(Closed) Programs…are they really necessary?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Are you having programs?
    Yes, because I think they should be at every wedding : (10 votes)
    13 %
    No, because they aren't a necessity : (29 votes)
    38 %
    Yes, but I don't think they are required. : (38 votes)
    49 %
  • Post # 3
    1962 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think that they are really helpful and I personally use them to help me figure out the ceremony.  Do I think spending thousands of dollars is wasteful? Yes.  Am I going to have them (at a much more reasonable cost)?  Yes.

    Post # 4
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I had prgorams and I dont think they were necessary….i think people used them as fans which is great as it was hot…but it was a waste of time and money as fas as i was concerned (I wasnt going to do them until i had tons of extra paper so just printed them off!)



    Post # 5
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    When i began wedding planning i didn’t think i would do programs and my Mom COULD NOT get over it.  She insisted that we must have them… and so we are. 🙂  No biggie to me but it makes her happy!

    Post # 6
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I had them and while I don’t think they are necessary, I do think they are really nice and beneficial to your guests.  As a guest, I always read them before the ceremony and then follow along in them during the ceremony.  Plus, they can be done really inexpensively.

    Post # 8
    4582 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I only ever briefly glance at a wedding program and then spend the rest of the ceremony and reception trying to figure out what to do with it. Once home, it ends up in a pile of miscellaneous papers because I feel bad throwing it away.

    I can see them being useful if you’re having a long, complicated ceremony but since we’re trying to keep ours short and simple, we’re saving money and skipping the programs.

    Post # 9
    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I didn’t have them, and they weren’t missed. We had some things in our ceremony (chuppah, wine ceremony, breaking of the glass), which might have been confusing to some people, but our rabbi explained them all during  the ceremony in a really nice way. programs were just another thing that I did not want to think about and did not feel that they were important at all.

    Post # 10
    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re not having them. I’m trying to keep the DIY reasonable and they were the first things I cut. I think they are nice for religious ceremonies where a decent number of the guests may be unfamiliar with what is going on but for a 20 minute non-denominational ceremony I don’t see what value they add (aside from being cute/pretty).

    Post # 11
    11105 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    D’ya know i’ve never been to a wedding where they’ve not been used. But all i’ve used them for is the words for the hymns and as Baileyh said for a fan so now i’m questionning are they really necessary as the hymn books could just be put out.

    Post # 12
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m having them but thats because its a requirement at the chapel where I’m getting married. All Catholic weddings have to use them (at that chapel). I think we’d have them though even if it wasn’t required. I hate waiting with nothing to do and the programs usually keep me occupied.

    Post # 13
    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    My sister doesn’t want to have programs at her wedding. For one thing, they cost extra but she also doesn’t like programs because in her opinion it make the ceremony sound like a play or something lol. That is just her own personal beef though.

    If we do print programs, it’ll be done at home. I don’t think I’d pay for professional printing for them. I’ll probably just buy some nice paper and print it on a regular printer.

    Post # 14
    381 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Do I think you should have them? Yes. Do I think you should order them and pay lots of $ for them? No. I’m making a simple (but elegant) program in word, printing it on nice paper and calling it a day. Don’t spend a ton of time on them before people won’t care what they look like (but if they’re ugly, people will talk – go figure). People like to follow along on a program. It keeps their attention better. Also, guests like to know the names of the bridal party and other people involved in the ceremony.

    EDIT: We’re having a Catholic wedding so it’s also required, but I would do them regardless. I’ve never been to a wedding where there haven’t been programs, and I’ve been to many nondenominational “quick” 15 min ceremonies, too.

    Post # 15
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I don’t believe they are necessary, but they sure are nice and can be done inexpensively.

    When I go to a wedding, I like being able to see the order of events, but more than that, I like seeing the names of the wedding party. There are lots that I have wondered who certain bridesmaids or groomsmen are.

    Programs are also helpful to those who are involved in the wedding so they can see the order of events. That way everyone is on the same page and everything goes in order instead of everyone looking around wondering what happens next.

    If you are inviting everyone to the reception, you can put directions to the reception site on the back of the program.

    I’ve known some couples that like to have a congregational hymn and they normally put the words to the song in the program.


    Post # 16
    3295 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i feel like…. for a catholic – or other religious ceremonies guests are not familiar with, programs are a must… but for your average wedding… no 🙂

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