(Closed) Are programs worth it?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Programs or no?
    Yes, I love programs! : (21 votes)
    48 %
    No, they're a waste of time : (9 votes)
    20 %
    I really don't care : (14 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    1645 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    If you are having a complicated ceremony with lots of readings by different people and such, then it might be worth it so guests know what’s going on and who is who. Plus it is a place to recognize certain people.

    However if you don’t have a long, complicated ceremony, I think it’s a complete waste. You’re basically spending hours, lots of money, or both, on something that will be glanced at then thrown out. I skipped them and never regretted it one bit.

    Post # 4
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    2027 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I agree with the pp. I had programs, and spent a heck of a lot of time on them, but they were totally unnecessary. If you have the time, then do whatever you want, but if your pressed, just forget about them!

    Post # 6
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    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think they are totally a waste of time/money, particularly for a short, uninvolved ceremony.  My FH thinks that we “need them so that people know what’s going on”.  I think that’s crap, we’re getting married, that’s what’s going on, duh!  But, if you were having an involved ceremony with readings, etc. I totally get the point.

    Post # 7
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    8354 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I am going to make programs because when I go to a wedding, I like to have one, even if the ceremony is a simple one. I also like the traditionalism of a program.

    Post # 8
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I do like reading them at weddings, but I also wouldn’t really miss them that much. I didn’t have them at mine. For me, it wasn’t worth the money or time b/c I had too much to do.

    Post # 9
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    4547 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We did then and I ended up loving them 🙂

    Post # 10
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    505 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I am doing them just so I can include a poem about my dad and parking instructions for the reception.  I am making them very simple though, with regular computer paper and a 6×4 cardstock backing.

    Post # 10
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    1184 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    i’m skipping them. our ceremony won’t be that long or complicated, and i don’t think they are necessary. i’m really not that into the paper products for our wedding honestly, and it’s one of the areas i’m choosing to save time and money by just cutting things out. im sure no one will notice or care.

    Post # 11
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    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    We didn’t have programs, I never keep them from weddings and usually see most people tossing them in the trash, I didn’t want to waste my time or money on something that didn’t really matter to fi and I. Nobody even seemed to notice we didn’t have them, so I’m happy we decided not to do them.

    Post # 12
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    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I really do think they are necessary for a catholic ceremony.  Unless every one of your guests is Catholic they will be confused without some sort of guidance.  Also, something the others didn’t mention… I really like programs because it’s a nice place to give credit to your family and bridal party in writing.

    Post # 13
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    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We will have a program because I am writing our ceremony from scratch. There will be readings, a sand ceremony, ect.

    Post # 14
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    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I was going to have programs, but we decided against doing it. Our ceremony is very short and there is nothing that people would have to follow along with. Our receotion is in the same place so people do not need directions to the next location. We also were planning on making our own and aren’t designers, so we thought that they might not look that great either. And we weren’t planning on having an usher, either, which would complicate distributing the programs.

    Post # 15
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    68 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    For my cousins wedding, all of us bridesmaids stayed up till 2am with MOB trying to finish the programs. this would have been fine but they FORGOT TO HAND THEM OUT!!! So it was a total waste of time

    Im not sure if I will do them or not, because a lot of my OOT guests are family and the bridal party is friends So I might want to identify everyone. although Im not doing any readings or anything…So I may skip it.

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