(Closed) Do you REALLY need a program?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I was debating the same thing myself, and I have a bridal party and all that. We are going to do them, but I’m still not sure it’s not a waste of time. Oh well. Usually they have the order of ceremony, bridal party, special readings/music acknowledgements, some kind of thank you message, etc. We’re planning on including our new address too. HTH!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Nope, they’re definitely not necessary.  If you don’t think you need or want them, I’d just save the money and/or time.  I’m sure people will be able to follow along, without a piece of paper in front of them with the order of how things are supposed to go!  🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I had the same question. I was leaning in the direction of not having any since the wedding is pretty small and the ceremony/reception are in the same location. But I wondered whether it was considered "bad form" not to include them.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I was not going to have one until I saw one on Martha Stewart Weddings that I really liked and wanted to copy (I still may not have the skills to do it, though). I think it’s fine not to have one, especially if you have no bridal party. My mother was telling me (I haven’t been to many weddings so I don’t really know) that the helpful part of a program is seeing who it is doing what (like, oh, that’s so-and-so, the groom’s friend doing the reading).

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

I’d say don’t worry about it!  If you don’t have a bridal party or readings that you want to share written out for everyone, save yourself some money and skip this part.

I’m still debating on whether or not we need/want one & we have a large bridal party and readings.  It’s definitely not our top priority. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m in the same boat as you with no bridal party and wedding and ceremony in the same place. I am planning on not having one. I think you’ll be fine. 

Post # 10
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2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Even with a bridal party we won’t be having one.  Instead, we little blurbs and a picture of each member on our wedding website.  

I think the only times where you REALLY should have them is if the ceremony is complicated and your guests won’t know what to do or if it’s interfaith/cultural, etc. and you want to explain something.   

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

We will be having programs, but probably wouldn’t if I were in your shoes. For an intimate ceremony like that, there doesn’t seem to be any real need.

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