Sample Wording: What Goes in a Wedding Program

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Imbue You Lattice Square Program

Wedding programs can be as simple as a panel card, or an elaborate booklet. In either case they are a nice way to commemorate your wedding, acknowledge your wedding party and make it easy for guests to follow along.

To make it easy for your to finalize your own program wording, I’ve pulled together an anatomy of a wedding program with sample wording and things to consider to make it even more personal.



The couple’s names, wedding date and time, plus location are usually found on the cover of a folded program or at the top of a panel style program.

You may also wish to include a quote or poem here.

Some wording options:

The marriage ceremony uniting
The marriage ceremony of
The wedding celebration of

Daniella Rosas
Thomas Richardson

May 4, 2012
La Luna Resort
Los Cabos, Mexico


Imbue You starfish fan wedding program

Order of Service or Wedding Ceremony

As a starting point, these are some common parts of a wedding ceremony. You can leave them outlined like below for casual weddings or when using panel style wedding programs. Or you can go into more detail, by listing music titles, musicians, reading selections, readers or more.

Musical Prelude

Seating of Families

Processional of the Bridal Party

Bride’s Processional

Prayer or Welcome Message

Giving of the Bride

Declaration of Intent


Exchange of Vows

Blessing and Exchange of Rings

Lighting of the Unity Candle


Pronouncement of Marriage

Presentation of the Couple



Imbue You Indian Lotus Wedding Program inside

Wedding Party

There is where you list your wedding party. In addition to your bridesmaids and groomsmen, you may wish to list your parents and officiant. You can also list ushers, musicians, soloists and readers in this area.


Imbue You Mexican wedding program back

Special Thanks

It’s also nice to thank your guests for attending your wedding and/or acknowledge your parents and family.

Sample thank you:

We would like to thank each of you for celebrating with us here today. It means so much to us that we are able to share this day with our family and closest friends. We truly appreciate all your love and support as we join our lives together.

Our thoughts are with those loved ones that could not be with us today but are here in spirit.


Other Things to Consider

  • Poems and quotes: Add a favorite quote or romantic poem that matches your personality as a couple.
  • Note of remembrance: You can acknowledge loved ones who have passed away and are missed on your wedding day. Here are more ideas on how to honor deceased loved ones in your wedding program.
  • Explanation of cultural traditions, such as with Indian weddings, help your guests follow along.
  • Prayers: If you are including prayers that guests will also be saying, such as call and response prayers, you may want to include them in the program.

{All photos and handmade wedding stationery designs by Imbue You Wedding}

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The 8 most important things your destination wedding guests need to know

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Imbue You Palm Tree Save the Date Postcard

When I go anywhere I like to be super prepared. And I’ve usually researched the heck out of it beforehand to know where to go, what to do and if I need an umbrella or mosquito spray.

Likewise, if you’re planning a destination wedding your guests will want to know these too…and more.

The best thing you can do for your guests is to make them feel comfortable. In many cases they haven’t been to your lovely wedding spot and may not know what to expect. They don’t know what to budget or pack.

And that’s where your information packet or wedding website comes in. After where you’re getting married and when, here are the most important things to tell your guests when planning a destination wedding:


Any Discounts

You’ve likely blocked off hotel rooms at a discounted rate, or negotiated a lower group fare with an airline. Letting guests know what discounts are available will help them as they budget and plan to attend. Also let them know exactly what they need to do to get these discounted rates.


Important Deadlines

Do they need to book by a certain time? This doesn’t just apply to hotel rates or airfare. If a favorite activity in your locale has a deadline, such as a play or golf venue, let them know that as well.


What to Pack

Do they need to bring formal wear, casual or something special. For instance, one of our couples was getting married on a ranch and wanted people to have cowboy attire. Also what’s the weather like during the time of year you’re getting married? Will they need a light jacket in the evenings?


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What to See and Do

What are the special activities and sights they shouldn’t miss. Or are you organizing activities, such as a welcome party, post wedding brunch, or walking tour.


How to Get Around

Are there shuttle buses at the airport? How do they get to the venue from the hotel? Is there local public transportation to local sights, or are cabs and car rental places easily available?


What to Expect

Include information about where you are getting married, and any local customs or traditions that they should know about.


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Important Contacts

Be sure to include contact information for the hotel, your travel agent and any special services, tours or activities that must be booked in advance.


About Childcare

Are you providing childcare, or are there childcare options for people bringing children?

{photos and handmade designs by Imbue You Wedding}

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Best of 2012: Unique Invitation Wording for Destination Weddings

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Imbue You Palm Tree Wrap Invitation

Today we reach the last in our series of popular features from 2012. And I’ve saved the best for last.

It’s a collection of interesting, more personal ways to word your wedding invitations. These work great for the informality of many destination weddings, but also for local weddings with punch.


Destination weddings are so often about sharing your special day with your closest family and friends. So why not have wedding invitation wording that reflects that? Destination invitation wording can be less formal and more personal.

