(Closed) Anyone skip ceremony programs? Good idea or bad?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Did not do programs. Nobody missed them.

Post # 7
2084 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

I’m planning on skipping them – I don’t see the point.

Post # 8
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
5219 posts
Bee Keeper

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
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am not a program fan. I would put that $175 into something else.

Post # 12
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • 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 # 15
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We skipped them and no one missed them.

Post # 16
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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.

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