(Closed) Are Programs Silly?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I say skip ’em. My sister didn’t have them at her wedding and no one noticed.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re putting ours to further use besides just giving people the order of events. We’re also putting a thank you note in them, and listing the menu of appetizers and drinks so that people can transition to cocktail hour quickly. We also have some silly stuff for them to read while they’re waiting for teh ceremony to start (it’s a booklet).

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think they are silly, but neither do I think they are necessary. The wedding party is introduced at the reception, guests can entertain themselves prior to the ceremony, they will see what the appis are when they arrive etc etc etc.

Some couples make them do dual duty as  a fan for a hot outdoor wedding. If your budget is tight, I think this is one cut that no one would miss.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I always like programs as a guest, gives me something to read over before/after the ceremony. I like the ones that explain who is in the wedding party, what the layout of the ceremony will be, thank you note at the end (and sometimes instructions to the reception – very helpful for those that forgot their invites).

A great (and usually much cheaper) alternative is to use projection screens with slides that run through. Then guests can get the info, see fun photos, and you save paper.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I wouldn’t call them silly, but if you’re looking for ways to cut costs, I think you can easily skip the programs and nobody will miss them.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I also would call them silly. I enjoy reading them as a guest. To each their own. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

They arent silly. But if you dont want them, you dont have to have them. People loved the DIY scrolls that I made as programs. Something similar to these. I got a lot of compliments on them and dont regret having them at all

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Mrs. Bear Cheese Pie:  Not yet, but they’re really not bad. I bought two 25-packs of really nice 12×12 paper (maybe $22?), got them cut into 12×6 so they can fold into 6×6 booklets. I’ll print the pages on paper I already have, it’ll be another $3 to have kinkos cut that, and then maybe $7 for ribbon to tie them together. I’m decorating the outside with stamps I bought for other wedding projects – our monogram and our names/date – but that could also be printed. The hard part was working with the MS word template. And probably stapling all of them. All said and done, we should have about 90 programs for 130 guests.

My design was based off of this –> http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/225466/program-booklets-ribbon-binding?czone=inspiration/DIY/stationery&center=272429&gallery=228659&slide=131915

And adjusted to use material I already had. So you could probably even make them for cheaper/less effort.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

The only reason we had them is because DH’s 11 year old nephew wanted a job in the wedding and I had some VistaPrint coupons and got 100 printed for like $10. If you don’t want them, they aren’t necessary, no worries.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not having them– I’ve been to weddings that have them and wedding that don’t, and can’t even remember which ones had them. I’m sure I scanned them quickly at the wedding that had them, but I can figure out what’s happening and who’s who without a program.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Honestly I think Save-The-Date Cards are more un-important than programs. I mean, the invites kinda cover everything the STD does so…. I’m not having any. Maybe thats just me. Im only having 50 guests and they are getting their invites a little more than 2 months away from the wedding date. However, Ive always liked programs for weddings. It does give you an outline of how long the wedding is going to last and who all is involved and their names and their roles in the wedding. Guests usually take it home as a keepsake. My program, however, is not going to go to waste. Im making program fans that ushers will pass out IF guests want them and they will look like this (it is an outdoor wedding and can serve as air if someone is hot or shade if the sun is in their eyes):

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I recently attended a wedding with no program.  I felt lost and confused during the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.  I would have loved the courtesy of a program.

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