Post # 1
Not us! Let me tell you, with a little more than a week to go, it’s a huge burden off my shoulders to come to this realization. My mom, fiance and I don’t think we need them because:
I have no bridal party, we have no extra readings in our 20 minute ceremony, there are 30 guests coming to our destination wedding (Hawaii!) and we’ll be thanking everyone during the toasts.
I finally sat down to write the programs, and realized that I had no idea what we would put in them…So I called my mom and asked her what she thought. I woke her up from her nap and asked her if we needed programs. She groggily said that I don’t. Hooraaay! Now I don’t have to do them!
Is anyone else skipping the programs?
Post # 3
I’m not sure yet. We’re considering skipping them as a cost-saving measure, but now I’m thinking it might be something I’d like to have to look back on my wedding ceremony proceedings in the future, maybe when my kids are getting married. At that point I doubt I’ll remember the specific readings and songs I chose so it will be nice to have a record of them. But if you’re not doing readings and don’t have a bridal party then I say skip ’em!!
One thing we are definitely skipping is the menu at each place setting at the reception. They’ll figure out fast enough what they’re eating when it arrives in front of them.
Post # 4
We went fairly simple *and* made them do triple duty. We didn’t have readings or anything like that, so we basically used the program side to provide the names of our officiant, parents and bridal party members. I designed and made them myself in the shape of a fan, so they had a practical use at our outdoor ceremony. Just one sheet of cardstock w/ ribbons at the bottom. The backside of the fan had our food and martini bar menu. We felt we needed it since the food was being passed on trays and at food stations.
Sounds like you really don’t need ’em, tho’! Lucky girl!
Post # 5
We’re not using programs at our wedding etiher. I’m having a small, morning wedding and I don’t really think we need them.
Post # 6
I just went to a destination wedding and they didn’t have programs either and it was great b/c it was one less thing to carry around. I did wonder what was going to happen next though, but the unexpected were definitely more exciting =).
Post # 7
smartl – how many people are coming to your wedding? I remember an earlier post advising that the number of programs should be half (or less!) the number of guests. We ARE doing a menu at everyone’s seats though. It took 5 minutes to print up, and I think it’ll make the buffet line go faster, less "what is this?" and more "mmmmm fresh fish with ginger macadamia sauce"
princesskittyHI – if I hadn’t already bought sandalwood fans to put on everyone’s chairs, I probably would have done something like that too. But I did, and it’s too late for another
FutureMrsRose – if you think you don’t need them, then you probably don’t need them. I kind of thought I needed them because it was one of those things everyone seems to need. I don’t think our guests will miss them, and I think that in our situation it would just be a waste of paper.
MsYuMMie – yeah, I was wondering what they would do with them the rest of the time. I AM putting a wedding day timeline in the welcome packet though, so at least they’ll know when to expect once they get there.
Post # 8
meduzagirl – yes I know about only printing programs for half your guests, though I think we may go to about 60%, I’d like to have a few left over for keepsakes. We’re having about 90 guests.
Post # 9
I am having programs that do double duty. They are a small sheet with the names of our wedding party/parents/officiant/musicians. I’m putting those into an Envelopment ‘portable pocket’ along with a personal note of thanks for joining us. The front of the pocket will have the family’s name and their seating assignment for the reception. People will pick up their pocket on the way into the ceremony. We are having a small wedding, so I wasn’t originally going to do programs, but I liked the idea of recognizing the people participating in the wedding and also having it double as an escort card.
Post # 10
I think we may have programs just for a few reasons. Our ceremony will most likely be outside (in early September) and so it might be nice for people to have something to use as a fan. Also, we will have a bridal party and it would be nice for people to know who they are and why they are standing up with us. 🙂 In addition, my grandfather will be our officiant so I’d like to put something in there about him being the officiant. I’d also like to do a little note in memory of my godmother and FI’s grandfather, both of whom have passed. I’d also say that people would like to know how long they will need to keep their children quiet/still during the ceremony (although it won’t probably be more than 25 or so minutes).
Post # 11
I will prob do them for mine, just cause its a hot outdoor ceremony and FL and Im going to make them double as fans (attaching them to painted popsicle sticks).
I don’t really think they’re necessary, my sister didn’t have them and no one seemed to notice or care. If you want them as a memory then make one, so you can always remember the order and the people in your ceremony.
Post # 12
I’m going to do them, but we expect a lot of people to come, and many of them aren’t Catholic so I think it will fill in the gaps for a lot of people.
Post # 13
I’m with you, we aren’t doing them either. We aren’t doing any special readings during the ceremony, small bridal party, etc. If I were having a larger wedding, I’d probably do them.