(Closed) are programs necessary?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
5656 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

You could just print them from an ordinary printer onto ordinary paper (or maybe fancier printer paper from Staples or a similar store). If you use nice and/or interesting typography, they could be beautiful, and much cheaper/easier.

That said, I don’t think there is anything wrong with scrapping programs entirely.

Post # 4
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Krispy1327: i am with you on this one – – totally on the fence. not to mention when i go to weddings i grab one look through it quickly then it stays on my seat when i leave or it gets tossed.  i do like them for long ceremonies and think they’re very helpful. for small intimate ceremonies w/ no readings and/or frills i don’t think they’re too necessary. if you don’t have them i think it will be 100% ok Wink

Post # 5
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are also having a very small wedding. Fifty or less. I am still going to make programs though, because when I go to weddings, that is one of the first things I look for.

Post # 6
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - Samuel Lynne Galleries and Marc Events

I definitely don’t think you HAVE to do them… but I think guests would probably appreciate them, even if they’re super simple. It just helps to set guests expectations about what’s going to happen. Just my two cents!

Post # 7
2857 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

I don’t think they are, especially if you’re having a brief, simple ceremony.

Post # 8
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

How about these? I saw them on Martha Stewart. They’d be perfect if you want to have SOMETHING but don’t really need several pages worth of info (although it would be a little labor intensive).

I was going to use them but I scrapped the idea because I didn’t want to hang them on all our chairs (one less thing to set up).

Perhaps instead of doing pockets with an insert you could just do hang tags.

Post # 9
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

As far as I’m concerned, figuring out whether you need programs should begin with figuring out what would be in them if you had them.  In our case, we had several nonJewish guests at a Jewish ceremony.  Our programs had the entire text of the ceremony, with translations and transliterations of the Hebrew.  It also had an explanation of the Jewish wedding traditions.

If all you would put in there are the names of the members of your wedding party, you don’t need programs.  Anyone who never met those people before will probably not meet them again, and thus learning the names will not be important.

Post # 10
21 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are also having a small 50 person wedding with a very short ceremony and I don’t think I will. Just seems like one more thing to worry about and I don’t think anyone will miss it…

Post # 11
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think that it’s fine not to have them.

However, I appreciate having them because–let’s be honest–as a guest I really like knowing where we are in the ceremony and how long it’s going to take. You can do them very cheap–they don’t have to be fancy at all.

Post # 12
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I had the same question and in the end I decided not to do them. Partially because we’re just having a fairly short ceremony and I don’t think they’re necessary for us and also because it was going to be just another thing I’d have to organise! I really like the idea of having them for religious services because then everyone knows what’s going on.

2dBride – that’s so great that you had the jewish wedding traditions explained in yours, as a guest I would have really enjoyed that!

Post # 13
1254 posts
Bumble bee

@camrie: I love the hang tag idea! My ceremony will be short too so the hang tags will be a perfect size.

Post # 14
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have a pic of mine under my ‘DIY’ profile.

Ours is also a short, non-religious ceremony. We have about 75 guests. In the end, I decided to do them, because I think it’s nice to know who the bridal party members are (we’re each having two people) and the name of the officiant, violinist, (we’re not doing readings, but if you were…then who those people are).

I found a textured white paper that I liked, bought a pack (25 sheets for $8.50 – it’s nice paper) and got them cut in half lengthwise, so that they were 4.75×11 (for 75 cents). Then I designed and printed in word, Fiance hole punched, and we tied a little raffia bow. 

And, you certainly DON’T need a program per guest. Maybe enough to total 3/4 of your guest list.

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