(Closed) No programs at the wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

why not DIY?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I can’t remember having programs while I was at a wedding, but I did make some for mine since our ceremony is untraditional (family is Catholic and have all had Catholic weddings, though we definitely will not be). I wasn’t going to at first and nobody thought of this as a problem! I just bought the paper from Staples and printed it myself. It was a huge pain in the rear to finally get everything set up to print out properly, but I got it eventually :p

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m pretty sure we’re going to skip the programs. I’m pretty positive the wedding I attended last summer had no programs, and I know my brother’s had none. I really didn’t miss ’em. I think it’s kind of nice with a longer ceremony so your guests know how much more they have to suffer through, but I don’t think it’s otherwise necessary. 😛

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I think I may do DIY programs on Microsoft Word on pretty scrapbooking paper and top it with a bow.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

None of my cousins had programs at their weddings and actually between my fiance and I we can’t think of any weddings we’ve been to that had any…  (We’re not planning on having them either.)  

I think the only time they’re necessary is if the ceremony is going to be very unfamiliar to your guests or complicated.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’ve never been to a wedding without them. I think they’re important, but you can certainly skip them if you want. I like to know who is in the wedding and what the readings are, etc.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Out of the 8 billion weddings I’ve been to (or so it feels like!) only two weddings had programs. They are a nice addition to a ceremony, but I agree with your Fiance that you can do without them. The only time I think programs are necessary is if you’re having an interfaith wedding or filling your ceremony with something your guests may not be used to!

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Most of the weddings I’ve been to have had programs – but only one had any sort of info on the traditions, etc. The rest were all just a list of who’s who and the readings, etc. I’m still debating whether to bother myself – I personally think it’s something you can skip, unless you really want your guests to know step by step what is going on… besides which most just end up in the recycling bin after the fact, seems like a waste! 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

To be honest I never seen programs in the weddings I been to. So Im debating if I should do them or not.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

pretty much every wedding with the exception of one (which I can remember, at least) had programs.  Recently, my Future Brother-In-Law & Future Sister-In-Law didn’t have them but used a slideshow during the processional to identify everyone.  It was cute and everyone enjoyed watching a ton of pictures.

we’re going to DIY the programs.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We had programs at our wedding, but they were DIY all the way (perhaps I should technically call it HDI – husband did it).  The main two reasons we had them were: our families and friends (95% of them) travelled from Louisiana to be with us for our wedding in the Rockies and we wanted to thank them.  Second, I wanted to incorporate something to honor those who couldn’t be with us, especially my father who passed away when I was 17.  I knew I would end up bawling if it was part of the ceremony, so honoring his memory in our program was the way for us to go.  Oh, and also, we had a handfasting ceremony, and I really felt it was important to explain the symbolism behind each of the 13 colored ribbons.  

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve only actually attended a handful of weddings, they all had programs. I never thought about not having them, but I’m sure nobody would miss them! I don’t think anyone would be looking for one! I may even choose to leave them out too … what a waste of trees.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Most of the weddings I’ve been to have had programs, and I think they are a nice touch.  But I wouldn’t say they are necessary, unless it is the type of ceremony where the guests are supposed to participate a lot. We are kind of taking the middle route. Our church will print the programs for us if we give them all the necessary information and provide the program covers. Hopefully we will be able to get that to them within the next week- or I guess we will be sans programs.

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