(Closed) Are you having ceremony programs?

posted 12 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had programs.

The front cover had a quote, then inside we wrote acknowledgements: a paragraph for my grandmother, my grandparents, his grandfather, and another family friend. Then we put in our reading because it was longer, mainly so people could have the citation as well as some context for it.

Acutally, I’ve never been to a wedding with programs (besides mine) and the only reason I did them was to put in the paragraph for my grandmother.

Post # 4
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

we are tying in a lot of cultural elements, so we want to give explanations for them.

Post # 5
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

Our programs had the typical stuff but basically went like this:
Front cover pic with date and our names
Bridal Party
Order of Ceremony
Order of Reception
Cultural explanations (we fused many cultures into our day!)
Thank you page
Back cover pic w/our wedding poem quote

Hope that helps!

Post # 6
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Nope, we decided not to have programs.  Although I love all things paper, I just felt that programs would (somewhat of) a waste.  I mean most people don’t read them (maybe they do, this is just my opinion) and they just create more trash.  So in addition to trying to more eco friendly, I really didn’t have the budget for them.  Instead of a program, I am going to sit a framed a list of my bridal party by the guest book.  Also – I’m not trying to say programs are useless/pointless/stupid and no one should have them.  I’m just saying they aren’t for me. 

Post # 7
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

We’re probably going to have programs. Besides the normal things, I’ll probably put our two readings and a thank you note at the end. Plus I need to add a note about our group photo after the ceremony. I like being able to read along and since ours is a vow renewal, it’s a little different and I want people to do what’s going on.

Post # 8
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We actually did not have the order of ceremony, b/c I find it sort of unnecessary.

We had:

– a listing of bridal party, parents, grandparents, and wedding participants. 

– full text of the two readings we included

– short statement in memory of those who could not be with us

Mostly I wanted to make sure to recognize everyone who played a role and to include the text of the readings (b/c I love them).

Post # 9
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

we felt that it was unnecessary for our ceremony…so we decided to save ourselves the extra $X and put it towards other things… such as my second pair of shoes 😛

Post # 10
23 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

We weren’t going to have programs except we had to communicate details to guests.

We did them ourselves — we bought card stock from Staples for $11 and had left over twine. We did 2 programs per page, double sided. We printed them on our home printer and tied hemp twine bows to the top. They looked very professional and tied into our theme. 

We basically had our bridal party, parents, officiant, pianist, etc., order of service (to keep our guests informed and allow them to easily follow along), thank you(s), and notes for after the ceremony. For our thank you notes, we wanted to obtain a group photo. At the end of our program we asked our guests to line up outside following the ceremony.

In the end, I am glad we did them. The individual thank you messages we included made those people feel really appreciative.

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