Are Ceremony Programs A Must?

posted 3 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Definitely not a must! We are planning a short ceremony too, and won’t be doing program.

Post # 3
3806 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

A lot of this wedding stuff isn’t a must. It never even crossed my mind to waste money on programs. Our ceremony will be simple like yours. Walk down the aisle, vows and I do’s. Timed it to under 13 minutes.

Post # 4
953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I think they are a waste of money. I didn’t use them, and weddings I’ve been that did, they just littered the reception hall afterwards.

Post # 5
12670 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nope, definitely not necessary.

Post # 6
986 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

ohana33 :  Not necessary at all. I’m having a 30 minute ceremony. By the time guests find the correct spot on the program to follow along, the entire wedding will be over. It’s a complete waste of money….

Post # 7
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Absolutely not a must. They end up scattered everywhere after the ceremony anyway …. total waste of money IMO. I won’t be having them. 

Not to mention how was wasteful it is of our natural resources ….

Post # 8
3035 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Definitely not needed unless, as you say, you’re having a full mass type of thing.

Post # 9
7214 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Not necessary at all. We didn’t have programs for our short and sweet ceremony and no one missed them.

Post # 10
1381 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding with a program. Creating one didn’t even cross my mind! Our ceremony was also short (walk down the aisle, opening words from our officiant, our vows, and the exchange of rings–about 15 minutes total).

Post # 11
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I diy’d wedding programs which was really cheap and easy and I think a nice touch. But half of them weren’t used and some of them were used as fans so they definitely weren’t necessary. It was more of a keepsake for older family members and for me and my husband. 

Post # 12
8868 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Not necessary and not even traditional. In fact, Miss Manners  disapproves them saying weddings should not be compared to shows or performances. 

Post # 13
3279 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I didn’t want to waste paper or money on programs but I did want people to have a sense of what was going on and what to expect so our DJ had a program of events and he kept people informed and (I hope) helped them feel relaxed and well cared for.

We also put menus on the tables with the ingredients (in case of any dietary issues). Just one per table rather than one for each person, though.

Post # 14
32 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

ohana33 :  I think they are a waste of money. But hey, I’m all about saving money and minimizing. If your ceremony is short, I’d just do one of those entrance boards that lay out the people of the wedding party. The last wedding I was at guests used their programs as fans because it was so hot in the church. I mean, there’s no point in a program unless family or you want it for a souvenir. But most guests don’t want to hold onto something from your wedding lol. Here is what I would do if you are in a program dilemma but still want one: 

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