(Closed) Are wedding ceremony programs necessary?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I never really saw the need for wedding programs.  I notice they usually get left on the seat after the ceremony.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We did not have any and I did not see the need. I would assume that if you’re having a very religious ceremony for your religion, but yet a lot of the guests will be lost as to what is going on, then a program where you explain the symbolism, etc. of the ceremony and what is going on can be helpful. We did have a very religious ceremony but had no need to do this since everyone was of the same religion and understood what was going on. I think your bookmark idea is cute, and I like that it includes a personal message to your guests from you.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

No. Everyone knows how the ceremony goes. Honestly, very few people will notice you didn’t have them. I always end up tossing them right after. I wouldn’t do a bookmark either. Especially since many people have ereaders now days.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Heck no they’re not necessary, but they can be fun! I handmade mine based on a picture I saw in the DIY section here on the Bee, and it includes very funny blurbs on how we know everyone in the bridal party and how Fi and I met each other. All with pictures. The result is a document that even if they won’t keep it, they can at least entertain themselves with while they wait for the ceremony to start Smile

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Nope!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Aw, I like the bookmark idea!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

They’re certainly not necessary.  However, I, for one, LOVE them!

When I am waiting for a wedding to begin, I not only take in the beautiful surroundings but also pore over the wedding program to see “who’s who” in the cast of participants. I love reading the acknowledgments that the couple gives to their parents, family, and friends; learning the names and composers of the songs and the soloists who are singing them; and discovering that the third bridesmaid is the groom’s sister and that the ring bearer is the bride’s nephew, etc. To me, it’s a lovely keepsake. However, I’m sure that I’m the exception, since I have kept every wedding invitation and program I have ever received in my adult life up until recently, when I began attending weddings of people I really didn’t know just because my Darling Husband is the pastor who is marrying them. (I’ve even kept some of THOSE programs, because I thought they were especially beautiful. 🙂

Again, I’m sure I am the exception these days, but my wedding program was so important to me that I spent about $1,100 on an eight-page, ribbon-bound, off-set printed-on-thick-100-percent-cotton-paper booklet that matched my engraved invitations! However, even for brides who really do not want to invest much money in a program, you can still have a beautiful one these days!  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I like them, regardless if it’s a religious ceremony or not. Often-times guests don’t know who is in the bridal party and I like knowing who is who. I also like to know how things are going to flow (I really like programs that give cues when things will happen). I always keep the program when I’m a guest and put in in my random keepsake box.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@BetterSherm:  Me, too! (See post immediately above yours.) So glad to know I’m not alone in keeping them, lol!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We didn’t and I don’t think a single person noticed.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Personally I don’t see the point in wedding programs. I understand the need for them with formal church cermoines and large wedding parties. But I am haveing neather so yah. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Not necessary, but I do miss them when they aren’t there! Like Brielle said, I love flipping through them before the ceremony to see the names of the wedding party and their relationship with the couple. I also like to try and gauge how long the ceremony will be.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think they’re necessary but I, too, really really like them. I like having information!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Brielle:  I agree that they’re great to look through before the ceremony!! That’s why I tried to make mine entertaining. Whenever I go to any show (and a wedding is a show too!), I like to look through the program beforehand, even if it’s just to get in the mood 🙂

I ESPECIALLY like them when there are pictures!!! I may not keep them afterwards, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy them!

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