(Closed) Are Programs a Must?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

NOT a must at all.  Definitely a nice to have (esp. if you’re having a complicated ceremony), but for sure skippable.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

as of now we are not going to have a program, but our ceremony is only going to be 15 minutes, with no chairs or anything, kind of casual. however, i’ve been debating because people generally like to know what’s going to happen. can’t decide. but no, i don’t think they’re necessary unless you are going to have a complicated ceremony.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Not necessary. Only do them if you want them and if you have something to put in them. Mine only cost $7 but they were a lot of work.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

They’re completely optional. They do come in handy though if you are having a religious ceremony (Catholic for example which is much more intricate than a Protestant or civil ceremony) and guests would be lost without some type of guide.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We are only doing them because we are doing fans in case it’s hot. So we are doing program fans.

Def. not a necessity i think, unless you are having a big wedding.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

They are definitely optional. As of right now, we are not doing programs. If I have the time and money I may think about it then. This is a detail that is not as important as others.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Optional. I was back and forth about them. I decided to just print a card with the bridal party info and a short thank you note. It took 10 minutes. 🙂

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we’re not doing them. i just don’t want to spend the time or money on them.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

They’re optional. I was going to do them, but that was just one more thing on my growing to-do list, so I decided to skip them. They’ll mostly go in the trash anyway.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m planning on doing them….but only because I’m a graphic designer. 🙂  Otherwise, I would probably skip it!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We didn’t do programs, and no one even missed them!  Like budgetbeautiful, it just seemed like one more thing to do in the last weeks of wedding prep; they’re not necessary at all.  🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We ditched the thought of having crafty programs because people really do just roll them up or throw them away soon after the ceremony.  We just found a really easy, cute, QUICK way of doing them, by buying some cardstock, printing the order of ceremony and the wedding party and folding it lengthwise.  (Money saving hint: we actually used the card-stock left over from printing directions cards)

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re having them, but I don’t think they’re crucial at all. My Fiance is a graphic designer, and I’m REALLY into print materials being in marketing, so that stuff was important to us. However, if it’s not important to you, that’s what matters!

I’ve actually seen a wedding (in a blog, of course!) where the couple had one giant chalkboard, and wrote out the program, and it stood to the side of the altar where everyone could see it. It was really cute. They kept it simple, but also named all the wedding party members, and thanked everyone for coming.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ll probably skip them.  And maybe it’s a southern thing, but I have only been to one wedding with programs and it was the one my coworker had this summer. 

I’m not gonna go the route. Heck at my age you kinda “know” what’s gonna happen.  Plus we’re having an intimate wedding and everybody will pretty much know everybody so no need to introduce or name the bridesmaids or who is doing what.

I’ve been to super elegant black tie weddings WITHOUT programs.  I’ve been to simple outdoor celebrations with no programs.  It’s a personal choice.  You can’t go wrong either way but if you’re short on time or $, I say let it ride.   

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