5 Common Wedding Program Mistakes

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Smart and Stylish…  The tone of your wedding ceremony is set through the tone of your wedding program. They’re conversation starters and your guests will read them! Below are 5 common mistakes to avoid while planning your wedding programs.

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#1. Not putting a personal twist on your program design!

Let your personality shine! Your program is a practical stationery item but it’s also a keepsake and another opportunity to carry your colors, coordinate your theme and share your personal side. Choose the size and shape that best fits your personality and wedding style. A few noteworthy items:

  • a snapshot of your love story
  • poems & other unique wording
  • special thank yous, memorials, dedications

#2. Not giving yourself enough time to prepare!

Program preparation is paramount! As the order of events and music can change at the last minute, this stationery piece is usually the last item to be ordered. Start early. Be aware:

  • does your place of worship have strict guidelines i.e. music?
  • check acoustics at ceremony site–it might not be right with your selected music
  • is your timeline and order of events reasonable?

#3. Not proofreading your program!

No misspells! Have a few trusted family and friends take a look at your program to make sure you’ve got the deets down and in the right order. A few proofing items include:

  • listing out the wedding music: “song” (composer) performer
  • ensure there are no typos
  • order of events is correct

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#4. Not including the important details!

 Consider your content! Programs are conversation starters that also help guests get comfortable right from the start. And, guests are wondering about the important people taking a major role in your big day! Remember, programs are keepsakes too. Consider adding:

  • short, wedding party intros/bios
  • who’s who: readers, musicians
  • explanation of wedding rituals/traditions

#5. Not taking advantage of discounts and giveaways!

Be budget conscious! When you take advantage of discounts and giveaways {not just on your programs–but on all of your stationery items} you have a better chance of staying on budget and even getting a few of those extras you have your heart set on! YAY.

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Color Monday: Purple, Green and Gold Luxe

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Stationery

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Happy “Color Monday!” We have a gorgeous board that celebrates a rustic chic event brimming with elegance and sophistication. A few highlights from this rustic refined inspiration include a gold fondant wedding cake, lace backdrop and oversized florals. Relaxed and luxurious, we chose the Square Wedding Invitation from the Living Dream design suite set the tone for this elegant event in the woods. Want free samples from this design!

Colors : Sangria | Eggplant | Olive | Gold

Regal and rustic wedding ideas in purple, green and gold from MagnetStreet

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The featured Square Wedding Invitation belongs to our Living Dream design suite. Hallmarks from this design include an eclectic array of artsy elements and scalloped patterning.  Perfect for a contemporary and romantic wedding theme, browse the entire Design Suite.

Get free samples in your wedding colors! Gorgeous regal and rustic wedding invitation from MagnetStreet

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All images by Ashley Bosnick {via Green Wedding Shoes}

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3 Floral Trends and Matching Stationery

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Wedding flowers are ever-evolving and always on-trend! What style bride are you … classic-modern, contemporary all the way, or perhaps non-traditional? Below are 3 floral trends that you can match your style with your wedding stationery to: simple, showy, and unique.

Simple & Understated

Ideal for the modern-classic bride, a simple bouquet has a delicate elegance about it. Understated bouquets tend to be smaller and perhaps less adorned, but elegant in every sense. All white or pink are classic bouquets but the spectrum is wide.

  • delicate florals: lily of the valley, calla lily, roses
  • minimal greenery
  • sentimental bouquet charm

{Simple calla lily wedding bouquet paired with Antique Lilies Square Wedding Invitation. Browse Classic Invitations}

 Simple wedding bouquet paired with lily-themed square wedding invitation

Showy & Oversized

Large and sumptious, these bouquets are bountiful, eye-catching and perfect for the less demure modern bride. The garden style blooms feel relaxed yet theatrical at the same time. If they could talk, they’d say “look at me, aren’t I gorgeous?” And we’d answer back with a resounding “yes!”

