(Closed) Has anyone NOT done a program?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I think they’re really only “needed” if you have a responsive reading- otherwise you can skip them.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I didn’t- couldn’t have been bothered. waste of paper IMO.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Skipped them!  no regrets and no one asked about them at all!!!! saved alot of headaches

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

im not doing programs either. they just end up getting thrown away anyway! my ceremony is non-religious so there are no special readings we want to include, and we figure if the people attending the wedding do not know the people in our wedding party, then they obviously don’t know us very well and frankly we don’t really care then! 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m not doing a program. My wedding is going to be fairly small (50 including us) so I feel like everyone will get to mingle and meet each other if they haven’t already prior to the wedding. Also, our ceremony is going to be fairly short, so I don’t think anyone is going to have to refer to their program to figure out what’s going on (not that I have ever seen anyone actually do that!). I also wanted to save some money on stationary; we aren’t having menus either. I have seen a lot of really nice & creative programs, and every once in awhile I get a little program envy, but I don’t really see the point in having them for my wedding. So I think it’s totally okay not to have one. 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We didn’t do a program and we didn’t miss them! 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not doing individual programs that each guests get.  Instead we’re printing ours on 4’x16′ banners that will hang on either side of the stage we’re getting married on.  I’m mostly doing it to cover up some imperfections in the walls I don’t like.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding where they did have programs. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t think they serve a function, except that for long ceremonies guests will look at them to try to figure out “where are we and how much time is left.” I also find them visually messy, so I’m definitely not doing them.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We did a large chalkboard I made with a large frame and chalkboard paint and I wrote everyones names and roles on it. It stood outside the ceremony room at our location.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

 I’m thinking of just doing a “Meet the Maids” table. I have never seen one for groomsmen but I guess we’ll see. I was also thinking of doing the chalkboard. So cute and saves a lot paper from the trash.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ThreeMeers:  Did you use chalk markers or actual chalk? And was your frame expensive? Sorry to be so nosey, I’ve just seen some really pricey frames. Was thinking about just using a 40% coupon from Michaels for one and also need one for the escort cards…

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We skipped. They weren’t missed.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

No, it was pretty cheap. I bought an ugly poster in a nice frame and then painted over the poster. I used colored sidewalk chalk. You could do the same with a painting from a tag sale or good will.

Between painting chalk and frames (I also bought small frames for the bar special drinks menu) It cost me $25?  You can then always use the frames for pictres or posters after. Just keep the glass that comes with them.

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