(Closed) Do I really need ceremony programs?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Sevyn:  Make one sign and put it at the ceremony entrance. It will be plenty 🙂

You can even do something as simple as

Music Starts
We get married
The End!

Post # 4
526 posts
Busy bee

you definitely don’t need one, but I love having something in my hand during a ceremony.

I was in the same boat as you, so I used the ‘wolfpack’ template that is out on the bee and it was fantastic and I’m so glad I did it, people who are unfamiliar with weddings thought I had put SO much time into it. 

Basically I changes some words (20 minutes of editing) the colors, and then because I was SO over all the craftiness, I took it to Office Max and had them do the printing and cutting, i think it was like $20 and everyone loved them, then promptly threw them away.  I framed one with a copy of my invite, maybe the kids will laugh one day?

Post # 5
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No, I didn’t have them and they were not missed!

Post # 6
4039 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am not having them. I doubt anyone will miss them.

Post # 7
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I didn’t have them. I figured it’s a wedding…not a concert. Plus, we only had 80 guests anyways. To be honest, I just didn’t have the energy to fuss over programs near the end. No one mentioned missing them. 

Post # 8
364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m not having them. The ceremony is going to be about five minutes, I think the guests can manage to follow along without help.

Post # 9
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

Personally, I find them a complete waste of time and money. Guests will more likely use them for fans than they are to read them. 

Post # 10
7218 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it depends on your ceremony. For example we are having a Lutheran ceremony and quite a few Catholics will be in attendance. Since they are not familiar with our services they would be completely lost during the ceremony. Our ceremony also requests some participation from the guests. If there is really nothing for your guests to do and they will be able to follow it easily then there’s probably no need for a program!

Post # 11
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’ve never been to a ceremony with a program. Granted I’ve never been to a religious ceremony, but still, I think people can figure out what’s going on for the most part…and frankly most people won’t CARE what’s going on to be fully honest, they just want to know what time it ends so they can see the nice kiss and start eating and drinking lol

Post # 12
1109 posts
Bumble bee

Nope! I’m putting a small pack of tissues on each seat instead, a more useful stack of paper lol.

Post # 13
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Nope, we’re doing a big one on a chalkboard instead.

Post # 14
2556 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You don’t need ’em, it’s just an extra detail that I guarantee only you (and maybe your FI) will remember you even had at the end of the day.

Post # 15
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My cousin didn’t have one at her wedding and I missed it. I didn’t know who most of the bridesmaids were, what any of the readings were from, or what the songs were. It’s also a nice take-home.

Post # 16
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You don’t need it. My ffil had them at their wedding and they ended up on the floor, in the street. I was annoyed for his wife who took her time printing & cutting them. It was such a waste. I think one big one might be nice, but unless it doubles as a fan for an outdoor wedding I wouldn’t waste the $$$ or time. 

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