Post # 1
One of my bridesmaids asked me the other day if I was having a program at the ceremony. It had never occured to me, because honestly, I’d never seen one.
I’ve been to 10 weddings in the last year (yeah, seriously) and none had a program! So, I’m thinking this really isn’t necessary — but, is it? What do you guys think? Do I have to have one? What is its purpose? What kind of info goes into it?
I’m going to add a poll bc those are fun
Post # 3
I voted no, you don’t need them. They are kind of a waste of money! I had GIANT programs printed (4’x16′) and used them as banners to cover some ugly bricks that were at my venue, but otherwise we wouldn’t have had them at all!
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@sarg88: Yes I had programs, no they’re not necessary. The purpose was to introduce our bridal party and who they were in our lives, keepsake for the parents, and we put a thank you note on the back.
Post # 5
I diy’ed ours and it was uber cheap! It had the wedding party info and ceremony details on the front. To make it more interesting we had a “Fun Facts” about us with a Thank You message to the guests on the back. It also had a invite to our after ceremony hot chocolate station on the patio. SO…for us it was kinda needed.
I loved that it was a cheap way to add a little something to our plain ish ceremony and gave the guests something to do while waiting….and I was about 10 min late. 😉
I don’t think they are required but they don’ hurt either.
Post # 6
We’re not doing programs. I have a large chalk board we’re going to set up with the names of everyone in the wedding party but even that isn’t neccessary.
Post # 7
We did them, but you dont have to. I loved doing it because it gave me a place to put meaningful poems, rememberances of people we lost, thank our parents, wedding party, family and friends. But that is up to you. Mine were very elaborate, but you could just do a sheet of paper folded in half.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
The only reason I’d consider having a program (which I think are a waste of time, money, and tress) is to use this:
Post # 9
@lolot OMG. That is to die for. Do you think my mother would be upset??? 😉
Post # 10
We needed programs for the lyrics for the worship songs, so we put people’s names and that kind of things in there too. You could get away without them if you didn’t have to notes about a religious program.
Post # 11
I really like programs, especially for long ceremonies (think catholic masses). They are also really good for explaining unusual customs. I don’t think they need to be expensive though… DIY is a grea solution!
Post # 12
@sarg88: If there are parts of your ceremony that will be unfamiliar to guests, then I think you need programs. For example, we’re having a Jewish ceremony but not all our guests will be Jewish. So, we’ll explain the various traditions in a wedding program. But if you aren’t doing anything that will be novel for your guests, I don’t think it’s necessary to have a program.
Post # 13
@sarg88: I only remember the program from one wedding I’ve been to over the years, but it turns out that they all had them. I probably even got the programs at each of them (one of them I was passing them out), but I don’t remember them at all. It seems like it’s something that family members or older ppl like, so they’ll probably try to make you do them at the last minute anyway.