Post # 1
My wedding is only a few weeks away and I’m feeling kinda stressed about ordering programs. Its “one more thing” to do, and I’m afraid that they might not come in time now . . . . and I’m thinking it might be better to put the $175++ into cocktail hour appetizers instead of programs.
Post # 3
I have seen some really cute ideas for programs… however, I do not have the money or time to spend putting them together. I would’ve loved to have used some of them though. Then I got to thinking… just like invitations, they are going to be thrown away and forgotten before you come back from the honeymoon. But I still think it’s important to have one – even if it’s simple. List the bridal party to explain who is who, who is doing readings, who is singing. I think they deserve credit. Also, if your ceremony is non-traditional or guests may have difficulty following what’s going on, the program will keep them clued in.
To personalize mine more than the traditional, I’m thinking I will include “our story” and how we met 15 years ago in 8th grade maybe include our 8th grade dance picture!
Ultimately it is a minor detail, so if you decide against them I don’t think they will be missed, however, older guest may be expecting it. Good luck! I see you big day is fast approaching!
Post # 4
I had also been debating this, and decided to make ours, they were in the same style as our invites (which I also made) and I just took the PDF over to staples and had them print them out on card stock!! they turned out great, and were a lot of fun, I am glad we did them 🙂
Not a great picture, photo makes it look blurry…. but they were fun! and on the back was a list of wedding party and parents…..
edt: I did not want to spend a lot of mony on them, it ended up costing up $70 for 90 programs printed front and back on 110lb cardstock
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
We only had 16 people at our ceremony (including us), so I never even considered doing programs. And I’m glad I went with my gut – our family certainly didn’t need them, and it saved me from having to tackle another massive DIY project.
Post # 6
Did not do programs. Nobody missed them.
Post # 7
I’m planning on skipping them – I don’t see the point.
Post # 8
I slaved over making those fold out fan programs and then promptly forgot them at home. They were not missed.
Id say if you’re having a short simple ceremony there’s really no need.
Post # 9
we skipped programs and wrote everything out really cute on a huge chalkboard by the sign in table…. no one seemed to miss them, not even my parents/grandparents
non pro pic of our board:
ETA: we did not do actual an actual listing of ceremony events, our ceremony was short & sweet and we figured people could follow along just fine!
Post # 10
I am not a program fan. I would put that $175 into something else.
Post # 11
@Mrs_Amanda: I like this idea! 🙂 I may use it!
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We’re doing program fans (simple ones) because our wedding’s outside, AND there is a congregant response. Otherwise, I would have gladly skipped them.
Post # 13
wow, i gotta say i’m impressed! and very affordable, too! thanks for sharing
Post # 14
@Estrella_Luna: yes, it’s really helpful to hear from others on this . . . it seems like such a hassle (esp since my wedding is a long plane flight away me and i’m organizing most things from afar . . .) it may just be too much for me to do since it’s not an essential
Post # 15
We skipped them and no one missed them.
Post # 16
I think it really depends on what type of ceremony you’re having. If it’s short and sweet then no need. The only reason I’m having one is because I’m having a catholic wedding and I want people singing along/participating. Other than getting people to participate/long ceremony, I see them as unnecessary.