Post # 1
What’s influencing your decision on whether or not to do programs?
Why are you doing them (or not doing them)?
Is it really worth all the extra diy stuff (if you do it yourself) since most people don’t keep programs after the fact?
What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
We didn’t do programs. I wasn’t even sure what you really put on those anyway!
Post # 4
We’re definitely doing one because we’re having a full Catholic mass and some guests who aren’t Catholic might not know what’s going on. We also want a place to note who all the members of the bridal party are, since hardly anyone will know ALL of them personally. We’re also going to add a note about loved ones who have passed away, and directions to the reception hall. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding without programs, but then most of the weddings I go to are Catholic and pretty long. You can see that they can be very functional!
Post # 5
we are doing them. but we have a pretty unique reason. we have jewish-like custom’s, our way of life is called Bnai Noah by Othrodox Jews. A lot of our family and friends do not understand this and just say and think we are jewish bc it is easy. so the purpose of our programs is to explain what bnai noah is and that our ceremony is a bnai noah ceremony not a jewish ceremony. i think it is a perfect opportunity to explain our thoughts, beliefs and way of life with our loved ones 🙂
so if you cant think of an important reason for them i would not have them. if we were just having a “regular christian” wedding we would not have them 🙂
Post # 6
We are combing elements of several different cultural traditions. My father is a Scot, my mother an Ashkenazi Jew, and we’re from the South. My fiance is from the Midwest and of German descent. We need a program so that they can follow our very eclectic ceremony.
Post # 7
I’m going back and forth on the program…we are having a non-denominational ceremony (He’s Roman Catholic Italian, I’m Jewish) and not really incorporating any religious or cultural aspects into it, BUT – we are doing traditional dances for both sides during the reception, so I’m wondering if I should do this to explain to both sides the meaning of the dances. For my side, it’s not unusual for interfaith marriages, but this is a first for his. I’ve never been to a wedding where there were programs.
Post # 8
We’re doing them more as a keepsake than anything else–my mom and my aunts still have programs from family members’ weddings going back to the 70s. And to give our guests some tip-offs as to the schedule of events since we’re doing things fairly non-traditionally. Most of our family is Catholic and used to the full mass, so I’m afraid we’re tripping them up by writing our own, secular ceremony. The program will guide them along and also, maybe, add some “legitimacy” to a ceremony most of the hardcore Catholics will be sticking up their noses at.
Also, I just want to make programs 🙂
Post # 9
I’m doing them. I found a really cool one that I want to DIY.
Post # 10
We’re definitely doing them for keepsakes and for schedules of events. We’re getting married/having the reception at a historic village and museum place, where guests receive free admission for the day. We’ll be letting guests know this ahead of time, but for those who forget, we’ll be including this information on the program. Our ceremony is at 2pm, and the reception is at 5pm, so we want our guests to know that they can explore the village/museum in-between.
Post # 11
We decided that was a detail that isn’t important to us and we not have them. I find no one remembers to take them anyway. We are having a very laid-back event–wedding and reception will be in the same location. So that’ll be extra money we can spend on something else.
Post # 12
Not doing them. Our ceremony is non-denominational as well, and will be pretty short. One less detail I have to worry about! But if you are having a long ceremony, would like to honor loved ones, or have a special note you’d like to share, I say do it. It’s just not for me.
Post # 13
If I do them it is only because I want to make them into fans because we are having an outdoor wedding at the end of August!
Post # 14
We did the petal fan programs, they turned out really cute. We just wanted to outline the ceremony and put in our thanks to the bridal party, and list some additional information. Just make maybe half of 60% of your people attending because we had some left over.
Post # 15
I’m with frugal faye – they are keepsakes. My grandmother has programs in a scrapbook from all of her grandchildren’s weddings. I just have a nostalgic fondness for some traditional aspects of weddings. I love looking at the programs when I go to weddings!
Post # 16
Im doing them! only because I want to and lots of people I know keep them as keepsakes 🙂 and I think its kinda good to know whats going on!