Post # 1
We’re not having an elaborate or complicated ceremony (no unity candles or anything, and it won’t be very long either). Will people miss programs if they aren’t there? We’re getting down to a time crunch here and I’d love to leave them off, unless it would be a big deal ….. please let me know what you guys think! as either guests or brides 🙂
Post # 3
When I go to weddings I grab a program read who the wedding party is and then it gets left on my seat or stuffed in my purse, which then gets tossed
I am a bride and I am still on the fence about doing programs in general. I think you are good to go if you want to ‘pass’ on the programs. Honestly, I don’t think anyone will comment re: them. Now, if you have people that you want to thank or remember then I think they are a great ways to recognize both of those factors, which might be something to consider?
Post # 4
I think they are only necessary if you are doing a religious ceremony, such as a Catholic ceremony where the ceremony is long (an hour) and not all of your guests are of the faith.
Post # 5
I don’ think they are necessary, unless you are having an intricate ceremony; however, we are not having an intricate ceremony and I plan to do them anyway. When I go to the wedding, I like to have a program. Reading it occupies some of the extra time prior to the ceremony and I always take mine home and hang on to them for awhile.
Post # 6
They are only necessary if you have congregational response or songs that people are expected to sing and will need the words for.
Post # 7
I was thinking about this as well. I will be having an outdoor ceremony of 35 people and my reception 2 months later with a much larger group. I am not religious and progams remind me of a religious occasion. Im on the fence as well. More so gearing towards not. If anything I may have fans made with the names of the bridal party.
Post # 8
They’re not necessary. We’re only doing them because of certain songs & reading we’ll be doing & we want people to understand why we’re doing them. I don’t think people will really miss them, and like other have said the programs usually get tossed anyway.
Post # 9
Interesting thought about how they are good for remembering or thanking people. That is definitely something I’d like to be able to do in some way….
And I never thought about what’s been said about them being associated more with religious ceremonies, including songs that the congregation might want to sing along to. I’ve only ever been to ceremonies in churches; but mine will not be, and it’s going to be fairly simple. So maybe that is a point in favor of not doing the programs….
I do see how it could really fun to make them, and if I had more time it might be something I’d enjoy. But being so close and having a bunch of other things I need to get done still, I might just ditch them.
Post # 10
We used them mostly to explain Jewish traditions. I do consider it nice to acknowledge the officiant and wedding party though. We did ours quite quickly using Word and printing at Kinkos (cardstock cover, inside plain white paper, they did the stapling).
Post # 11
its a personal preference thing.. i went to a wedding only yesterday it was very beautiful but i did find myself reachin for the program every now and again, but there were no programs and i kept forgettin that. i’m just used to having programs at weddings it helps to know whats coming up next.
Post # 12
I don’t keep them after the ceremony but I think they are very helpful during the ceremony to keep track of where you are in the ceremony and learn the names of the BMs and GMs if you don’t know them. They are also helpful to explain traditions that some of the guests are not familiar with ex: jumping the broom, spice tasting, etc.
Post # 13
Not necessary at all and we are, in fact skipping them. For a 25 minute ceremony with no bridal party, I just can’t see what possible use they’d be that would justify the cost and effort of me making them.
Post # 14
Honestly, I’ve never been to a wedding with a program. I don’t even know what one’s supposed to look like.
Post # 15
I think of programs for guests to typically look at to figure out how long the ceremony will be, and who’s in them, etc. Instead of doing individual programs, we are making a larger sign posted on an easle that people can look at when they walk in.