Post # 1
I am debating whether or not to do ceremony programs. I like the idea, and I know they can be a beautiful touch. However, I have never kept a program from a wedding I have been to, and I feel like often times they go to waste. People leave them behind, or toss them once they leave. I know I’m guilty of this :/
So, bees – should I do programs? Will anyone miss them? Did YOU do them?
Post # 3
We’re having a civil ceremony (20 minutes) I don’t feel it requires any form of program and I wouldn’t expect one either as a guest. On the other hand, if it was a traditional wedding ceremony, especially if it was in a Church I wasn’t familiar with, I would appreciate the gesture.
Post # 4
@SeptemberSparkle: I think it’s personal preference. I want to do them because I went to a wedding last summer that did not have them and I kept wondering ‘who is that bridesmaid? are they family? Is that her dad?’ it really bugged me not knowing. Although, since they are an additional expense and I never take them home either it is bride’s choice. They aren’t mandatory unless you’re having a complicated religious ceremony.
Post # 5
@SeptemberSparkle: We skipped them and I’m glad to have saved the money. However, if you are having a long ceremony then programs might be nice for your guests to follow along. Our ceremony was 20 minutes and pretty straightforward, but if it were any longer than that I would think its a nice touch.
Also – I fell in love with some programs on Etsy that looked like mini newspapers with lots of info about the couple, but my mom convinced me not to get them. She said we already wrote a lot about ourselves and our relationship on our wedding website, so that would be kind of repetitive. Its just so hard to resist when you see cute and clever things on Etsy!
Post # 6
I’ll print mine myself – the brand is Gartner Studios. They give you a link to a template you can download and fill-in. I got 50 for $9.98 (Bed, Bath & Beyond, but I also saw them at Michael’s, etc.), so I don’t care if they’re thrown away afterward. At the rehearsal dinner, I’m giving one to each of the bridal party members, in an envelope, as a memento.
Post # 7
@SeptemberSparkle: We decided to to programs (I originally was going to just write the order of events etc. on a large chalkboard) because I got kraft paper super cheap and plan to print them myself and turn the into fans since we are having an outdoor wedding in August and it will be very warm. This was the deciding factor for me!
Post # 8
I think programs are useful if the ceremony is particularly long or if there are any unique parts of the ceremony guests should be aware of. Other than that, I don’t find them helpful. We are not doing programs and are instead doing a large poster/sign at our ceremony with all of the details. Also, our ceremony is at our house and I don’t feel like picking up trashed programs afterwards.
Post # 9
i am having a 15 minute ceremony and 150 guests. we are skipping them entirely. there will be a chalkboard at the venue entrance detailing members of the wedding party and i have also detailed who they are to each of us on our wedding website. trying to make it “green” 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We skipped the actual paper programs but I made a big “program” on a painted antique window…
Post # 11
Thank you all for your replies and suggestions! I should have added, our ceremony will be around 20 minutes. It’s in small non-denominational chapel and my uncle is officiating. There will be no complicated religious elements, no hymns, etc. We might not even have readers. The programs would pretty much just have the names of our parents, wedding party, and then the generic “processional, vows, exchange of rings, recessional”…and whatever is inbetween!
Post # 12
@PABride: I would love the template link!
Post # 13
We’re designing our own programs. We originally decided not to do them since our ceremony will be non-religious and very simple (no readings, etc.). However, we then decided that we really wanted to skip the whole bridal party introduction at the reception (much to the joy our bridal party), but we wanted our guests to know who they were. So, our wedding program will have short, cute blurbs about each member (6 in total) along with a brief overview of what to expect in the ceremony.
Post # 14
We will have a chalk board at our ceremony.
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church
@SeptemberSparkle: Honestly, I really don’t think they’re necessary.
Post # 16
@lolot: Was the “program” the only place there was a request for no cameras or did you have someone announce it too? I’m seriously considering having it on our website, a sign as they enter the ceremony, on printed programs and having some kids walk up the aisle with signs. And maybe a sky writer. Because my family is SOOOO bad with the cameras (or, worse yet, iPads) in your face and the pictures are never even worth it.