(Closed) Ceremony programs?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

We’re having programs for two reasons: 1-there’s a congregant response, so people will need to know what to say, and 2- the ceremony will be outside, so they’re doing double duty as fans.

Otherwise, I wouldn’t bother- save yourself a DIY! 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Cheeks225:  I also had a short secular ceremony, with NO readings at all … but I still made programs! Mine were more like the programs you’d get at a ballet show or something — in other words, it isn’t so much about what you’re going to see but about WHO you’re going to see! So there was a paragraph about how Darling Husband and I met with a funny picture of us, and there were descriptions of who the bridal party was with pictures, and a page to thank everyone (especially my parents who paid) and to recognize who the parents of the bride and groom were. The programs were actually a big hit, as they were pretty funny and cute and gave the guests something to look at while they waited for the ceremony to start. So they are definitely not required, but can be a fun added touch if you have the extra time to make them!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think they are necessary but if you want to use them you can thank the guests for coming and also recognize special folks like the bridal party and all.  But yeah if it is super short I wouldn’t expect it.  Pluse all of the thanks and recognition can be done during the reception. 

I did them but I had a full Catholic mass so I included the readings, the songs, everything. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

They’re not required. but as a guest, I like them. Even with the shortest ceremony, there’s way to make an interesting program. I like having something to read while I’m waiting and I like the keepsake. You can use it to detail what will be read, who’s reading, who’s officiating, who’s in the wedding party, etc.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

If the ceremony is pretty typical and doesn’t require the guests to do anything then programs aren’t necessary. Some people like them and do them anyway, but if it isn’t something you’re excited about, I say just skip it!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Cheeks225:  I won’t be using a template, but making my own. You can print a program on your own card stock or go to a printer to see what options they may have.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We didn’t do them and I’m happy with that.

We had a chalkboard at the entrance listing everyone participating in the ceremony; no one mentioned lack of programs.

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