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How to Create a Wedding Program

By Charles Hopkins Published 12/14/2006 | Marriage

The main objective of a wedding program is to keep the wedding moving along so that guests will not get bored, the food will be served hot, and so everyone can enjoy themselves without feeling stressed. While some people will create a wedding program themselves, other people will hire a wedding planner that will make sure everything is going along smoothly. From beginning to end, the wedding planner will make sure that the wedding party is in place, the guests are seated, and the dining room is set up correctly to accommodate the number of people who are attending the wedding. If a wedding planner is not hired, then it will be up to the bride and groom, or someone in the family that will supervise the event and make sure that it is moving along according to the schedule.

A wedding program should begin with the wedding party. The ceremony should be explained and rehearsed so that everyone will know where they will need to be on the day of the wedding. This part of the wedding program is very personal and should be thought of carefully. There are religious concerns, personal preferences, and the place where the wedding is being held that will dictate the placement of people, and other items that will be used during the wedding. After the wedding ceremony, there should be food or cocktails served so that people do not become restless. Many times, a band will be hired to play before the food is served so that people can dance and talk. Wedding programs will vary on the times when all of this will occur, but it should be agreed upon before the ceremony.

The wedding program should also include when toasts will be given, where guests will be sitting, and other activities. Since weddings include different traditions, they should also be scheduled. This will allow for the wedding to move ahead without too many problems. Many times weddings stray from their programs, which is fine as long as the couple is having a good time. While few weddings stick to the plan exactly, weddings that are well organized should run smoothly for the entire evening.

Wedding programs will be created as one is planning their wedding. While they may have an idea of how they want their wedding day to go, it may change as they hire a band, find the place to hold the wedding, the types of food that will be served, and other issues. Being flexible is one way to create a program that is unique and one that will fulfill all obligations. When planning a wedding, it is important to relax and to have a good time. This can be a stressful time in a persons life, planning ahead will help alleviate some of this stress. Other ways to eliminate stress is to hire a wedding planner or throw a small wedding that will require less planning. Many people would rather do that than plan a large wedding.