All About The Details: The Power of Wedding Ceremony Programs & Sweet Send-Offs
We often tell our brides and grooms that one of the best opportunities for guests to learn more about them is through a beautiful wedding ceremony program. Programs are wonderful because they serve multiple purposes, such as expressing gratitude to family and friends who are attending your ceremony, honoring loved ones who have passed away, introducing your bridal party, and educating your guests about your cultural heritage or faith. Your guests also have something to read before your ceremony starts!
We equally adore unique send-offs when the ceremony ends, because guests can effortlessly participate in your joy and add so much energy to your first walk down the aisle as husband & wife! Those moments make your wedding unforgettable for your friends and family. Check out some of our favorite ceremony programs & lovely send-offs from our Laurel Events LA Weddings below, and get inspired!
Love's Aroma: Destination Wedding in the German Countryside
A timeless wedding ceremony send-off is lavender. For Arsine & Christian's destination wedding in Germany, guests were treated to delicately stamped pouches of lavender leaves which smelled just as wonderful as they looked. Lavender is a soothing flower and represents luck and devotion -- the perfect flower to shower the newlyweds with after they've exchanged their vows!
Ring Me!: The Hummingbird Nest Ranch Wedding
Many clients value their first walk down the aisle after their vows as much as they cherish the grand entrance at their reception. What better way to play up the thrill of saying "I Do!" than these adorable bells? Guests jingled these bells and cheered when Maryam & Chris kissed as husband & wife at their Hummingbird Nest Ranch Wedding.
Equally important is the presentation - we paid extra attention to the signage attached to these bells. A beautiful yet playful element like this rarely goes unnoticed by guests. It is said that bells bring good luck to the newlyweds and announce the beginning of new life together!
Cultural Connection: Persian Wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA
Sarah & Ryan's Wedding at Calamigos Ranch was a perfect opportunity to use ceremony programs to introduce guests about the symbolic beauty behind Iranian wedding ceremonies. Their crisp program was the perfect way to explain the importance and tradition of a Sofreh-Aghd, which literally translates to "ceremony spread" in Farsi, initiating a bountiful new life for the freshly minted husband and wife.
Guests participated further in celebration when the ceremony ended, waving custom made wands with bells and white ribbons attached to them. How lovely having a chorus of bells announcing the new Mr. & Mrs.!
As an event management company, we strongly feel that guests will always remember your special day if they can connect to your culture and traditions, whether they are from the same background or not.
Many mixed faith couples opt for a ceremony program to highlight how their disparate faiths have more similarities than differences! Love knows no borders and neither should your guests with some insightful views on what you value as a newly married couple.
Cherishing Life: Honoring the Past at Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding.
We were so touched by these gorgeous ceremony programs at April & Rob's Santa Barbara Wedding. Sticking to the coral-theme and also serving as a light fan during their summer afternoon ceremony, April & Rob were able to express their sheer love for all involved on their special day, while honoring those who were not with them anymore. These messages are a subtle, heartfelt way to incorporate the memory of loved ones.
Whether you have a trusted event coordinator or you're a DIY bride planning a wedding, always remember to look for the little opportunities for guests to participate in your history and in the moment!
Ceremony programs and send-offs are the perfect place to start. Make sure to visit our wedding blog for more tips and tricks for your wedding day or special event!