All About Wedding Ceremony Programs

Once you’ve mailed your wedding invitations and are spending your days waiting expectantly by the mailbox for replies, you might start thinking about all those other lovely paper details needed for your big day. One such detail is the ceremony program.

So, what exactly is a ceremony program?

Ceremony programs should outline for guests a basic run-down of what will occur during the ceremony.  They often also outline who’s who in the wedding party and families of the couple. Some types of information you may want to include in your program:

• Order of events: this might include processionals, readings, prayers, the exchange of vows, etc.

• Specific details about the ceremony: this could include specific music that will accompany the wedding party processional, names and origins of readings, music heard or performed throughout the ceremony, etc.

• Names of parents, grandparents and celebrants/officiants

• Names of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers and ushers

• Any notes or explanations about specific cultural or personal traditions that will take place during the ceremony

• Any notes of remembrance for friends or family who are no longer with you or who were unable to attend

• Any notes of thanks to your friends and family for their presence and guidance

Of course, your program should be a reflection of your event, your personalities and what feels right to you. There is no wedding police and every program is different so do not feel that you need to include everything listed above.  Instead, just think about what you would want to or care to read if you were a guest at your wedding.

What do ceremony programs look like?
Ceremony programs come in all shapes and sizes and those shapes and sizes largely depend on the amount of content you’d like included and your vision for the piece!

Will you be including each reading and prayer written out?  Then perhaps a traditional bound booklet or flip-style program will work best and provide the most room for larger amounts of content.

Getting married on a hot summer day? Program fans are fun and functional!

Opting for a minimalist style or on a tight budget? Flat panels provide a perfect space for a to-the-point program.

Feeling creative?  Programs can be designed in all sorts of creative ways to complement your event style, themes or your venue.  Scroll programs for an English garden wedding? Sure! A chalkboard program for a sweet backyard bash? Of course!

The sky is the limit to how creative, or how sweet and simple, you can make a ceremony program and, in the end, as long as the schedule ends with you getting married, it will be a success!

Design and Letterpress Printing of all the above: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Anneke & Austin’s Nautical-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Good morning, paper lovers!  Samantha & Whitney here from Gus & Ruby Letterpress. We have the immense privilege of guest blogging on the Oh So Beautiful Paper blog this week and we are just delighted to be here. To start things off, today we’re thrilled to bring to you a chic, nautical invitation suite that we’ve been squirreling away for a few months. This custom suite was crafted for an absolutely too-cute-for-words couple, Anneke & Austin, in need of wedding stationery for their Maine-coast nuptials.

Knowing that A&A wanted to feature the seaside location of their wedding venue, we set about crafting a suite that was both nautical, personal and playful but still classic, elegant and timeless.

To set the tone on all pieces, we paired classic typesetting, stunning hand calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones and a preppy palette of navy and pink and letterpress printed everything on thick, textural cotton. Navy edge painting and a blind-printed compass on the back of the extra-thick invitation added subtle pops to the clean design. Nautical pennants (burgees), hand-illustration and color backing papers pulled even more nautical elements into the reply and reception cards.

And, what really put the suite over the edge was the custom hand-sewn belly band made of recycled sail cloth that held all the pieces together. Each band was cut out of a piece of sail (previously used on a boat!) and sewn all by hand, and hand-cut monogram burgees were tied to striped twine around the band as a finishing touch.  The deep navy envelopes popped with stunning white calligraphy and featured custom nautical chart envelope liners as an added surprise for guests as they opened the suite.

The end result was an invitation suite (and then accompanying day-of pieces) that perfectly reflected the classic Maine wedding of this beautiful and lovely couple. See more photos of the Anneke & Austin suite (including the super fun poster-style save the date) HERE.

Design and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress

42 Pressed Giveaway Winner – and Discount!

Happy Friday everyone!  We’ve had a big week here at Oh So Beautiful Paper – it was so much fun to host a fabulous giveaway from 42 Pressed to help celebrate our four year blog anniversary and I’m super excited to announce the winner!  The lucky reader is…

Comment # 13 – Rocio

Yay!  A big congratulations to the lucky winner, and a huge thanks to all of you who entered!  For anyone who entered the giveaway, Jackie from 42 Pressed has extended a generous discount to all those who entered the giveaway: she’s offering a 25% discount for all wedding stationery orders placed in the next week!  And don’t worry, you don’t have to know all of your details just yet – just head over to 42 Pressed and place a deposit by September 21 using the code 42GIVEAWAYOSBP to receive the discount.  Thanks Jackie!

Quick Pick: Red Prairie Prints

I’ve been a huge fan of the super soft cotton tees and cardigans from Red Prairie Press for years, so I was thrilled when Rachel from Red Prairie Press let me know about these beautiful new art prints that she recently added to her shop.  I love her whimsical illustration style!

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Art Prints by Red Prairie Press via Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Art Prints by Red Prairie Press via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Art Prints by Red Prairie Press via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Check out more right here!

Photo Credits: Red Prairie Press

Oliver’s Pirate Theme Birthday Party Invitations

I was completely obsessed with the idea of pirate treasure as a young child, so naturally I love the idea of a pirate-theme birthday party.  Designer Megan McKean created these fun pirate map-inspired invitations for a sixth birthday party – complete with an illustrated treasure map and burned edges sure to inspire a child’s imagination to run wild.  So fun!

Pirate Birthday Party Invitations by Megan McKean via Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Megan: The client wanted an invitation for her son’s pirate themed 6th birthday. Incorporating ships, banners, and frames inspired by old maps, the illustration was digitally printed onto card. Each invitation was hand torn, stained, and the edges burned, to create a sense of excitement and adventure for the attendees. Dark gold envelopes and a nautical star seal were the finishing elements.

Pirate Birthday Party Invitations by Megan McKean via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pirate Birthday Party Invitations by Megan McKean via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Also created with the invitations were two custom illustrations, one for the birthday boy Oliver as a keepsake of his special day, and a Treasure Map for younger brother Isiah, so he wouldn’t feel left out amidst all of the birthday celebrations.

Pirate Birthday Party Invitations by Megan McKean via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pirate Birthday Party Invitations by Megan McKean via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pirate Birthday Party Invitations by Megan McKean via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pirate Birthday Party Invitations by Megan McKean via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks so much Megan!

Photo Credits: Megan McKean