(Closed) Are Programs a Must?

posted 11 years ago in Paper
Post # 17
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
3 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We didn’t have any and no one seemed to notice…

Post # 20
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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 # 25
2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We’re not doing them!  Our ceremony is only 30 mintues and we figured we save the money and DIY projects!

Post # 28
5495 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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. = )

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