44 Perfect Wedding Ceremony Programs
Ceremony programs give your wedding guests insight into your big day. That's why we like to think of these paper products as so much more than just that—they're kind of like a cheat sheet to your big day. Whether you like the look of signs, individual booklets, or even palm leaves, these guides are a great way to welcome, inform, and thank guests.
The best part of designing your programs? No one style fits all. With so much room for personalization, there's hardly any for error, which is why programs often serve as a creative, fun wedding detail. Commemorate the exact spot of your vows by having an illustrator add your wedding arch to the front of a booklet. Looking for something more rustic? Adorn a distressed door with bright frames filled with everything guests need to know. From watercolor signs and repurposed vintage desks to letter boards and window panes, ceremony program inspiration is virtually everywhere you look.
That's not to say that you have to go rogue in the program department, though. Dress up traditional paper versions by attaching them to whicker fans (summer wedding guests will thank you!), string them together with pretty ribbon, or print them in a meaningful pattern—we're obsessed with this couple's programs that matched the pouch that held their wedding bands. Programs are a small part of your wedding ceremony—compared to heartfelt vows and that first kiss, they might even seem like an afterthought. However small, they're a chance to tell your loved ones your story, and the stories of those who helped you get to this defining moment. Like the rest of your nuptials, make your programs count.
Paper Daisies Stationery created a wooden program poster that was as pretty as it was informative. Guests received all the information they needed before taking their seats.
How pretty was the subtle floral pattern on this couple's monogrammed ceremony program?
Moody gray programs get a burst of brightness thanks to a pink and tangerine floral design—perfect for a late summer wedding.
Block the Aisle
Keep paper programs from blowing away in the breeze with monochrome blocks—providing rolled up blankets doesn't hurt either, especially if the day is particularly chilly.
Simple & Understated
Sometimes the best option is one that's simple and understated. These programs were finished with the couple's monogram and a floral wreath design.
A vintage desk, modernized with the addition of overgrown florals and an industrial lantern, served as the perfect backdrop for this southern bride's chalkboard wedding itinerary.
This bride combined something old and new with this vintage frame program. Adding a spray of blooms—we're loving the juxtaposition of burgundy roses and soft green eucalyptus—brought the frame right into the 21st century.
Chalkboard wedding signs are most definitely a trend, but this bride made it her own by adding a string of fragrant eucalyptus. Loosely draped, a greenery garland adds subtle sophistication.
Bird of a Feather
This bride's mother and brother worked together to hot glue single feathers to wedding programs. The result? A textured, natural effect that brought an interesting touch to an otherwise minimal look.
At a rustic Georgia ceremony, an old, distressed door became a unique program prop when adorned with framed blurbs about the couple's wedding party and love story.
Thanks to a white dry-erase pen (and masterful calligraphy skills!), a vintage mirror became the ultimate ceremony prop.
For her South Carolina nuptials, this bride kept her guests comfortable by fitting ceremony programs onto wide whicker hand fans—which also doubled as wedding favors.
Through the Window
Strategic spray-painting and pretty handwriting meant a repurposed window pane became the perfect rustic ceremony program.
At a minimalist Palm Springs wedding, a trendy letter board sign (yep, the same ones you're seeing all over Instagram) welcomed friends and family as they gathered for the ceremony.
Hosting your wedding at a restaurant? Consider covering the exterior door with an oversized greeting sign. Simples adds, like an itinerary or a description of who's who in the wedding party, would make this unique sign the perfect program.
These programs were unique two-sided paper fans—one side with a star map illustrating the precise view of the night sky the evening of the wedding and the other side outlining the ceremony and festivities to follow.
A simple illustration of Texas added a personal touch to Leah and Michael's chalkboard display.
These light blue wedding programs, topped with the happy couple's initials, included a short and sweet rundown of the ceremony.
Dual Citizenship Programs
These travel-inspired programs featured a linen cover, each guest's escort card, and a logo of crossed silhouettes of the British and American flags, representing the bride and groom's nationalities.
The covers of the program booklets were die-cut with the quatrefoil shape so that the couple's monogram peeked through the cutout.
Inspired by the island's native plants, the bride designed the programs (using her own inkjet printer!) with imagery resembling the fauna of the tropical surroundings.
At a North Carolina wedding, attendees were given a program, a pouch of lavender to toss during the recessional, and a wooden fan to beat the heat.
Tying up the Details
Hand-tied cards outlined the celebration's attendants, a combination of friends (from as far back as high school) and family.
Pretty in Pink
These programs were bound with hand-dyed silk ribbons that matched the wedding party's bouquets.
The bride put her artistry to work to design ceremony programs complete with a custom crest that topped the page.
These photo-filled programs, featuring highlights from a couple's relationship, double as a trip down memory lane.
The MOB sketched a wedding-day timeline to keep guests on schedule. At the top of the timeline, the couple's two cats, Selah and Thor, were illustrated in Highland wear holding a banner announcing the celebration of the "Day of Hope," while their dog, Harper Jo, was pictured next to a bonfire wearing L.L. Bean Boots.
These wedding programs asked guests to choose from a "Celebration Station" containing a buffet of noisemakers—and to hoot and holler when Summer and Bryan were pronounced husband and wife.
These graphic ceremony programs featured a floral motif that was also used in the wedding invitations.
In lieu of programs at this wedding, guests were given linen handkerchiefs printed with lyrics from the grooms' favorite song, "Sabali" by Malian duo Amadou & Mariam.
A summer camp-inspired suite from Smitten Studio showcased an arrow motif and silhouettes of the couple, which were printed on fans and programs.