(Closed) Do We Need Programs?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
  • poll:
    Your mom is correct: you should do programs. : (7 votes)
    15 %
    You are correct: programs are unnecessary in your case. : (38 votes)
    81 %
    Other: I will explain below. : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    104 posts
    Blushing bee

    We didn’t have a program for our June wedding and no one seemed to notice or care.  I felt it was more time and money then it was worth.  Plus our wedding was outside and we couldn’t guarantee they wouldn’t be blowing around in the wind or something.  I didn’t hear one comment from anyone about missing the programs.  Our minister actually messed up on our ceremony too (he was a joke) so if we had programs for people to follow, they would’ve noticed he missed a reading and jumped around with the guideline.  So it worked out for us

    Post # 5
    1636 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I like the idea of programs, but I feel they’re a bit unnecessary unles there’s something that really needs explaining.  If you had money to burn, sure, but you could save a few hundred and put it towards something else, like you said.  I agree it’s a nice way to acknowledge the wedding party, family, and guests of honor, but you only have a best man.  In your case, with the specific circumstances of your wedding, I wouldn’t do it.  I don’t even think we’re going to do it for ours, and I really like the idea.  The resources (time, money, and paper) could be better applied somewhere else.

    Also, I guess some people, like your mom, consider them necessary, but for a lot of other people it’s a weird, relatively new wedding creation.  In mentioning the idea of programs in an offhand way, I’ve had more than one person reply to me, “Programs?  For a wedding??”

    Post # 6
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We are having programs but only because we are doing an Episcopal ceremony in a church with some Jewish elements included (FI is Jewish), so the program helps explains what’s going on. I recently went to a traditional Jewish wedding with no programs and it was totally fine. So if you are doing a pretty “by the book” ceremony and you don’t want programs, I don’t think you need them.

    Post # 7
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    If you want to have a program just so your mother will be happy you can find templates online and just buy some pretty cardstock and print them yourself at home. Thats what im doing and they look gorgeous! But on the ither hand no, I dont think you need a program.

    Post # 8
    152 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I think programs are nice to have. If you don’t have any ceremonial elements to explain, you can still add blurbs about you and your Fiance and thatn the guests for coming. I bought my programs with a design on the front and a blank inside so that I can print my own, and it cost me roughly $10 for 100 of them. I like seeing programs at weddings, as it gives me something to look at while waiting for the ceremony to start. But if you chose to forgo them, I don’t think your guests would mind/notice/care. Most details like this the bride takes great pride in (if she chooses to have it) but no one else really does!

    Post # 9
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think you’re right. Programs when it’s a small, normal wedding AND you don’t really want them = unnecessary death of trees.

    Post # 10
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    We used a large chalkboard on an easel instead of programs. 

    We actually made it from a large cheap frame and used chalkboard spray paint. We removed the glass. It is now completely reuseable as a regular frame or chalkboard as we want. You could easily use an existing frame and paint a piece of paper or the backing of he board. (we acutally used the paper in it)

    Post # 11
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    They aren’t necessary.  I had them because I love programs but were they needed?  No.

    Post # 12
    4582 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m generally anti-paper programs. I think they’re often unnecessary and a waste of money. With your wedding, I really don’t think you need them at all!

    What I do like is the chalkboard program idea like the PP mentioned. I bought a chalkboard at Staples for $6 after coupons and I plan on putting it on easel that my mom has, or just propping it up against a tree!

    Post # 13
    2161 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We had them and I am glad I decided to do them at the 11th hour. 

    Post # 15
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    I put it where people walked by to get to the ceremony site. I think that is most appropriate. People mingle before sitting so it gives them a chance to read it.

    Post # 16
    2907 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We could have used them (interfaith wedding, lots of honors) but no one but me really missed them.

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