Post # 1
So we are debating on ceremony programs…I am on the fence….I really dont ever keep them…I know most people throw them away….we are having a relatively simple ceremony….nothing fancy….just your basic wedding ceremony, with a few readings, a vow exchange, unity ceremony, and exchange of rings…nothing drawn out….should be maybe 30 minutes….pushing it…45 minutes if we draw it out….but probably in the 20 minute or so range….so Im not even sure we will need them…niether set of parents have kept them from siblings weddings…and i know most people just pitch them…so i am kind of leaning towards not…but is that weird?? what are your thoughts on this? If we do do them they will be super cheap ones i found like 19¢ each….basic….
Post # 2
my Maid/Matron of Honor messed up at the last min and did not make them and they were never missed ; )
Post # 3
I think its only worth it if you use it as a creative add-on. We are doing program activity booklets (I’m a big kid) but its for funsies. We’re also using it to explain the meaning behind some of the ceremonial traditions because we’re an interracial couple. It doesn’t sound like you need it though!
Post # 4
I would print them if you have any sort of song or prayer or poem for your guests to read alond with, but otherwise for a simple ceremony no one is going to miss them.
My programs were on regular paper from Kinkos and it was only a few dollars to print them all (maybe they were 6c each? for double sided printing). You could also do half sheet programs on the resume paper or cardstock at Kinkos. Or print at home. It’s still another thing to worry about and it you’re short on time and energy then there’s no need to have them made.
Post # 5
mrsgroomzilla: agree. If you have audience participation parts or uncommon pieces in the ceremony a program is good. Otherwise put the program on an easel and call it a day.
Post # 6
I agree with PP. You only need a program if there are parts of the ceremony you feel the need to inform the guests about. We’re having them since we’re an intercultural/interfaith couple. So religous and cultural traditions will be explained in the program. If it weren’t for that, though, we’d probably go without.
Something you may want to do is have a sign instead of a handout, that way people interested in reading the order or whatever can, but you don’t have to shell out money for unused programs.
Post # 7
I am doing one large chalkboard program that people will see as they are seated. No use for 120 paper booklets as they get thrown out anyways!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I vote do without them. Its a waste of paper and money. I’m using an old farm house door as our programs. My parents live in an old farm house and updated the front door. Its so heavy but really nice wood and has panes of glass, so I’ll be using window markers to write the program information on it. I’m really excited.
Post # 9
I think they are a nice touch, but I don’t think they are needed.
We are going to do them, though because they are super cheap for us to DIY [25/$6] and they will match all of the rest of our stationary.
Post # 10
I was just in a wedding last weekend where they didn’t have a physical ceremony program, but had the timeline of ceremony on a huge screen above the altar of the church. I thought that was a great idea, but also didn’t state who each person was – which I love seeing. I know they were being very budget conscious, so it worked for them.
I want to do them, even though we’re having a very small family only wedding. I think it’s a nice touch and keepsake to have for later. We plan on writing up our own, and then printing them ourselves, so it should be pretty cost effective.
Post # 11
We didn’t havea ny and were just fine. I didn’t think it was worth the money.
Post # 12
kansas_nurse: I made my own programs, but only because I had left over materials from making invites, and extra time (aka $free lol). I honestly don’t think your guests will miss them if they’re not there, especially if your ceremony isn’t too long.
Post # 13
We had an order of service because some of our guests were not English speakers and we printed the whole thing in 2 languages so they could follow more easily. Mother-In-Law was really pleased as it meant to felt part of it rather than just watching. I designed it myself on word and printed it out booklet style so it cost almost nothing.
For a “normal” ceremony I don’t think it’s necessary but it’s a nice thing to have.
Post # 14
We’re doing them because I need somewhere to put a map with walking directions to the reception that’s just down the street. Otherwise, I’d probably skip ’em – like you said, basically no one holds onto them and they just end up getting thrown out.
Post # 15
I plan on doing them but it will be something really simple. Like PP’s have stated they get thrown away after 30 minutes or so anyways an no one ever remembers your program unless it’s something reaallllly extravagant.