So some of the more formal rules about writing out the day, time and year, and the “honor of your presence” don’t have to apply! Feel free to add quotes, sayings and personal messages to make your wedding invitation a more meaningful, heartfelt invitation to those you love.

Here are some invitation wording examples, many which were used by couples we’ve worked with over the years.

The pleasure of your company is requested
for a week in the sun
and the marriage of
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
on Wednesday, the twelfth of December
two thousand twelve
at six o’clock in the evening
Ko Samui, Thailand


Under the desert sky,
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
wish for the honor of your company
at their wedding ceremony
and celebration of Love
on Saturday, the 21st day of July
Boulder Mountain Ranch
Boulder, Utah


Because you have believed in us,
Celebrated with us, Loved and encouraged us,
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
ask you to join us
in celebrating our marriage
as we begin of our adventures together
on Saturday, July 21, 2012
at 4 pm
Valley Mountain Resort
Portland, Oregon


Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards

Love is in the air …
we make a great pair!
You’re invited to attend
our wedding affair.
on Saturday, October 20th
at 4 o’clock in the afternoon
Cedar Park Rainforest
Kuranda, Queensland


Your love and friendship have
helped us become who we are.
Together with our parents,
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
invite you to share our joy
and support our love,
as we exchange vows and
celebrate our marriage.
on Saturday, August 25th
at 5 o’clock in the evening
Ka’anapali Coffee House
Maui, Hawaii

Dinner and merriment to follow


Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
along with their families,
invite you to their barefoot celebration of love
as they are married on the beach
Saturday, June 23, 2012
5 pm
Santa Rosa Boulevard Park
Okaloosa, Florida
food, drink, and merriment to follow


With joyous hearts,
we invite you to share in our weekend of celebration
as best friends become husband and wife
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
on Saturday, the ninth of June
Two thousand twelve
at five o’clock in the evening
The Inn By the Sea
444 Main Road
Baltimore, Maryland


Together we laugh, we dream, we love,
and on this day, we marry

Please share in our joy as
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
exchange wedding vows
on Thursday, February 14
at 6 pm
Crescent Ranch
Mt. Vernon, Washington
Dinner and dancing immediately following


Come Fly With Us!

Please join
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
as we begin the trip of a lifetime
by uniting in marriage
Saturday, July 21, 2012
6 pm
Grand Sun Resort
Cancun, Mexico

Dinner, dancing and merriment to follow

Want more? Click here for handmade invitations with layers, enclosure booklets and folds perfect for destination weddings.

{Photo by Imbue You Wedding}


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Best of 2012: How to Honor Deceased Relatives in Your Wedding Programs

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Mexican Tile Wedding Program by Imbue You

Whether you celebrate Christmas or just had some time off to spend with family and friends, I hope the last couple of days were delightful and joyful!

I’m spending time in NYC with my mom and having a great time. And today I’m bringing you another best of 2012 feature: How to honor deceased relatives in your wedding programs.

At the holiday and joyous occasions like weddings, our thoughts often turn to those who are no longer with us. This feature offers some ideas on how to bring these special people into your special day, while keeping the mood celebratory.


On one of the happiest days of your life, how do you remember and honor deceased parents or family members? Your wedding ceremony program can be a perfect way to do that. It’s a key memento of your wedding for guests, so it’s a wonderful place to honor those you miss on your wedding day.

A Note of Thanks

One of the most common ways couples honor deceased family and friends, is a note of remembrance in the thank you section of the wedding program. This can be as simple as a sentence like this: “Our thoughts are with those loved ones who could not be with us, but are here in spirit.” Weddings are joyous occasions and for those who want that to be the focus, a short note is respectful and appropriate.

A Ceremony Acknowledgement

You can also incorporate the remembrance of family members in your ceremony or at your reception. Ideas include candles on the alter of a church ceremony or photos of family at a special remembrance table.  In that case, feel free to mention in your wedding program that you have set up something special and where it’s located. “Candles on the the alter have been placed in loving memory of family members who are no longer with us.”

A List of Names

You may also wish to list dear family members by name and their relationship to you under a heading in your wedding program, such as “In Loving Memory” or “We Remember”. If appropriate, list members from both sides of the family. But take care not to list too many names, in order to keep the focus on this happy occasion.

A Dedicated Message

The absence of parents can be especially hard on your wedding day. A poem or quote can be a poignant way to express your feelings in a wedding program for key people you have lost. One bride we are working with is using this poem and dedicating it in memory of her father:

If flowers grow in Heaven
God, please pick a bunch for me,
place them in my Father’s arms
and tell him they’re from me.
Tell him I love him and miss him
and when he turns and smiles,
place a kiss upon his cheek
and hold him for a while.
Because remembering him is easy,
I do it everyday,
but there’s an ache within my heart
because I’m missing him today.
When everything is said and done
I will cherish this day and smile,
because I know my Daddy is here with me
as I am walking down the aisle.

As you begin to think about how you want to remember deceased family on your wedding day, you’ll want to figure out how much will be personal and how much will be more visible to guests. And it’s those things that are visible to guests that are appropriate for your wedding program.

