(Closed) Is it ok not to have programs?

posted 11 years ago in Paper
Post # 17
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My cousin’s wedding was this past Friday, and someone had forgot to bring the programs to the ceremony.  Honestly it was a little confusing following the service. It wasn’t too big of a deal in the end, but as a guest it would have been nice to have.

Post # 18
4485 posts
Honey bee

Unless it is a religious ceremony, such as a Catholic mass which is very involved, where there will be guests who don’t know what is going on since they don’t follow that religion, programs are totally optional. Most ceremonies though are very easy to follow along without a program. A large number of weddings actually don’t have any and guests are able to tell what is going on with no problem.

Programs, like favors, are one of the first things you can cut if you are on a budget and no one will miss them.

Post # 19
2487 posts
Buzzing bee

I don’t find programs necessary at all. We’re having a destination wedding with a smaller guest list (30-40) so I don’t see the point of them for our wedding. 

I’ve been to weddings with them and without them. I will say that the only time I actually used them was at weddings with different cultural aspects. 

Post # 20
695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I rarely read through a whole program unless I’m very confused about the religious aspects of a ceremony, so I don’t think they’re necessary.

Do you have a wedding website? If so, you could post the program on your website so that people can read up in advance 🙂

Post # 21
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are still up in the air about this one. I agree with the fact that it isn’t a huge priority.

Post # 23
2828 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are going pretty small and intimate, I really do not think anyone will need a program to explain the who how and why.. if they do, then I think there are bigger things to worry about than a program, lol.

Plus, it saves us that little extra time, effort and money, so I am all for cutting them out.

Post # 24
4122 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m actually “skimping” on our invites for our programs… but that’s only because we’re doing a full Catholic mass and half the guests aren’t Catholic. I want to be able to explain what’s happening and give our guests the entire mass with directives so they can follow.

If we were doing a short wedding or a small one I would not even blink or hesitate at dropping them.

Post # 25
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I was just having this conversation with myself…. being in a similar budget place as yourself.  I don’t want to spend anymore money and programs seem to be a good place to save.  However, I’ve always LOVED programs when I go to weddings.  They help set the tone for the wedding and bring guests into the event in a more personal way.  Instead of wondering who is standing up in front – they’ll know.  It’s also helpful to see what’s coming and to anticipate the length, etc.  I also think it’s a nice spot to share your gratitude with your guests.

ALL THAT SAID…. do you HAVE to do it?  Of course not.  Some people will miss them, others won’t.  It’s not a deal breaker – but, like others have said – there are ways to do them cheaply and well – so it doesn’t need to break the bank.

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