Paper programs are literally a waste of money because your guests will just throw them in the garbage within ten minutes of leaving your wedding. Cut down on the paper waste- and the monetary waste- by trying out one of these 5 alternatives to wedding programs.
Buy an inexpensive floor length mirror or a large mirror with a vintage frame and paint the glass with chalk board paint. Write your name and the groom’s name at the top. Under your names, write “Wedding Party” and then write the names in order as they will stand, not in order as they walk down the aisle. Also list flower girls and ring bearers. Under that, list a brief schedule of events (ie: ceremony, cocktails, dance, food, cake, party). You can use this chalkboard in your new home together after the ceremony.
Instead of having a lot of small programs, make one large one and sit it on an easel by the ceremony entrance. List everything you would in the small program you’d hand out on one large piece of poster board or canvas and if guests want a copy, invite them to take a picture on their phones to keep with them. They can simply delete it later.
Email the Program
Make a creative online program and email it to people attending your wedding. Tell them they can either print it out or keep it pulled up on their electronic (silenced) devices during the ceremony. This will reduce your waste and gives them an option of printing or not.
Create a picture board and hang a picture of you and your groom-to-be at the very top. Under your side of the photo place individual portraits of your bridesmaids (in frames) and do the same with the groom’s attendants. Below that, on a piece of wood, paint the rest of the program information. After the wedding is over, give each attendant their framed portrait as a gift.
In a large planter, place flower picks that depict the names of those in your bridal party and set it near the entrance of the ceremony on your side. Do the same for groomsmen and set it on the other side. This will only show who is in the wedding and not how the wedding will progress, though, so make sure that’s what you want before attempting this program. The cool thing about it is you can decorate the picks any way you want to make them suit your style and the theme of your wedding.
Would you use any of these options or would you rather stick with traditional wedding programs? I am non traditional so I like the idea of having something different at my wedding!