(Closed) are programs necessary? Opinions please!!

posted 6 years ago in Paper
  • poll: In your opinion, are programs a necessity?
    Definitely a necessity : (8 votes)
    26 %
    nobody will miss them : (19 votes)
    61 %
    other (will explain below) : (4 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    They’re only necessary if there are parts of the ceremony that have audience participation (prayers in unison, congregational response, songs/hymns) or if the ceremony will have cultural customs that the guests will be unfamilliar with. If you’re having a standard ceremony without either of those things, you don’t have to worry about it unless you want to.

    The main reason we’re having a program is so that people can have the words to the hymns in front of them. 

    Post # 4
    6998 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I don’t really think they are necessary though I always enjoy looking through the programs. I chose to have one because we had a Catholic Mass and while most of the guests were Catholic as well I wanted the non-catholics to know what was going on and where we were at in the ceremony since they tend to last a lot longer than normal ceremonies.

    I saw this idea for bridal party table at the reception where you write a little blurb about each member with a picture – though the cost may not be much different than doing programs.


    Post # 5
    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Well as a guest I kind of like reading programs!! I feel like they’re really simple to make and wouldn’t take that much effort. I hand made all of mine and it took a couple of nights.


    Post # 6
    11356 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I absolutely love to read people’s wedding programs. I love knowing who each member of the bridal party is and what his or her relationship is to the bride or groom. I would be disappointed if there were no program.  However, I probably am in the miniority on this.

    Post # 8
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Use brochure printing with Vistaprint – wait for a groupon and sign up for the Vistaprint emails and you can save a bunch.  I’ve seen alot of brides use the tri fold brochures from Vistaprint for their programs.

    Post # 9
    4193 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Depends. Our ceremony has two congregant responses, which would be a challenge without a program. You could do something simple and have it printed at an office supply store.

    They’re also nice if your religion is not the same as most of your guests. At a recent Jewish wedding, over half the guests weren’t Jewish, and the program explained a lot of traditions we’d see throughout the ceremony and reception- it was wonderful.

    Post # 10
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I like them, but didn’t find it worth it to spend a lot on them.  I just did the layout myself and my husband had them printed and folded at Kinkos.  I think it was like 25 dollars or something.  

    Post # 12
    1425 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I honestly don’t see why we would need a program. We’re not having a religious ceremony. Honestly, when I think of a program, I think of a playbill (the hazards of working in theatre). Programs would be the first to go for us.

    Post # 13
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I really like having them as a guest – so I know who people are, so I have something to read while I’m waiting for the ceremony to start, so I can follow along.  But honestly, I always feel so bad for brides who clearly have spent a ton of time on them because I just throw them away.  So if you decide to have programs, just do very simple ones (i.e. print them at home and use discounted programs from Michael’s or something like that).

    Post # 14
    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think a bunch of people are saying that cutting the programs was cost effective.


    Well… I DIYed my invites and had paper left over (paper had to be bought in packs of 100). I printed the program on that paper and then tied it with a ribbon. So my cost breakdown was:

    free paper

    free printing

    $5 ribbon

    Post # 15
    665 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would try vistaprint or making them? I know you said handmaking isnt possible, but I invite 250 (expecting around 200ish) and Im planning on making them. If you do a simple one thats one sheet you will only have to design the program o the computer and then print however many copies you need!


    You might even be able to find someone on etsy who will charge you a fee to design them and then you can print them!


    Post # 16
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I voted nobody will miss them, as in nobody will be going “so-and-so’s wedding didn’t have programs! scandalous!” but agree with the pp’s that if you have alot going on then you might want to have some, they don’t have to be super fancy or expensive but just to let people know what’s going on. Is the wedding is simple I wouldn’t do it (I’m probably not going to for mine but we’ll see if we have leftover paper like another pp said)

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