A program is fairly easy to create
and doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate. An 8 1/2 x 11"
piece of paper set up in landscape mode works well. You will
need to create 2 pages. One will be the front and back when the
sheet is folded and the other will be the inside. On the front,
list your names, the date, and location. On the back, some
people place a note of thanks to those who helped with the
wedding in special ways. Others scan in a picture of the bride
and groom, and others leave it blank.
For the inside, set up the page in
two columns. On the left side, place the ceremony order. It
doesn't have to be detailed. If you aren't sure, keep it
simple: seating of the mothers, processional, introduction,
vows, exchange of rings, pronouncement, presentation of the
On the right side, list the
participants in the ceremony and their relationship to you and
the groom. Start with the pastor, then the parents, then maid
of honor - "Susan Jones, sister of the bride" - and on down your
If you want to communicate
information to your guests, you can do it in the program. For
instance, you might say, "Please remain seated until the ushers
dismiss you." or "Please join us for the reception at The
Bishops House immediately following the ceremony ."