(Closed) Wedding Programs help!

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@blondiegirl:  We decided not to do programs. I am having a traditional ceremony and people will know the order and figure it out. My Fiance actually feels strongly about not having them (especially the cute pintrest ones with puzzles). He finds programs are distracting and people will pay attention to them instead of the ceremony. 

Post # 5
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t think they’re necessary, but we are going to have them. One of my BMs was a graphic design major in college (when we were roomies) and she does an amazing job designing things! So I think she is going to design our programs and maybe little menus for each table. I think it’s a nice touch. I still have the program from my cousin’s wedding years ago. 

Post # 6
7217 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@blondiegirl:  We are having them. We are having a traditional Lutheran ceremony and most of FI’s family is Catholic so even though my family will be familiar with the ceremony his family won’t. 

I think it really depends on how interactive the guests are supposed to be. For example in our traditional services people respond to certain things that our pastor says. If you don’t have any of this stuff and the guests just watch then I don’t think you really need programs. 

Post # 7
5883 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I dont think you need them, but I did. Our ceremony and reception was in the same place. So in mine I had a list of the wedding party, rememberances, thank you to guests, thank you to parents and wedding party, Irish blessing (I’m half irish), koi fish symbolism explanation (I’m half japanese, our venue had koi ponds, so koi became very prominent) and Menu. 

I did mine in MS Publisher, but just as easy to do it in MS Word. 

Post # 8
1358 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think they’re necessary, though I do like having them at weddings so I can follow the ceremony, especially at religious weddings where the traditions are foreign to me. I love seeing my guests looking at them in our photos from before the ceremony got started, and I also kept several as keepsakes.


I think if you do decide to include them, they’re relatively easy to do yourself for cheap. All you need is paper, a printer, and any computer program for creating documents. I created programs with multiple pages (they can just be one page of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock folded in half) and printed them at home. To bind them, I punched two holes in each and tied ribbon through the holes.


What we included by page:


1. Cover page w/our names and the place and time of our ceremony


2. Names of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, maid of honor, best man, and parents


3. Ceremony order so guests could follow along (processional, declaration of intent, vows, etc.) plus the music selections


4-5. The address of the reception location, directions for how to get there from the ceremony, cocktail hour begin time, and a simple map


6. An “in loving memory” page dedicated to departed family members with their names and a note


7. A thank you to all of our family, wedding party members, and friends for coming to our wedding, supporting us, and being part of our lives

Post # 9
1748 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think it depends on the wedding when it comes to the actual need for them. If you’re having a very religious ceremony with tons of order and tradition that will absolutely baffle someone not from that religion, then YES you need a program.

We did not need a program, but I’m obsessed with paper (thank God, Fiance is a designer!) so we’re doing one and it’s two sided with a wide popsicle stick thing in it for guests to hold, as well as fan themselves with.

Post # 14
1748 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@blondiegirl:  Based on what you just said, no, you don’t have to have one- it’s totally up to you! To me, it’s like favors- if you don’t have them no one is going to miss them. Totally up to you 🙂 And I like the fan idea, as well. It’s cute!

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