Post # 1
I keep wondering if I should just DIY some wedding programs. I’m sure I can, and maybe it’s a nice touch, but are they needed?
I’m having a small, fairly simple ceremony. We all walk down the aisle, we exchange vows and boom, we’re married. We aren’t doing a sand or candle ceremony, there will be no readings of any kind. Do you think programs are one thing we can skip? I honestly can’t remember what any of my friend’s programs looked like. I certainly never kept them. Is it worth even having them?
What do you think? Did you or didn’t you do wedding programs and why?
Post # 3
If it’s a simply ceremony as you’ve described, then I would skip them. The only times I’ve seen programmes used were in weddings with religious ceremonies. We’ll having one but that’s because we’re having a Catholic mass.
Post # 4
I don’t think they are nescessary…honestly no one is going to care about them and probably only half will read them. So I can easily see how people think it’s a waste of time and money.
However, I will be DIYing my own, but stly just as a cute touch because what we are doing matches our ‘theme’ perfectly! Plus I have gift cards for the supplies so they will be esstentially free
Post # 5
No, they’re not necessary. If you had a long ceremony or a huge wedding party perhaps it would be nice for guests to glance at. We didn’t do them because we got married on the beach and our entire ceremony only took 1/2 an hour. I would save your money and time and skip them:)
Post # 6
Absolutely not necessary. People have been to weddings before. They know the deal.
Now if you want them I say go for it. Don’t feel like you have to though.
Post # 7
Nope. I didn’t even consider working on one. I told my husband he can take care of that, but he didn’t either.
Post # 8
I do not think so…mine were only necessary because they doubled as fans for our outside summer wedding 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
@BriansBride: My ceremony is simple too. We’re not having programs.
Post # 10
I’ve never even looked at one at the weddings I’ve attended so we didn’t even consider them.
Post # 11
No, I feel like they are somewhat a waste of time (for us). Maybe if you have a huge wedding with a lot of guests, it would be a good idea. But our destination wedding was tiny plus we had information about our wedding party on our website.
Post # 12
@BriansBride: absolutely not (sorry!) unless you are having a wedding that is a) culturally unique and/or would be confusing/too complicated for most of your guests or b) in another language, i say absolutely save your money. we didn’t use programs and no one missed them.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn
@BriansBride: In your case I would so no, you don’t need wedding programs. If the ceremony is as short and simple as you suggest, then they won’t have the chance to even really look at them!
We had them, but we had a lot of cultural things to explain!
Post # 14
Unless you have a long cultural or religious ceremony, typically I’d say no, they’re not necessary at all.
However, we made programs in the end, though we did it mostly to have something formally acknowledging our grandparents who couldn’t be with us for the event. We also DIY-ed all our paper so making programs wasn’t a big deal.
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
We did programs mostly for a keepsake for the older family guests and for some older folks that were not well enough to attend :(. I DIYed them and used powerpoint (at the time I didn’t know how to use photoshop) to do a simple layout. I got them printed at Office Max. I think it cost about 75 dollars all together.
Post # 16
I don’t think they’re necessary at all. I did decide to do some, but went with fun ones that have an entire side with fun facts about us and most of the back is taken up with parents’ names and the wedding party. We’re also having a pretty basic ceremony, so that’s just a small part at the end.