  • mix & match garden style
  • romantic & lush
  • Showy blooms: peony, ranunculus, hydrangea
  • cascading greenery
  • twigs & fiddlehead ferns

{Showy wedding bouquet paired with Snapshot Sweetness Save the Date & Fanciful Flowers Wedding Invitation. Browse Modern Invitations}

Contemporary floral wedding invitation with matching oversized wedding bouquet

Non-traditional &Unexpected

You’re not into flowers! No problem! Your bouquet can be anything you want it to be! So fun and perfect for the non-traditional bride who loves surprises and delights in the unexpected. A vibrant bouquet of oranges … just beautiful {and perfect for a fall wedding!}.

  • non-floral alternatives: paper, fruit, felt, fabric, brooches & buttons, cotton…
  • hand tied stems

{Bouquet of oranges paired with Fall in Love Foldover Pocket Wedding Invitation. Browse Unique Invitations}

Unique pocket wedding invitation with non-traditional orange wedding bouquet

 

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Personalizing a Backyard Wedding: 6 Tips

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Thinking of hosting your intimate wedding and reception in your backyard? Awesome–we support you! Before you begin planning, check in with your officiant for guidelines/limitations and of course, check your homeowners insurance for coverage/liabilities. And, depending on the number of guests, you may have to rent a few items:

  • generator
  • tables/chairs/table settings/linens
  • tent/structure in case of rain {plan B}
  • porta potty
  • lighting
  • dance floor
  • play equipment for kids

6 Tips for Personalizing Your Backyard Wedding

#1 Wedding Stationery & Fun Messaging

Backyard weddings tend to be comfortable gatherings of family and friends. Set the tone with the kind of stationery that goes with your personalities… DIY chalkboards are a perfect accessory for a backyard wedding–entertaining guests and guiding them from the ceremony to the drink station. Wedding stationery like Chalkboard Sweetheart {a playful design suite that features hearts and other artistic elements} sets a fun tone and easily coordinates with DIY signage.

Tip: Use DIY wedding signage to guide guests throughout your backyard. See this post featuring a tutorial and this inspirational farm wedding for more ideas.

Wedding stationery and wedding signs

#2 Homegrown & Local Flowers

Start those seeds early! Plant your perennial seeds or annuals indoors to get a head start–to make sure you’ll have blooming beauties by the wedding date. If you don’t want to grow your own flowers, then support your local flower farmer for the freshest flowers–organically grown and in season.

Tip: See this post for the 12 most popular flowers.

Simple florals for a backyard wedding

#3. Mason Jar Décor

Mason jars continue to be one of the most popular vessels to hold everything from signature drinks to flowers to favors. They’re perfect for creating a homey feel for a backyard wedding. Found everywhere and in all different sizes and shapes, dress them up, paint them and use them for simple and easy DIY wedding decorations.

Tip: Check out this post for mason jar ideas.

Mason jar decor for a backyard wedding

#4 Locally-grown Food & Drink

Supporting your local farmers and growers has so many benefits–freshest taste, less packaging, benefits to the community …  You have more knowledge in how it’s grown and you have the satisfaction of supporting your local growers and giving your guests the best food!

Tip: Plan ahead as much as possible as menus are dependent on season and availability.

Local food and drink for a backyard wedding

#5 Lighting to Set the Mood and Keep Guests Safe

The right lighting is important as it serves a dual purpose of creating ambiance and allowing your guests to navigate your backyard at night. Avoid unnecessary mishaps and trips with lighting that is both fun and functional.

Tip: Get help from an expert! Perhaps a landscape designer who can help mix and match lighting needs for the purpose of the space.

Lighting ideas for a backyard wedding

#6 Comfortable Seating

Guests love to gather–in large groups and intimate groups of 2-3. Provide spacing for both! Give them opportunities to escape the noise of the band, to have a quiet conversation and to get back into the action when they’re ready!

Tip: Create little vignettes on the outside of the party for guests that need some “quiet time.”

Seating ideas for a backyard wedding  

What’s your tip for hosting a backyard wedding?

 

Credit

Chalkboard sign by Jamie J Photography

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