Post # 1
So I’m sitting here at work trying to get my shopping list together for ALL WEDDING ITEMS, and programs ran across my mind.
Are these really necessary??? Are any of you ladies ommitting this from your wedding??
Post # 3
I’m not doing them… my sister in laws didn’t either… it’s kinda cute for the moment, but then they just get thrown away and forgotten about anyway… I dont find them necessary, although they are nice if it’s in the budget.
Post # 4
I think it depends on how complicated your ceremony is, or if you are including off-beat traditions. We had a Catholic ceremony with mostly non-Catholic guests, so they were a must for us.
Post # 5
@Miss Bowling: Right now I am a no for the programs… I dont think I really need to do them but we will see what happens.
Post # 6
I only did programs because I found an awesome template for fan programes and my ceremony will be outdoors in 90 degree weather. I know people won’t keep them, but they’ll be glad they have them on the day.
Post # 7
I’ve been to weddings that have had them and others that didn’t, depends on if you want to allocate resources. Personally, I would save my $$$$ because most ppl throw them away. To be honest, I only keep funeral programs. All other programs go into the trash.
Post # 8
we did this instead. People could see who the people were, but we didnt waste paper or money. Our ceremony was shorter and pretty simple.
Post # 9
If you are having a Catholic wedding then they are a must. If you are having an interracial/intercultural wedding, then they are a must. If you are having anything extra, then it’s a must. People like to be able to follow along.
If you are having a simple quick ceremony with no extra readings, ceremonies, ect, then don’t waste your time and money.
Post # 10
@Miss Tattoo: I totally agree!
Post # 11
I think they are a waste and I don’t plan on doing them. We are interracial/cultural and will have some cultural traditions thrown in but I plan to incorporate a reading or explanation of those by the officiant. My BFF had programs and I can remember being up until 4AM the day of her wedding completing them and as we left the ceremony they were ALL left behind on the seats. I think they add a nice touch but unless there is some type of participation required on the part of your guests, they are unnecessary.
Post # 12
We are having a catholic ceremony, and interfaith, but still not doing them… not that many people even come to our ceremonies (because of the gap)… everyone just comes to the reception and only close people to the ceremony, so it seems pointless for me. I love that chalkboard idea though… thats the only reason I would want to do programs, so the important people get named.. as for following along, it’s not that difficult to go with the flow in our cases..
Post # 13
We didn’t do them. We had a super short (like, <5 minutes) ceremony and no bridesmaids or groomsmen. There really wouldn’t have been a point!
Post # 14
Thanks ladies….I plan to have my Aunt do a reading and we will be doing the unity sand ceremony with the kids…besides that I think it will be a fairly easy going ceremony….THANKS LADIES!!!!!!
Post # 15
I have been debating this back and forth– I don’t think I will do them…. I will ask our oldest children to read the explananation for the sand ceremony and the reverend for the jumping of the broom…. Our ceremony is going to be informal and simple- except for those two special traditions….
Post # 16
I think they are neccesary. If you do not have them your guests will be wondering whats next during the entire ceremony.