OK, so here is the couple’s situation…they are having a private ceremony with their immediate family only, and want to have wedding programs for their guests at the reception, not the wedding. How would you word this, what would you include?
Here’s what I think… Make sure to include the names of the bride and groom and the date — I look at wedding programs as you would a historical document. Your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren may stumble across a copy of it when they are filling out the family genealogy information and they need to know your wedding date! You wouldn’t need to include the order of your ceremony, but instead you could list the events of the reception — something along these lines:
* Cocktail Hour (some people have this — some don’t!)
* Introduction of the Family (bride’s parents then the groom’s parents and so on…)
* Introduction of the Wedding Party (I would suggest including their names and possibly a brief description of their relationship to you, or even a sentence or two about each of them, make sure to include the flower girl and ring bearer)
* Presentation of the Couple
* First Dance
* Food Service
* Toast by the Best Man (and possibly others…)
* Mother and Son Dance
* Father and Daughter Dance
* Garter and Bouquet Toss
* Cake Cutting
It would also be appropriate to include a special thanks to your family and guests as well as your new “at home” address. A poem or verse would be a nice touch as well.