(Closed) is anyone NOT having programs for their ceremony? Good or bad idea?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: should i do programs? only a 15-20 min ceremony and 9 days til my wedding!
    yes, i think its a must have item and guests like them as keepsakes : (9 votes)
    12 %
    no, i dont think it's a must-have item and guests will not notice or care : (66 votes)
    88 %
  • Post # 3
    1046 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think they are kind of a waste of money and time. I think 90% of them will be thrown away pretty much immediately. JMO though… I’d rather spend my money elsewhere! 

    Post # 4
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    The only time i have thought programs were useful was when it was a super long ceremony or a religious one and i needed it to follow along.  For something short and sweet likes yours I don’t think people will notice or care.

    Post # 5
    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @triplemtobe: I agree with SerenaSF. For a shorter ceremony, don’t waste your time. I like them for longer ceremonies. (Basically so I know how much longer I have to sit there. -kidding-)

    Post # 6
    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I skipped it.  Our ceremony was maybe 15 minutes long, and there was nothing complicated about it. 

    Post # 7
    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    9 days out? Why give yourself something exrta to stress about? It’s not going to be a big deal. I think programs are great for longer ceremonies because it gives people something to look at when they get bored. Full disclosure: I’m having programs but they are doing double duty as seating charts as well. 

    Post # 8
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011 - The Viceroy

    Skip them.  I’d say at least half of the recent weddings I’ve been to didn’t have programs and no one noticed.  I think they are only needed if you’re having a long ceremony or to explain some part of the ceremony the guests wouldn’t be familiar with.  I might do programs since I love paper and making things, but if I run out of time, the programs will be dropped from the list. 

    Post # 9
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My theory is if they don’t know who my wedding party is then forget em!  Through all the planning the important people know who everyone is, if my 3rd cousin doesn’t know one of my BMs, well they probably really don’t care anyways….

    Post # 10
    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I’m down the middle with your poll.

    As a guest, I really like knowing a) about how long the ceremony will be and b) where we are in the ceremony. Not that I don’t love my friends and love a wedding, but…well you know, it’s not exactly the most exciting thing to watch. So that’s, to me, the main reason why you’d want them.

    But don’t do them because you expect they’ll be keepsakes, unless it’s a keepsake for YOU. There will be a tiny few people who will save the programs (I’d be one of them, but I’m in the minority). The majority you’ll find crumpled up on the ground underneath empty chairs after the ceremony.

    If you still think you’d like to do them, they needn’t be expensive. Even just a single sheet of paper (or smaller–you could print 4 to a sheet and cut them up) printed at home is fine. MSWeddings had a beautiful example of small single sheets cut up that were in the bride’s colors and they looked chic and modern.

    Post # 11
    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I agree with all the arguments for and against them that other bees have mentioned. The only other reason I think they’re worth having is if there are people that have passed away that you want to remember. Several of my loved ones have passed away, so being able to put their names in and let their immediate families know that they weren’t forgotten that day was a nice addition. Even if the programs only matter to those folks, I think it’s worth it. Just my opinion!

    Post # 12
    2058 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    No you don’t need to do programs. If you want your guests to know the wedding party you can have the DJ/Band leader/MC introduce the wedding party during the reception, you can choose a diff song for each wedding party member and they could boogie on in while they’re being introduced!?!?!?!?

    Our ceremony is 20-25 minutes and we’re not doing a program. We’re not having any readers and we’re having a very simple to the point ceremony.

    Post # 13
    202 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Fiance wants them and I don’t. I just don’t see the point for something that most people won’t keep and our wedding is in his parent’s backyard. Pretty simple and short ceremony so I don’t have anything to put on them! We only have one attendant each so it would be a very short program so I figured why bother. If I were having a bigger or more formal wedding then yes, I might be inclined to do them. For our wedding, I think it’s unnecessary. If I were you, I wouldn’t worry about it. No need to add something else to your plate at this stage in the game!

    Post # 14
    1222 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We are definitely doing them, but that was just a personal decision. I really don’t think they’re expected and people probably would not miss them. However, there are a few things going on in our ceremony we want people to have a better understanding of (like the dedication to our loved ones who have passed), so that’s why we did them.

    Post # 15
    4518 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We didn’t do them, and we also had a short outdoor ceremony at the venue where the reception was held. They were not missed at all.

    To me, the main benefit of programs (for short, simple ceremonies like ours) is that they give you a chance to formally thank people for coming. Sine we didn’t have programs, we just made a toast thanking everyone (and saved a bunch of trash in the process). 

    Post # 16
    1559 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I will tell you now, these really are not a necessity and guests aren’t going to hate you for not having a program. 

    I personally am going to do programs, but I’m going to turn them into paddle fans because we have an outside wedding in June. The fans will allow my guests to stay informed AND stay cool if it’s still hot by the time the ceremony starts at 6:30. 

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