Post # 1
So my wedding is probably going to be about 80-90 people, and there are 8 people in the wedding party. My Fiance and I aren’t religious, and we plan to keep the ceremony short and sweet, probably at about 15-20 minutes max.
People have been telling me I need programs so that guests know who is in the wedding party, who’s Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man, etc., but won’t they know after they’re announced at the beginning of the reception? I guess I just don’t want to go through the hassel of making them and spending the money on them if they’re not necessary, but I don’t want to insult the wedding party by not having them. What do you guys think?
Post # 3
‘m not having them… like you, i figured people will know who they are when they are announced. Plus a lot of the guests will know each other, the only ones who really won’t are friends from different towns and a few family members who live in differnet areas.
Post # 4
I’m going to have a blackboard with the vital details, no point printing something up for our small wedding
Post # 5
I voted no – most people only use them to see how much of the ceremony is left, anyway.
Post # 6
I hate programs unless there is something long and detailed going on. I vote no
Post # 7
We skipped programs and nobody missed them, so I say you don’t need them!
Post # 8
I’m in a similar situation as you – 60 guests max, family and a few close friends only, NO wedding party, short 15-20 minute secular ceremony. I initially thought I wanted to do programs so I could include the readings I would like to feature, and… I couldn’t think of any other reason to have them. So, after mocking up an invitation (probably spent a whole day designing them) and getting approval from my fiance, I looked at them again and decided not to use them afterall. The way I see it, people will look at them for the 15-20 minute ceremony and then forget about them and they’ll probably just end up cluttering up the venue and being trash we have to pick up at the end of the night. (Edit: and I don’t want to spend another hour at Kinko’s fighting with their infurating printers to get them done).
Instead I spent another day designing guestbook pages and I’ll get those instead. 😀
Post # 9
It’s personal preference, really. I’ve been to weddings where there were no programs, and some weddings where there were.
For our wedding, I made program fans, since our ceremony is outdoors and in June. This way the guests can fan themselves while reading “who’s who”. Total cost was about 30 cents each.
Post # 10
has anyone been to a wedding with 250 without them? I’m debating not doing them as well.