15+ Creative Wedding Program Ideas
They say the devil is in the details, but I happen to think that personality is what makes any wedding shine. One of my favorite places to add creativity is in the wedding programs—they don’t have to cost a fortune to be a winner with guests. From whimsical to romantic to modern, here are a few of my favorite things (can you tell I’m in the holiday spirit?).
I’ve been in love with chalkboards for as long as I can remember, so this idea is my personal favorite. My mom was a schoolteacher for over 20 years and every day after class, I would make pretend that I was a teacher, just like her, by doodling all over the board! There are so many ways that you can incorporate this nostalgic element into your wedding. Check out more chalkboard-inspired décor here.
Photo Credit: Jessamyn Harris
How adorable is this crossword puzzle? You can also include fun facts about your bridal party—we can’t wait to try this steal-worthy idea.
Photo by Carl Zoch via OnceWed
Planning a destination wedding, like I am? Try a travel-inspired passport design for your wedding programs. Add customized ribbons in your wedding colors to the spine of the booklet.
Photo Credit: Asthetic Journeys on Etsy
Wedding planning hasn’t always been in my DNA, but interior design stole my heart a long time ago, so this color wheel-inspired program is just my style. If you’re just as obsessed with Pantone as I am—their color of the year for 2013 is emerald, my birthstone—then consider this color-happy design.
Photo Credit: Oh So Chic Designs on Etsy
Bridal party illustrations are hot on Pinterest lately. Silhouettes, in particular, have a timeless appeal and are ideal for classic brides.
Photo Credit: NMP Designs on Etsy
Check out out this free, printable Silhouette Wedding Monogram from Wedding Chicks. Tech-savvy brides can also create their own designs using Microsoft Word or Photoshop.
Photo Credit: Wedding Chicks
These cute, one-of-a-kind bridal party illustrations will leave all your guests smiling! Commissioning an Etsy artist to design these graphics is a splurge, but the programs make for a wonderful keepsake.
Photo Credit: Paper Maids on Etsy
Do you ever feel like you should have been born in a different era? These Mad Men-inspired wedding programs are sending me into a tailspin of retro goodness.
Photo via Stuart Folkes on Pinterest*
Are you an offbeat bride? These carnival-themed wedding programs are a quirky and fun choice!
Photo Credit: Sarah Ritter
I’ve seen bubbles used at so many weddings, but the way this program is packaged is quite adorable.
Photo Credit: Paper Goods by Julie on Etsy
Try printing your programs on a brown paper bag and filling it with confetti or flower petals to shower the bride and groom after the “I Dos.” I would recommend getting assistance from a printing pro for this one, given the unique canvas.
Photo Credit: Joel Loera
I may be DIY-challenged, but I’m a craft maven wannabe at heart. Budget-savvy brides can purchase both the program and the glassine bags at this Etsy seller’s store. For $10 more, you can customize the colors to match your bridesmaids dresses by providing a color swatch. Files can be e-mailed to your local copy store for printing if you don’t think your home printer can handle the task—talk about options!
Photo Credit: Print Your Party
If you’d like your wedding program to double as a wedding favor, then this beauty is a thoughtful gesture for warm summer days.
Photo Credit: The Crafty Missus on Etsy
Graphic designer/illustrator Julie Song creates my absolute favorite paper products. I’m a romantic bride with a love for whimsical and charming details; she somehow marries these elements into the sweetest of designs. If I said I adored their creations, that would be putting it lightly.
Photo Credit: Jose Villa Photography
You know your guests will turn on the waterworks during your vows—these “Tears of Joy” programs are one of the most thoughtful gestures ever!
Photo Credit: Brookelyn Photography
Pardon my Southern twang, but y’all, this program is too adorable. I love how they included a fun timeline leading up to their proposal.
Photo Credit: SparkVites on Etsy
Extra, extra: Share your love story with a newspaper-inspired wedding program! Plus, the back has a crossword puzzle, which will keep guests entertained until your big walk down the aisle.
Photo Credit: KoTwo Designs on Etsy