Post # 1
I’ve found the perfect invites, thank you cards, rsvp cards etc but I just realized that I didn’t order any programs. Is this a huge deal? I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding that actually had programs so I know that I could care less about them, but I don’t want to go making any huge wedding faux pas. So what is your take on programs? Should they be at every wedding?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
We’re having a fairly simple non denominational ceremony so I didn’t see anything really important to include that most people wouldn’t be able to figure out on their own. If anything changes though I might consider doing them. Thanks for letting me know about your own experiences! 🙂
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 🙂