Post # 1
My FI and I are not getting married in a church or having an elaborate ceremony. We will probably do unity candles, but other than that just vows really, should be really quick.
Do you guys think I would need to have programs just to intorduce the bridal party? They are going to be announced by the DJ during the grand entrance anyway….what other reasons might I need programs other than to have a keepsake for us?
Anywone else opt to not do programs?
Post # 3
is there a significance for the venu you chose for the ceremony? you could explain that.
so no readings? is the officiant going to read anything? if there are readings, you could write down who’s speaking and what he/she is reading.
it’s really not a big deal. a friend who just got married in november made programs, however because of the craziness of the day, they were never handed out. so no one had a program and it was fine and she even had readers.
Post # 4
I don’t think you need programs for a short ceremony without readings or special traditions. I’m going to have a short ceremony, but we are planning to incorporate some Celtic traditions (handfasting and quaich). I will probably make a program so that I can explain the significance of those ceremonies.
Post # 5
we also had a short ceremony, but had some readings. all i had written was the music, the readings, the names of the bridal party and a short thank you at the end. we used tea length cards, one page.
Post # 6
We are also having a short ceremony (less than 30 minutes). We have a very small bridal party, and will have ceremony musicians but no soloists. The ceremony is at our country club, rather than in a church, so there will be no scripture books for anyone to follow along in, and it is a simple nondenominational service. We are therefore not doing programs, as I think the main reason for them (to allow people to follow along with the service, including readings and songs) doesn’t really exist. Also because I can’t see printing yet another entire stack of paper that just gets thrown away at the end of the day. If anybody wants to know who somebody is, or what the song was, they can ask us!
Post # 7
I think it’s just personal preference.
We are having an outdoor non-denominational ceremony. The significance of the program that I am designing is not only to introduce the bridal party, but to share thoughts that are important to us: readings and memorials to my decased parents and his deceased grandmother.
To me, it is also a type of "favor." As I’m not doing traditional favors, this is something for those that care to take something away to have.
More than anything, it is important to me. It’s not for others to follow along, although I will have the order of the ceremony and a poem that will be read during the ceremony printed inside.
Long story, short — it’s your wedding, it’s your choice.
Post # 8
I feel like you should have the programs. Programs are a nice keepsake not just for you, but for the people who love and care about you. They also explain who all of the bridal party is and can contain other bits of useful knowledge. They don’t have to be really expensive or fancy, you could whip some up using some pretty paper and font on your computer. Print and fold. See, it’s easy. 🙂 HTH.