(Closed) Programs for a 20 minute ceremony?

posted 12 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

is there a significance for the venu you chose for the ceremony? you could explain that.

so no readings? is the officiant going to read anything? if there are readings, you could write down who’s speaking and what he/she is reading.

it’s really not a big deal. a friend who just got married in november made programs, however because of the craziness of the day, they were never handed out. so no one had a program and it was fine and she even had readers.

Post # 4
19 posts
  • Wedding: October 2008

I don’t think you need programs for a short ceremony without readings or special traditions.  I’m going to have a short ceremony, but we are planning to incorporate some Celtic traditions (handfasting and quaich).  I will probably make a program so that I can explain the significance of those ceremonies.


Post # 5
7 posts
  • Wedding: June 2007

we also had a short ceremony, but had some readings.  all i had written was the music, the readings, the names of the bridal party and a short thank you at the end.  we used tea length cards, one page.

Post # 6
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We are also having a short ceremony (less than 30 minutes).  We have a very small bridal party, and will have ceremony musicians but no soloists.  The ceremony is at our country club, rather than in a church, so there will be no scripture books for anyone to follow along in, and it is a simple nondenominational service.  We are therefore not doing programs, as I think the main reason for them (to allow people to follow along with the service, including readings and songs) doesn’t really exist.  Also because I can’t see printing yet another entire stack of paper that just gets thrown away at the end of the day.  If anybody wants to know who somebody is, or what the song was, they can ask us!

Post # 7
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think it’s just personal preference.

We are having an outdoor non-denominational ceremony.  The significance of the program that I am designing is not only to introduce the bridal party, but to share thoughts that are important to us: readings and memorials to my decased parents and his deceased grandmother.

To me, it is also a type of "favor."  As I’m not doing traditional favors, this is something for those that care to take something away to have. 

More than anything, it is important to me. It’s not for others to follow along, although I will have the order of the ceremony and a poem that will be read during the ceremony printed inside.

Long story, short — it’s your wedding, it’s your choice.

Post # 8
3 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008

I feel like you should have the programs. Programs are a nice keepsake not just for you, but for the people who love and care about you. They also explain who all of the bridal party is and can contain other bits of useful knowledge. They don’t have to be really expensive or fancy, you could whip some up using some pretty paper and font on your computer. Print and fold. See, it’s easy. 🙂 Hope This Helps.

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