{Written by, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

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Best of 2012: Meaningful DIY Bridesmaid Gifts

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DIY bridesmaid gift locket with note

Continuing my best of 2012 series is this feature on personal and meaningful DIY bridesmaids gifts.

When you want to make gifts for your bridesmaid because it’s more special, because of budget or both, it can be hard to think of something that would be a “good enough” gift. So I pulled together these ideas for you.

I hope they inspire you!

Bridesmaids gifts are not only a thank you for helping you with and through your wedding. They are also a token of friendship. Making your bridesmaids gifts yourself can be a great way to create something personal and meaning that can be cherished by your bridesmaids after your wedding day.

Here are some ideas for DIY bridesmaids gifts:

DIY pearl ribbon necklace

DIY Pearl and Ribbon Necklace (or Bracelet)

Jewelry is a great gift for bridesmaids as they can wear it on your wedding day and afterward as a remembrance. With a handmade ribbon and pearl necklace or bracelet you can choose your bridesmaid’s favorite color for the ribbon. Find the tutorial for this ruffled necklace on YouTube by Made by Marzipan and a simpler version on Flax and Twine. {Photo by Fabricate by Anna}


DIY gift locket with note

Vintage Locket with Personal Note

What’s more personal than telling someone what they mean to you? We recently created a set of bridesmaid gift bookmarks with a personal note from the bride. And in that same vein, I love this locket idea with a personal note inside. Choose a locket style for each of your bridesmaids, and add your own special note, quote or inside joke. Find the secret note tutorial at 100 Layer Cake.


DIY handmade journals

Handmade Journals or Albums

For bridesmaids who love to write, journal or scrapbook, a handmade journal can be really special. Create meaningful covers from decorative papers, photo collages of past experiences or favorite quotes. I found the above journal kit from Erin Zam on Etsy or you can learn how to make your own simple journal from Samantha Hahn’s Maquette blog.


DIY vintage tin candle gift

Handmade Vintage Tin Candle

Create personal candles for each of your bridesmaids from vintage tins. Depending on their personality, tins you choose can range from classically beautiful to gloriously kitschy. Find the step-by-step tutorial at Design Sponge.


DIY bath salts gift

DIY bath fizzers gift

DIY Bath Pampering Set

Give your bridesmaids the gift of relaxation with a personalized bath pampering set. Choose her favorite scents, oils and colors to make a truly tailored gift. Find the bath salts tutorial at The Craftinomicon and the bath fizzing bomb tutorial at Garden Therapy.


DIY apothecary bottle

DIY Apothecary Bottle

For your bridesmaids who love glamour, hand decorated apothecary or perfume bottles could be a special gift. There are many shapes and sizes available. Provide them empty for her to fill, or fill them yourself with favorite bath oils or scents. Find the tutorial including label printable at Bridal Guide.


handmade business card wallet

Handmade Business Card Holder or ID Wallet

From sweet to sassy create business card or ID wallets that fit your bridesmaids’ personalities. These holders above feature beautiful Japanese papers.  But you can make holders from a variety of things, including fabric, a favorite cartoon or vintage book pages. Find the tutorial at Ume Origami.

Find more DIY inspiration and tips here, or follow our DIY wedding board on Pinterest.

{Written by, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}


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Going Beyond Red and Black for a Las Vegas Wedding

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orange and gray bridesmaid dresses

I’ve got a confession.

I love boas and feathers. So if I were to have a Las Vegas wedding today, it would probably look like this.

bridal mini top hat by orphelia

{photo and awesome top hat by Orphelia}

But that classic Vegas look isn’t for everyone. It’s cool if it’s not right for the wedding you want to have. And if you don’t want to use red and black for your colors, you really don’t have to.

So, how do you go about choosing colors for a Vegas wedding? Start with:

1. Your Wedding Mood

What kind of experience do you want to create for your wedding day? Is it fun, intimate, elegant, whimsical? Your wedding colors play a huge part in setting the mood.


2. Favorite Colors

Your wedding should be an extension of the personalities of you and your sweetie. So why not include favorite colors if they go with your wedding mood?


3. Venue Inspiration

You’ll want to make sure your colors will work in your venue space. And if your venue is particularly colorful, you may even start by picking colors from the venue décor.

Recently we worked on a Las Vegas wedding with an elegant burnt orange, gray and ivory palette. The dark tones were perfect for an intimate gathering of family and friends for a fall wedding.

Imbue You Panel Las Vegas Wedding Programs

Imbue You Las Vegas Wedding Menu

{photos by Imbue You Wedding}

But with just a few tweaks in the colors, by making them lighter and brighter, for instance, you can change the mood to a fun summer wedding look. Like this:

orange and gray wedding

{photos by Gideon Photography}

Whichever colors you choose, you can still incorporate a Vegas feel with classic Las Vegas icons and shapes, updated or designed to fit your style.

{top photo by Ardent Photography via The Knot}

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