(Closed) To Program, or Not To Program?

posted 10 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Are you doing programs?

    Yes! Because...(see below)

    No! Because...(see below)

    Not sure yet!

  • Post # 17
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m not doing them for a variety of reasons . . . 1) We’re getting married at a nature conservancy, and out of respect of their mission, we want to be considerate of the waste we produce, so I am trying to limit the amount of paper that we use,if it’s not necessary, I’m not doing it; 2) I have all my bridal party information on our wedding website and I think that’s sufficient; 3) We’re having a small, informal wedding with only one reading, so there’s not a formal structure guests need to follow along with; 4) one less project to worry about!!!

    Post # 18
    66 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We are doing programs but keeping them pretty simple. I wanted to included them mainly to add to the whimsy of the day and to add more of our personalities and share a more intimate side of our relationship in a concrete way. It does add more work to the list of things I need to do but I know that I will love them and afterwards I’ll have it as a keepsake.

    Post # 19
    1738 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    im not doing it because i dont know what to put in it and in puertorican weddings you dont see those that much… 

    Post # 20
    7052 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We’re not doing programs.  Saving the dough here & a few trees!   

    Post # 21
    928 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would say definitely do them because it makes the ceremony so much more personal and the guests really appreciate knowing what’s going on throughout the ceremony, especially if there are readings, songs, cultural and religous things, etc.

    I’ve been to too many weddings where there weren’t programs and I really wished there would have been, just to know what’s going on. We plan on doing them through our church since our church is a historical landmark, which we thought would make for cool programs, and we have a few readings and cultural things we’re incorporating that we want to inform the guest of.

    Post # 22
    239 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m planning on making programs because we’ll be having a catholic ceremony and it will help my side follow along (his side is catholic, most of my side doesn’t go to church at all). I’m hoping to put some info about the wedding party, thanks and memorials in there as well. And as others have said, there will be people who want to have them as keepsakes.

    Post # 23
    101 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    When I first started planning, I thought programs were kind of a waste… would my guests really care about the names of our small wedding party? Why do I need to put my dad and FI’s mom’s name on the program when they were on the invitations? Will people really sit and wonder “Hmm, what song is this, playing during the processional”? (They better not — they better be watching my beautiful BMs!)

    But, little by little, its purpose, a least for our wedding, became clear:

    • I’m decorating our gazebo with 1000 paper cranes, and I wanted to explain the significance to our non-Japanese guests.
    • FI’s grandparents and aunt will likely be unable to make the trip to CA from ND, and I wanted to give them a shout-out in the programs, at least (and send them one after the wedding)!
    • My mother and all 4 of my grandparents have passed away (in that order). I wanted to honor them somehow, and in the programs seemed the ideal way.
    • We will be getting a group photo immediately following the ceremony, and I wanted to let people know, so they don’t wander off.

    After all that, I figured, I could add a few of the niceties, so I’m throwing in a thank you for coming, the wedding party and our parents’ names, and a VERY basic order of events. It will be on two #10 sized pages with bluebell backing and orange ribbon (to go with our colors). Here’s a mock-up I did without the wording:

    Post # 24
    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I am planning to do them because when I am a guest, I iike a program so that I know who the bridal party is.  I also think it’s a nice way to honor your parents and grandparents by listing their names.

    Post # 25
    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Not sure yet – the guests will be singing hymns during the ceremony, so if we can’t find two or three hymns we like in one book where we can borrow a bunch of books, then I guess we’ll have to do some kind of program!  Also, I love the idea of programs as fans since it’ll probably be quite hot.  On the other hand, money and work, and also Fiance doesn’t like programs much.  So, we’ll see! 

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