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What did your wedding program say?

I'm not having a church ceremony or service, so I'm not convinced we need programs, but my mom really wants them. It doesn't bother me at all, so I'm going with it.

I figure we'll list the members of the wedding party and give a general timeline of what's going to happen like:

Processional:
"Moon River"
"Rainbow Connection"
"A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes"

Ceremony:
Introduction by Officiant's Name
Performance by bride's uncle
Couple's vows
Whatever you call it when they pronounce you husband and wife

Recessional:
"Marry You"

Help me make this sound like I'm intelligent please.
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Re: What did your wedding program say?

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    Are these necessary? Is it expected that I will have one?

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    You'll never be subject to a cash bar, gap, potluck wedding, or b-list if you marry a Muppet Overlord.

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    what type of program are you using?  
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    AddieCakeAddieCake member
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    edited April 2013
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_what-did-your-wedding-program-say?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:9Discussion:e6f1464a-0a83-4d60-9e77-ce2a168808d2Post:5d3b19d7-7acf-4164-9b5c-ce2f97c20ee4">Re: What did your wedding program say?</a>:
    [QUOTE]Are these necessary? Is it expected that I will have one?
    Posted by MuppetFan[/QUOTE]


    Only if you want them.
    What did you think would happen if you walked up to a group of internet strangers and told them to get shoehorned by their lady doc?~StageManager14
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_what-did-your-wedding-program-say?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:e6f1464a-0a83-4d60-9e77-ce2a168808d2Post:348b1591-ec60-4dcf-84bf-2bd5e2b1aac1">What did your wedding program say?</a>:
    [QUOTE]I'm not having a church ceremony or service, so I'm not convinced we need programs, but my mom really wants them. It doesn't bother me at all, so I'm going with it. I figure we'll list the members of the wedding party and give a general timeline of what's going to happen like: Processional: "Moon River" "<strong>Rainbow Connection</strong>" "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" Ceremony: Introduction by Officiant's Name Performance by bride's uncle Couple's vows Whatever you call it when they pronounce you husband and wife Recessional: "Marry You" Help me make this sound like I'm intelligent please.
    Posted by CourtaniaLynn[/QUOTE]

    I'm sorry that I don't have anything useful to contribute here. But I love your song selections. You are very awesome. Moon River was a song I used to play on the piano.
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    You'll never be subject to a cash bar, gap, potluck wedding, or b-list if you marry a Muppet Overlord.

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    The components I am familiar with that most people include are:

    Front

    The Wedding of (or "The Union of" or "The Marriage of")
    Bride Full Name
    &
    Groom Full Name

    Location
    City, State (NO STREET ADDRESS, NO ZIPCODE)
    Date

    Optional on the front:

    a short quote
    a motif such as two doves or a monogram

    -----

    Inside:

    Music, listing off the composer or songwriter and composer, song like this:

    Johann Bach............................................."Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" <italics for song titles as well as '' or just one or just the other, I have seen it all three ways />

    So, you could do:

    Postlude:

    Composer/Songwriter...................................."song to play when people are waiting"

    Family Processional:
    Composer/Songwriter......................................."song you picked for this part"

    Wedding Party Processional:
    Composer/Songwriter......................................"song you picked for this part"
    Bridal Processional:
    Composer/Songwriter.........................................."Rainbow Connection" (and these lines of text should go from end to end, with margins on both sides, as with any textbox, so put as many dots as needed till the phrase is filling the box)

    After this, you can put the order of the rest of the ceremony:

    Opening Remarks:
    Rev. Person McHuman

    Performance of "XXX":
    Man Guy Dude, Uncle of the Bride


    Exchange of Vows

    Exchange of Rings

    Proclaimation (I now pronounce you...)

    Presentation (I now present...)

    Recessional:
    (music again)

    Prolude:
    (music again)

    Then also on the inside (other side of the paper, usually)

    Parents of the Bride:

    Parents of the Groom:

    Wedding Party:

    Officiant:
    Rev. Wedding Lady

    Musician (if one is performing):
    Mr. Music Musician, Guitarist
    Ms. Singer Songstress, Vocalist

    On the back:
    Thank you to parents & significant family members

    Also on the program somewhere (inside usually) please usually say a brief word about dearly departed loved ones, and list their names and titles.

    Mrs. Sad Goodbye, Grandmother to the Bride
    Mr. We Willmisshim, Grandfather to the Groom


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    Grammar nerd here. Just to be technical, song titles are in parentheses but NOT italics! But really, it's about what looks good to you in this case, and no one will care about the punctuation rules. :)
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    *not "Prolude" UGH I meant "Postludes"
    sorry


    And yes, not italics for song titles, but you could use your best judgement as to what looks best.  Also, if there is a reading, you would want to consider the text of that, and also

    Mrs. Aunt Auntie, presenting a reading of "Important Poem," by Poet Guy, in honor of the bride and groom.
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    Nothing. We didn't have one.
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    libby2483libby2483 member
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    edited April 2013
    In Response to Re:What did your wedding program say?:Grammar nerd here. Just to be technical, song titles are in parentheses but NOT italics! But really, it's about what looks good to you in this case, and no one will care about the punctuation rules. : Posted by fionahalliwell I'm not trying to be super picky, but I want you to do it right in the programs. Song titles are actually in quotes, not parentheses or italics. You could also put parentheses around them if you wanted to format it that way, but it isn't needed.
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    If you want to PM me your email I'll send you our word doc from our program.  It was a church wedding, but you could probably just delete a few pages and keep the outline.

    If you don't want to in the name of internet safety no hard feelings ;-) haha
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    Should've mentioned that they will be printed on cardstock, cut into the shape of a seashell and then made into a program/fan (beach wedding) so there won't be an inside. D'oh!
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    OMG, did I actually write parentheses? This is why I should always sleep before posting! 

    QUOTATIONS, Fiona, not parentheses...quotations. Whoops! I can't believe I even called myself a grammar nerd and everything. Y'all must think I'm an idiot! :p I promise I'm not! In my own head, anyway. Sorry about that!
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    bahahah; yeah, that makes a difference:-P

    What about something like this?

    Instead of the times/events I'd do the BP on the front.  Then do the timeline on the back

    I think what you posted above sounds good except I might do "Exchange of Vows" or "Vow Exchange" instead of couple's vows. I dont know that there's a formal term for the last bit... maybe pronouncement?  or declaration? this minister's site (link) calls it the declaration.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_what-did-your-wedding-program-say?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:e6f1464a-0a83-4d60-9e77-ce2a168808d2Post:c95c39da-f72e-49b9-a7e1-1991ff7379c3">Re: What did your wedding program say?</a>:
    [QUOTE]bahahah; yeah, that makes a difference:-P What about something like this? Instead of the times/events I'd do the BP on the front.  Then do the timeline on the back I think what you posted above sounds good except I might do "Exchange of Vows" or "Vow Exchange" instead of couple's vows. I dont know that there's a formal term for the last bit... maybe pronouncement?  or declaration? this minister's site ( link ) calls it the declaration.
    Posted by Kate61487[/QUOTE]

    <div>Thanks. I knew there had to be prettier words than what I was using :P</div>
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    Programs are something I'd forget and leave lying around and some poor guy would have to clean up after me. I think a lot of people would forget their programs or throw them out. It seems like a waste too me. You could just do a poster with all this info printed on it and displayed at the entrance to your ceremony site. It would save paper, be cheaper and less to clean up or throw out. Everyone who wanted to know the info in the program would be able to find it and those who didn't care wouldn't have to hold onto some paper for the ceremony and then throw it out.
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