As we anxiously await our wedding photos I thought I might blog about our wedding programs. This was the trickiest piece of our entire suite for me to conceptualize and design. Wedding programs can be executed so many different ways that even I found the options to be overwhelming and I print wedding related stationery all the time! Questions I asked myself: Should we do booklet style? Should there be multiple pages? Should the paper be cut into a beautiful shape? Should we make them into super useful hand fans? Should we fold them? Should the wording be elaborate or minimal? Should we include the text of the readings? Should we include the names of the entire bridal party, should we include how we know them? It is enough to drive a bride crazy! Finally we just decided to keep it simple… very simple (though the hand fans would have been genius since it was about 100 degrees that day in Napa!).
We decided to go with a single sheet. Our suite had been very simple all the way through and we liked the cleanness of a one page program. Next we decided to incorporate the twigs from our overall theme but tweak it so that this page was very distinct. We also wanted some fun tossed in so we decided to frame A <3 C inside the branches- a nod to when I used to write that same phrase on my notebooks in high school! The colors were also a no-brainer for us- pale pink and pewter- our accent colors. Since there was so much purple during the ceremony in the form of ribbons, bridesmaid dresses, boutonnieres and my bouquet we wanted a non-competing program. And those were the easy choices! The hardest decisions were text-based. In the end, we decided to go VERY minimal. We didn’t include the text of the readings that my step-mom and C’s mom did. We included the names of the bridal party but not how we knew them. In essence our programs were like a fairy-tale: simple, sweet and so us. Check them out:
I think when navigating the wild waters of wedding programs you just have to stay true to your own wedding personality. Your wedding is all about you and every detail should reflect that, especially the drop-dead gorgeous wedding stationery! I know, totally something I read in Martha Stewart ;) But you know she’s right!