(Closed) Wedding Programs

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

we are having programs (fans) but it is not something that you HAVE to do! just say you are being green! 🙂

Post # 4
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’ve been to many weddings that didn’t have programs and they weren’t missed.  I don’t think it’s essential!

Post # 5
5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

the main use of programs is to explain your ceremony, introduce your wedding party, give thanks, etc. IMO they arn’t expected or even necessary. I am having them only to give specific thanks to members of my family that helped me with the wedding. If I wasn’t giving the thanks, I prob wouldn’t have the programs b/c our ceremony is going to be pretty tradational.

Post # 7
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I think wedding programs are the most effective when a ceremony is a bit different then a traditional civil ceremony. Such examples are Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox ceremonies or ceremonies where some unique traditions are used (maybe to the bride and groom). 

A majority of the weddings I have been too have not had programs.

On the other hand, programs make a great way to show your appreciation to you family and friends and honor those in your wedding (or not able to attend).

Good Luck!

Post # 8
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Yeah, we mainly did programs because Catholic ceremonies can be very long and sometimes confusing to those who aren’t Catholic – and we wanted to make sure to thank our attendants and family and to acknowledge relatives who had passed away. That being said, you can do that other ways – I don’t see why programs are an absolute necessity.

Post # 9
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are planning on doing them because my Fiance and his family are all Episcopalians and I am not….even I don’t know how everything works!  There are a ton more "rules" than at my church, and I don’t want people to feel uncomfortable.  We’ll just go through the order of things, and when the guests should sit/stand/talk/remain silent/etc.  AND since we’re doing them, we’ll list the members of the bridal party and our new address, and maybe directions to the reception site.

Post # 10
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We are having programs, but I don’t think that they will be missed. People usually throw them away anyway.

Post # 11
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

we’re only having programs because we’re having a non-religious yet spriritual wedding (if that makes sense…lol) and even though it’ll follow the general order of a traditional wedding, we’ll have a lot of meaningful little inclusions throughout, so I want people to keep up LOL. plus its a nice way to say thanks and name the wedding party members…

For me it was a way to get excited about stationary…i avoided Save-The-Date Cards until they didnt even make sense anymore, and my DIY invitations were so-so…I found program that I really LOVE and cant wait to see so that’s the only reason. If you’re not into them, forget ’em 🙂

Post # 12
6 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

We’re not having programs either! If the wedding is small enough that everyone knows eachother, or at least can figure out who’s who, than I don’t think it’s a big deal at all. Good luck!

Post # 13
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I wasn’t going to do programs, but I ended up just putting together something really simple in word, cutting it up and tying a ribbon it. Really simple so I did it, but I now a few of my friends who are getting married and won’t be having programs. The reason i am not putting too much effort into my program is because I know that its going to get a one minute glance and more likely will end up in the trash.

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