(Closed) What is the purpose of a program?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

for me i like to read the names of the people in the bridal party and the schedule of the ceremony so i know how long it lasts for, also to know when to stand to sing and sit down (greek ceremonies are exhausting!)

also good to fan yourself with if you are in a really old church with no air con in the middle of summer  🙂

Post # 5
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We planned on doing them, but I totally forgot….so we didn’t have any, LOL.  🙁

Post # 6
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

they explain the order, who’s in the party, any customs or rituals you’ll be doing.

Post # 7
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve also read several times that brides wish they didn’t spend so much time labouring on them.

Post # 8
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

They’re not necessary, so if you don’t do them, I wouldn’t stress. I had ours sort of like this:

  • The ceremony (our officiant, readings, etc)

  • People (pertaining to parents, etc who’s going down the aisle when)

  • Groomsmen (including our ringbearer and mom’s escorts who were all kids)

  • Bridesmaids

  • A thank you note from Darling Husband and I.

A lot of people put in poems, song lyrics, tributes to loved ones who have passed away.




Post # 9
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I didn’t do a program and I don’t regret it at all. I know it would have been nice b/c we’re Jewish and we have different traditions that people don’t get, but our Rabbi explained most of them, and it was just nice to save the time and money on something that people will just throw out.

I actually do like reading programs at other people’s weddings, I have nothing against them, I just didn’t want to do them for my own wedding.

Post # 10
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think they are really useful in explaining parts or traditions in the ceremony that everyone might not understand and also so everyone knows who the bridal party is. They are also a chance to thank everyone for being there if you aren’t giving a speech at your wedding.

Post # 11
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

One side had ceremony info to let everyone know what would happen, and the other had info about the food served during the cocktail hour so people with dietary restrictions/allergies knew what was being served. 
Ours also doubled as fans, which was handy at the end of August 🙂

Post # 12
584 posts
Busy bee

I think programs are a great way to recognize your family, bridal party and house party, which is why we’re planning to have them!

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