(Closed) Do I have to make programs?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I personally think they are unnecessary, but a nice touch.  I didn’t think they were necessary at my wedding at all, however, I really wanted to have a written "Thank you" page for all the people that helped us make the wedding a possibility.  It also is a good way to honor the members of your bridal party and family that are participating in the wedding.

In the case of a more formal, Church wedding, I still don’t think they’re "necessary", however, guests will appreciate knowing what readings they are hearing, what songs will be sung/played, and when it is appropriate to sit and stand (if that is the case at your wedding).  But we were married at our reception site, and our ceremony was pretty informal, so there wasn’t really a "program".  Basically our program was kind of a  "thank you" brochure.  I’m glad I made them, just for that reason.

 They dont have to be expensive, you can simply cut 8.5×11 cardstock in half, lengthwise, and print out any details you want your guests to know on it using your home computer.  We did ours a little more elaborate, using several sheets of paper, but we still printed them out on inkjet and the cost of the project was negligible, outside of the paper we bought.

Post # 4
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

you don’t have to make them but sometimes it’s nice to put a name to the face of a reader or person in your wedding.  I agree with penguin that they don’t have to be expensive or elaborate- just something simple will do:)

Post # 5
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

They make a nice keepsake. You could do something short, half of a page of 8×11 nice cardstock, printed on your home computer.

But there’s no requirement to have them. If you don’t feel they’re necessary, don’t do them. No one will miss them.

Post # 6
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I don’t think they are necessary. Most people do them to let their guests know exactly what’s going on at all times and to list their wedding party. I’ve never been to a wedding that had programs either but I am considering making them for that reason, so that our guests know whats going on during the ceremony and the meaning of it too.

Post # 7
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

i’ve been to many weddings where programs were printed on a regular 81/2 x 11" sheet of colored paper.  if you decide to do them, they can be very simple and inexpensive.  they’re a nice touch and gives people that arrive early something to read, but they’re not absolutely necessary. 

Post # 8
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

1.  If it’s stressful and annoying, don’t do it.  It’s not necessary, and looking back, I would have cut out many of the details of my own wedding.  A friend told me, "No one will care if the ribbons are all tied perfectly or if everything matches everything. They’re there to support you and your fiance, and you’ll outshine everything else anyway."

2.  I did make programs, but I did it simply, doing exactly what everyone above said–I went to Office Depot, got some nice stationery paper good for ink-jet printers, and designed and printed them myself. It didn’t take a long time, and it was a nice way to give information on the bridal party members, musicians, songs, and order of service.  I got married in an Anglican ceremony, and only probably 10-15% of guests were familiar with that format.  It was helpful that way.

Post # 9
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i agree with the above posters, but i just wanted to add:

if you’re having a church ceremony, the church just might provide programs if you request them. i know that a lot of churches do offer printed programs at no extra cost. you just provide them the information, and they’ll take care of it. maybe you should check with the church and see if that’s an option!

Post # 10
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Absolutely not necessary!  If you’re incorporating some religeous or ethnic traditions in your ceremony that you think your guests might not understand, or if you want to provide them with copies of the readings or words to the songs, then programs are helpful.  If your guests actually have no idea who your attendants are, then having their names written down isn’t actually going to do much for them.  Better, I think, to have your bridal party go around and actually introduce themselves during the reception, and since they are sort of co-hosts they should be doing that anyway.  Whatever you do, you should remember that almost all of them are going to end up in the garbage even before people get home, or very soon after, so certainly don’t stress yourself out about them.

Post # 11
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I found they’re hlepful.  your guests can follow along (especially if there is a song or response reading, they will know the names of your bridal party and how you’re connected with them, you usually write a thank you note to your guests on the back as well as give out your new contact information.

they can be simple, printed on an 8.5 x 11 and folded in thirds is they way I’m planning on doing it.  or just one sheet 3.5 x 8.

Post # 12
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - Auberge du Soleil

They are not necessary but we did them too so we could recognize our readers, witnesses, etc. We did a single 8.5×11 sheet of paper and folded in half.

But, if it is just another thing that will stress you out then skip it! The most important thing is to focus on your new marriage!

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