Post # 1
Is anyone doing them? Do you know what the purpose is? My ceremony is only going to be 30 minutes long. All of the locations and times for everything are already on the invite. Am I missing out on something by not doing them? I must say that I’ve been to maybe 5 weddings in my life; Christian, Catholic, non-denominational, etc. I can’t recall ever receiving a ceremony program.
Post # 3
@butterflybride6: I’ve never been to a wedding that didn’t have one. We’ll probably have them, but they’ll be the fan ones, since we’ll be outside, in Georgia, at the end of May, so it’ll be a thousand degrees out. They’re good to have, not so much to tell the guests what comes after what, but to feature your people, like a cast list at the end of a movie.
Post # 4
I’m not having one. Our ceremony will be short and the guests aren’t participating in anything (like response hymns), so its no biggie. I like programs with longer weddings and/or when there are things that need to be explained. Other than that I like to sit back and watch. They just get thrown away anyway, and as a guest I never know what to do with it after!
Post # 5
@butterflybride6: We did fans with a little something written to friends and family on there. I had a DW in St Thomas and they doubled as fans…..in case people got hot…… I wanted it to be serve a purpose.
Post # 6
We are not doing them. Quite frankly I don’t see the point. Maybe if we had some complicated ceremony that required participation or something but we don’t so why do I need to explain to my WEDDING guest that they are there to witness two people get married? I think there are lots of them that look pretty and all but I just don’t see them actually serving a purpose. I am sure no one will miss them.
Post # 7
I’m not doing them. I hate having people stare at me, and I want to get to the party ASAP, so the ceremony will take about 5 minutes. There will be no singers or readings, so what would I even put in a program?
Post # 8
I plan to make them.. I have them all done on the computer, just waiting til it gets a little close to print them out, incase we have to make any changes. If stuff comes up & they don’t get done, I won’t ve heartbroken and no one will know they’re missing.. but as of now I plan to do them.
We’re only having a 15 minute ceremony, so they’re really only to explain who the bridal party is and give a quick rundown of what will happen during the ceremony.
Post # 9
My wedding planner is making my fan ceremony programs for our outdoor wedding. I wanted to do them to recognize my bridal party, have special thanks to special people who behind the scenes helped us, and have bubbles attached to them as well. My wedding is going to be short (15-20 minutes max, it’s a JOP ceremony). We will also have our pictures on the back of them I believe (good keepsakes!!!)
Post # 10
@katehh08: I hate people staring at me too, so we put things like bride and groom trivia in there to distract them. We also had a “thank you” page for everyone that helped as well as a memorial for FI’s dad. I wasn’t going to make a program originally (my ceremony is less than 20 mins), but I had left over scraps from making my invites.
Post # 11
Not doing them. I find them uneccesary, and a waste of paper. It could be a popular in some places more than others. I’ve never been to a wedding with them, while my cousin who lives in the States says every wedding she’s been to had them. They are a cute idea though, just have too much other DIY to concentrate on.
Post # 12
We are not doing them. I thought about it, but with as short and as casual as the ceremony will be, I don’t see the point. Also, I can see them being thrown away very quickly so I can’t really justify the additional cost. The people in my family that want to keep things like that will have our invitations.
Post # 13
WHOA, for a whole thirty minutes, please make booklet programs that people can read while they’re bored. “only thirty minutes” lol. We are aiming for no more than fifteen including processional/recessional.
Post # 14
@butterflybride6: We are having them. In fact, mine have been finished since Nov. Ours are about 12 pages. I am including the entire service as most everyone isn’t Anglo-Catholic and won’t know what is going on. I also included what the meanings are for all the flowers used in the wedding and reception as well as noted to special people.
Post # 15
I still need to start ours, I have personally never been to a wedding without programs. I’m still not really sure how the heck I’m going to make them but I have a few ideas from previous family weddings.
Post # 16
My WP called today and said the lady that was printing my fan programs spelled my name wrong!!!!!!!!!!! How do you misspell Lindsey??? UGH!!!!!!!!