Post # 1
My fi and I had decided not to do programs and a majority of people we talked to agreed becasue they all said they would chuck them as soon as they got home. Then I started talking to his family and they said that they would really like to have programs. THEN.. I was talking to one of my co workers who said it would be “trashy” if we didn’t do them… Hummmm… what to do???
Post # 3
They’re nice but completely unecessary in my opinion. I might DIY them at the last minute but they are at the very bottom of my priority list. Its certainly not trashy to skip them.
Post # 4
I have only been to 3 weddings before and none of them had programs. I really didnt know they were a necessary before joining this site. But I will admit, that I did feel a bit lost and unsure what was going on at all 3 weddings.
Even though they are an extra cost, I do think I will be having them. Not one for each person, maybe just a few in a basket somewhere just in case people want to look at them.
Post # 5
they’re definitely not a requirement but are nice to have. you can easily do them on the cheap.
Post # 6
i actually look at programs when i go to a wedding– just to see who everyone is and what the order of ceremony is going to be…
mine were very inexpensive because they weren’t as much a priority for me, and i got compliments on them– there are ways to do them without having to be elaborate and pricey…
Post # 7
this is a great area to cut money
Post # 8
I think in a typical ceremony they are not needed and just nice to see who everyone is. You can easily print them yourself. But when the wedding will be in another language or have religious customs many guests will be unfamiliar with then I think programs help guests understand the ceremony and really need to be there.
Post # 9
They’re nice, but not necessary by any means. I usually leave mine at the venue honestly. We had them just because I had time to make them, but if we didn’t have them it would have been fine too. No one came up to me and said “Oh my god, those were the best programs I have ever seen!!!”. No one cared, LOL!
Post # 10
I like the idea of programs. As much of a waste they may be after the fact they are always nice having as a guide. Plus people may like to see what song that is, or who someone is. I think if there is room to squeeze it in the budget find something simple and sweet and do it. If budget is really an issue you can skip it but maybe have some kind of aestetically pleasing bulletin board of some sort that people can follow around to on the side (where the hymnal songs usually are being shown may be a good idea?)
Post # 11
Not trashy at all! In fact, with people people more and more concerned about the environmental impact of weddings, I think programs may be falling out of favor a bit.
For our small wedding, we are putting the information (songs, wedding party) on a chalkboard on an easle so that people can look if they have any questions.
Post # 12
I’m DIY’ing these – a simple two sided, folded piece of stock paper (250 sheets for $15 and I won’t need more than 100 sheets).
I like to have a program, as others have said, to be able to see the order, but more importantly, to know who people are. I think it’s nice for people to know who makes up your bridal party, who the guestbook attendants were, who is singing/playing music, etc. I think it’s somewhat of an honor for those people as well (to have their names mentioned).
While I don’t think they’re 100% necessary, I think you can do something simple for an inexpensive price.
Post # 13
The question that was asked to me is how many of your guests know you. We are having a very small 70 ppl wedding and have had to keep cutting the guest list to fit our venue so just our closest family and friends. So we were told if your guests are close family or friends you do not need programs?
Not sure if that helps or muddies the water more
Post # 14
@nmsoonerbride: Now THAT is an excellent idea – I really love that! I may have to steal your idea!
Post # 15
We didn’t have them and as far as I know, they weren’t missed.
Post # 16
I liked having them. I DIY’d mine and they cost me probably about $5 total to make 50 programs plus time to put them together of course!