Is it okay not to have programs?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
2974 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i did programs for my wedding. i think they’re nice to have, but not really necessary. no one will miss them if you don’t have them.

Post # 3
2556 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

We didn’t have them & as far as I know, no one complained or missed them!  I wanted to do them, but by time I realized it would be cute, my time frame was rather short at that point :/

Post # 4
45388 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Bored6:  Yes, it’s ok not to have them. Programs may be nice but your guests realy don’t need to know exactly what’s happening and in what order. Their only task is to watch.

Post # 5
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We didn’t have them and I don’t think anyone even noticed. 

Post # 6
8979 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Yes. Programs are for theatre plays, not weddings.

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Post # 7
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Bored6:  We did programs, mainly because it was a hot day and we did them on card stock with a handle to make fans. Almost nobody got them. We had tons left. Don’t waste your time or money! 

Post # 8
5833 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

We didn’t bother, and no-one commented. I just felt they were a bit pointless. We did out a rough time-scale on our website though in case anyone was interested. 

Post # 9
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t bother. They’re pretty unnecessary. We never did them and I’m sure nobody missed them.

Post # 10
4519 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We also didn’t bother. No one seemed too lost! 🙂

Post # 12
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch

I don’t think they’re necessary unless there are elements of your ceremony that you’d like to explain or if you are changing locations and want people to have a reminder. I’m DIYing mine so that they can double as fans. We’re having an outdoor wedding in July and thought it would just be “nice to have.”

Post # 13
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium

I have never been to a wedding that had programs so I didn’t even know it was a thing until recently.

Post # 14
1296 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I didn’t order paper programs since i think it’s a horrible waste of paper but I am having a large framed mirror with our program painted on. After the wedding I can scratch the paint off and hang the frame in our home.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by  BeeinBoston.
Post # 15
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We didn’t have them, we had a big chalkboard program! It was cheap and effective! 

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