(Closed) is anyone not having a program at wedding????

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 32
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013
Post # 33
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


I’m not having individual programs, instead I am writing all of the information (parents names, wedding party …) on a chalk board I made. I’m going to place it at the entrance so our guests can read it on their way to their seats.

This saves paper and everyone can see who the special guests are.

Post # 35
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@kimjmom:  We are not doing programs at the wedding.  Any readings or poems that we have I plan to incorporate into the decor, a framed verse here and there mingled in with pics of family members on their wedding day.

I agree it seems to be an added expense that can be done without, especially since most ceremonies are not that long.

Post # 36
2623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t think they are waste of money or time.Wedding programs are super easy to make on a personal computer and is only going to cost a little time and some ink and paper that you already have laying around.


Yes they end up in the trash because people don’t need them after the ceremony. I think the pages about the bridal party procession are useless and no one really cares. However the part that gives an outline to the ceremony, any cultural or special things being done can be explained, and allows guest to follow along and understand what going on.


I think they are helpful if you doing a religious ceremony and have friends coming how never seen one done, every time I go to catholic wedding with people who never been they seem a bit perplexed about what going on.




Post # 37
704 posts
Busy bee

We didn’t have programs. People were able to tell who the Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man (‘best gal’ in our case) were based on where they stood at the altar with us, and though programs mention people’s names for those who don’t know everyone in the party, names could easily be forotten after the program are tossed away. We decided to let people just enjoy the ceremony without them.

If you’re doing any special rituals within your ceremony that you want your guests to understand, you can have your officiant explain it/them rather than putting the info in a pamphlet. 

I could see pamphlets being helpful if a wedding was in another language, though, or if it had to be structured a certain way for religious reasons without possibility of explanation during the service. 

Do whatever feels right for you guys 🙂


Post # 38
392 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kimjmom:  I always thought this was a great alternative

Post # 39
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re not having one for a few reasons:

1. The DJ is going to be announcing what is going on, such as first dance, father daughter dance, cake cutting, etc. 

2. I’m an avid recycler and I know that the programs will be thrown away and end up in a land fill. If we were to have them, I’m not sure I could get everyone to put them in a special bin/basket to be taken to the recycling center.

3. I don’t really see the point in having one unless there is something super unique worth knowing ahead of time that most weddings don’t usually have. I think most weddings are straightforward and people will probably know what to expect. It would be a waste of $ as well because a lot of people don’t even glance at the programs.

4. I’ve found that some people will hide behind the programs (read it, pretend to look busy) in order to avoid socializing with people they’ve never met. I know at my weddiing, I want people to mingle and get to know each other. 

Post # 40
5486 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We didn’t. I honestly didn’t see the point either. I told my husband if he wants them, go for it. I didn’t want any extra things to worry about. 


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