Post # 1
We are having a short, simple ceremony with about 100 guests. There will be a basic invocation by our officiant, two short readings by our stepparents, and of course, the vows. We’re having a string quartet for the processional and recessional, but no other musical pieces during the ceremony. We’re not doing any unique traditions that would need to be explained. As for our bridal party, they have cool bios on our wedding website, so I don’t think they need to be introduced in a program. So what I’m wondering is… do we really need programs? We’d really love to save the $200+ it would cost to get them printed, but I’d like some objective advice.
One more thing: How can we ask our officiant (a close friend) to help keep things easy to follow for our guests? (For example, before the readings, she’s going to mention that my fiance and I have asked our stepparents to read as a way to honor their impact on our lives.) Is there anything else she can do to make up for not having program?
Post # 3
Is it just for cost reasons? I making our programs for 100 guests for around 50 bucks…. but they’re pretty extensive.
I wanted to have something that could be kept by the guests so even though we aren’t having any readings (we are having a worship song)…
I’ve incorporated blk/whts of our engagement shots along with a picture my son drew of us getting married
and the words to the worship song we’re doing
I showed an instructor I had (she’s invited) and she absolutely LOVED them… couldn’t wait to get hers.
I think if you just don’t want them then don’t, but it could be a neat gift for your guests & still pretty cost effective if done right…
ie. we’re having our printing done at the college (media services… if you have a college near by check into them) I’ll be need around 800 1 sided prints and it’s gonna cost under 15 bucks…
I got the paper pre-cut for around 20
Just thought if cost is your deterant this ^ might help give some light =) otherwise if you just don’t wanna have another “to-do” then I say that’s cool too! 😉
Post # 4
Also check Vistaprint. You can do multiple transactions or search for coupons and could probably get there almost free! That site is such a lifesaver!
Post # 5
I wouldn’t say that they are neccesary, but they sure are helpful. I know I am not really a wedding website kind of girl so I probably wouldn’t go look at that. Also, I like to follow along with the wedding ceremony…or use it as a fan if it gets hot =)
Post # 6
im using these and sending them straight to fedex to have them printed…should be cheap.
Post # 7
I’m doing a simple 2-sided 5.5″ x 8″ cardstock (one piece cut in half – makes two programs each) with the order of events on one side and the wedding party on the other. I bought a reem of cardstock for my invites ($15) and will take them to Kinkos to have them professionally cut (less than $5). Ialso bought a corner punch from Michaels for $3.50 (had a coupon) and will punch the corners to give them a little style.
I only need 150 of them … dirt cheap, really.