Post # 17
We’re also skipping programs… the only time I really feel they’re a help is when there is a dual-language ceremony that my need some translation, or if a ceremony has important cultural aspects in it that all your guests may not understand. And even then, they’re never a must!
Post # 18
They are completely optional! I am definitely not doing them. We are going to have a Jewish ceremony, which is pretty short. In addition to the time it takes to make them (or money it takes to buy them), I hate when paper is scattered about. We are having our ceremony at the same place as our reception, and I did not want to think about a “mess”.
Post # 19
We didn’t have any and no one seemed to notice…
Post # 20
I got two packs of computer paper (40 sheets each) from Dollar Tree that have a lovely fall leaf border on them with several “falling” watermarked leaves in the middle. I am doing my programs on the computer in a easy to read script font. Nobody says they have to be folded and mine are not! I also decided that it is not necessary for everyone there to know who is who in the wedding party-so we’re not doing that part-just a simple list of what is happening when in the program. Easy and cost me $2 for the paper and probably a negligible amount of ink bc I’m printing them in black. Time is not an issue bc they are not folding, so it’s just centered. 🙂
Post # 21
We’re thinking about skipping them all-together too. (Force our guests to focus on the ceremony, and NOT the program…)
I saw this on a blog, and am thinking about doing this instead, if we do anything:
Post # 22
I think unless you are having a religious ceremony that might leave your guests feeling lost, you don’t need programs. We spent a long time on ours and I don’t think ANYONE took one home. Even we forgot to!
The chalkboard is a nice idea.
Post # 23
Programs add to the overall decoration to the ceremony, but are usually* not needed. If you are a interfaith couple though, or a lot of your friends don’t have an understanding of the religious ceremony– I’d suggest using one.
Truthfully, we’ll probably forego using programs. Every wedding I’ve ever attended, the programs were left in the church or on the guests chairs or (worse!) crumpled up!!
Post # 24
I don’t think they’re necessary, but they are a nice touch. If it’s $$ you’re concerned about, I would suggest something really simple, a la Peep’s programs:
Post # 25
We’re not doing them! Our ceremony is only 30 mintues and we figured we save the money and DIY projects!
Post # 26
I don’t think they’re necessary, but they sure can be fun! These programs have fun games (crossword, Mad Lib, fill-in-the-blanks) on the back. it’s something I’d definitely love to do!
Post # 27
Well, of course based on your comments I decided to skip them. Then my Maid/Matron of Honor who still might not be coming offered to put something together for me. I was about to take her up on it, but then I realized they’d clash with all the other printed elements at the ceremony so I asked my graphic design friend to do them. Only she’ll only give me the template, I’ll still have to print/cut and tie! Why do I do this to myself? Lol
Post # 28
I’m not having them. It’s going to be a simple ceremony, and I don’t even plan on doing favors. I want everyone to be able to focus on being with family. Plus, it’s an outdoor wedding and I don’t want programs all over the grass for the owners to clean up later. = )