Post # 1
Wedding Programs? Do you really need them? Im thinking no…whats your thought? My wedding is like a total of 60 people including the bridal party. All close friends and family, everyone know everybody so is it really neccesary to “introduce” on a piece of paper. I think weddings should just do away with the whole program thing anyway…waste of money, when everybody knows what happens at a wedding..you dont need a list of things telling you before hand.
Post # 3
We are having about half as many guests as you are and I am still doing a program. I know everyone knows everyone, but it is just one of the special touches that I want to incorporate into our wedding. They aren’t really necessary, but they are nice, especially for the older guests. I think the older guests will expect them and the younger guests won’t really care either way. Our wedding is more formal, so that is another reason why I am doing them. If you are having a less formal wedding, I think you could get away without having them.
Post # 4
As a guest, I like the wedding program to follow along as well as to see who the wedding party is and their relationship to the bride and groom. i.e. Maid/Matron of Honor: Sally Smith, sister of bride.
So…if you have a traditional ceremony planned and everyone knows each other then you can probably nix them.
Post # 5
I think programs a considered a really great “keepsake” for your guests. especially since you won’t have to make that many I say go for it! 😉
I’m making programs that will be total 6 pages front and back making them 12 pages… front sides being ceremony info and back sides being blk/whit pics from our engagement shoot ie.
pg 1 “Wedding Of”info
pg 2 Picture drawn by my son of us getting married
pg. 3 “Our Big Day” title page
pg. 4 engagement pic
pg. 5 Ceremony Rundown
pg. 6 engagement pic
pg. 7 Lyrics for the worship song we will be singing during the ceremony
pg. 8 engagment pic
pg. 9 “Our Company” title page
pg. 10 small pics of our wedding party
pg. 11 Names of those in the wedding
pg. 12 engagement pic
And then there will be a little “pocket” on the inside of the back page for the “special thanks” note.
Mine is pretty extensive but when I let a couple of people see it (one being my mentor) they were really touched and really liked that they would get such a thing to keep from our day.
I think you should definitely do something…. if not to let everyone know what they should already know but so they can keep something from the special day! 😉
Post # 6
If you decide to do them, you could just order the 25 free rack cards from Vistaprint. You’d just pay shipping.
I personally feel that they’re unnecessary unless you have a really complex ceremony or a ton of guests who are unlikely to know most of your Wedding Party. They’re usually something that gets thrown away.
Post # 7
I don’t think they’re totally necessary, but they can be nice. I always like having something to read, and it’s nice to know exactly who everyone is. If there are cultural or religious elements to your ceremony, it’ll help people follow along and understand everything (for instance I will be explaining the significance of the chuppah). Again, not required, but I wouldn’t say they’re a waste either.
Post # 8
We had them. However, we had a Jewish ceremony with several nonJewish guests. The programs had the full text of the ceremony, with translations and transliterations of the Hebrew parts. They also had an explanation of the Jewish wedding customs. I don’t think I’d bother if it were just a list of the members of the wedding party.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2015 - Garden of the Gods
I consider them to be a necessity, as they are a keepsake for most guests. And they need something to look at while they are awaiting your processional!! Programs are a way to thank everyone for being there as well as to remember the departed.
Our tri-panels on linen paper ran $.75 a piece with sleeves…not that expensive when you consider what it means to some people. We also enclosed one in our wine box to be opened on our 10th anniversary. I think it will be great to look at it then!
Post # 10
We will be having wedding programs for two reasons. First, his family is from Iowa/Texas and mine is from Missouri, so they do not know each other. And second, if will be a Catholic wedding, and very few members of my family have even been to a Catholic wedding before. I think wether or not you have them or even need them, is a personal choice. If our families knew each other and if my family knew what to expect at the ceremony, we would not be having them.
Post # 11
You certainly don’t NEED them… you don’t NEED most of what we girls do for our weddings!
We did have them for 2 reasons… First, because we made them into fans, as we were having an outdoors, at 1pm, in August ceremony and didn’t want people to melt! Second, because the backs were an activity (celtic tree astrology) as a sort of ice-breaker, entertaining factor while they all had to wait under the midday sun!