(Closed) help with mixed family program wording please!

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t think you can work around the fact that everyone has the same last name.  Can you just list everyone together under “Parents”?  I used a layout sort of like this, though my parents are still married so there was only one line for me.

Note: I put our names on the cover, so I didn’t list us again with the bridal party.  Our program was folded in half.  The cover said “Welcome to the wedding of <bride> & <groom>” and then listed the date, time and location.  The inside left listed the bridal party.  The inside right listed the elements of the ceremony.  And on the back was a small thank you to our parents, a separate thank you to our family & friends, a “we remember” section to acknowledge those who are no longer with us, and then finally our address.

                               OFFICIANT
                         <name of officiant>

                                PARENTS
               <bride’s mom>   <groom’s parents>
<bride’s dad & stepmom>

         MATRON OF HONOR   BEST MAN
          <matron of honor>   <best man>

                 BRIDESMAIDS   GROOMSMEN
              <bridesmaid 1>   <groomsman 1>
              <bridesmaid 2>   <groomsman 2>
              <bridesmaid 3>   <groomsman 3>

                                 MUSIC
                      <name of musician>

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@ElbieKay:  I love your layout the best!!!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Sunshine09: The most common way to signify separated/divorced parents is to list them on separate lines, like you have. If you’re crammed for space, though, you could do something like-

Bride, daughter of Ms. Jane Smith and Mr. & Mrs. Ed and Marie Smith. 

We went with something like this (I’ve adjusted for your family situation)-

Mom Sunshine…….Mother of the Bride

Dad and SMSunshine…..Father and SM of the Bride (or parents…but that’s totally a comfort level thing)

Dad and Mom SO….Parents of the Groom

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@FutureMuniz:  Thanks!  I used a block font for the title of each section, and a script font for the actual names.  Feel free to “borrow” it 🙂

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