Post # 1
Did you do wedding programs? I am having a ceremony outside at a country club and reception inside at the country club. Do you think programs are necessary. I do have a large bridal party. I am just wondering if it is worth the hassle and money. My understanding is most people just throw them out unless its like your Mom or something. I do think they are cute but I was wondering if anyone thinks its worth it or not worth it?
Post # 2
weddinggirl2009 : I like it because it looks good on pictures and somehow ”completes” (not sure if that’s the accurate word) the wedding details. But yes, it’s generally a waste because people look at it during the ceremony then it’s just left behind forever. Can you do one large board/blackboard with program info & wedding party names for everyone to see somewhere in your ceremony area? You can have your photographer take a picture of it too.
Post # 3
We skipped them. Unless you are having a very unusual ceremony or have language differences they are totally unnecessary.
Post # 4
We skipped them but did put up a sign board with reception timing info and wedding party info (this was easy as we only had a flower girl and ring bearer).
Post # 5
I honestly think theyre kind of stupid and not worth it. Like, does uncle joe really care what your 3rd from the left BMs name is? I would only recommend them if youre doing something out of the ordinary for your circle and need an explanation (ie interfaith marriages if your fam has never been to one, explain some of whats going on, why are they crushing this glass, etc). Otherwise, let people know what time it starts, ends, and dinner is served.
Post # 6
I too am having a ceremony outside at a country club and reception inside at the country club. I too believe it’s probably not worth the money since I personally always leave it behind at the ceremony and never really pay attention to how “nice” they are.
I made my own in microsoft powerpoint that look pretty good with a mix of fonts and colors. I will probably print them on something nicer than printer paper but that is it. I do think it’s a nice touch to have something with the names of the family and wedding party as well as the order of events.
Post # 7
I am having them as our wedding is a Catholic ceremomy outside of Mass and most people coming aren’t Catholic so I want them to be able to follow along.
Post # 8
As I guest I have always liked them because it usually lets me know what’s happening next. If a wedding didn’t have them I’d think it’s kind of odd.
Post # 9
I like them as a guest, but I don’t think they’re absolutely crucial. We did one because we’re an interfaith/intercultural couple and were incorporating elements from both of our backgrounds into our ceremony, and we wanted to explain those components in the program since many guests wouldn’t be familiar with them. It wasn’t that big of a hassle really…I wrote it out in an afternoon and my mom helped me design it, then we just took it to Fedex to get printed. I thik it cost around $125 to print about 125 of them in brown ink on regular-ish paper.
Post # 10
I personally don’t think they’re worth it. Everyone knows what happens during a wedding. Why do you need to read it and see what’s going to happen?
Post # 11
I printed them out on my computer, for my daughter’s weddings. They were half-fold program paper, quite heavyweight, from a party store. 50 for $10. If people left them, we didn’t care, at that price. I’m pretty good with doing fancy things in Word, so I don’t even know if anyone noticed they weren’t professional.
Post # 12
I liked them as a guest but they arent the most important detail at wedding. We are having them because it was a good price and they go well with our them. they are big fans with hollywood glam to it. We will be maily outdoors and thought that it would go nice.
Post # 13
I’m having them because my wedding is Greek Orthodox and some guests will have no idea what’s going on so I think it’s nice to explain the ceremony. Also, the service is about an hour long so it can give guests something to read since it’s a couple of pages long.
Post # 14
I was thinking about it since we are having an interfaith wedding wanted to explain all of the traditions to people who might not be familiar. However, we have a fantastic officiant who will do all of that for us. And our bridal party is going to be introduced at the reception.
It’s not a “must have” but if you have some design skills and extra cash I agree that it is cute for pictures or as a keepsake.
Post # 15
We had a small wedding (and larger reception) and only had to do about 40 programs. I liked doing them so we could say we did them. But, I made them off an program template that my SIL used, so it wasn’t that much work. We bought fun paper and they looked nice.