song lyrics or readings/poems used during your ceremony – another great way to keep your guests engaged.
  3. Give your guests a reason to KEEP the program! Include your address where you’ll reside after the wedding, so guests can keep in touch with you. And why not also provide your photographer’s website/blog/gallery link, so they can view your wedding photos? Some guests even hang onto them for inspiration when tackling their own {or a son/daughter’s} wedding programs.
  4. When done right, programs can actually be extremely easy on the wallet. Have door greeters hand out the programs, giving only one per couple or family. This easy addition will greatly cut down on the number of programs needed. Also, be sure to check with your stationery vendor – a lot of them offer discounts on additional stationery if you ordered your invitations through them or order multiple items (menus cards, table numbers, favor tags, etc).
Don’t take your wedding programs for granted – they are truly underestimated! These can be a chic & affordable way to add color to the ceremony and keep your guests informed. I can say firsthand that the gesture will not go unappreciated!
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I’m a country girl, small business owner, wife, mother of three, and a proud alumna of Purdue University (Boiler Up!).
 
Wondering what life is like for a busy mom with a graphic design & laser cutting business? My days are filled with pretty paper, blissful brides, half-finished sketchbooks, half-eaten lunches, and lots of cuddling with my little ones. I look forward to sharing with you all of life's fun happenings (both in & out of the studio) here on the blog!