(Closed) What is the purpose of wedding programs?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Depends on the wedding.

We had a Catholic ceremony with Mass. There are a lot of congregational responses. Many of our guests weren’t Catholic and wouldn’t know them; even for the Catholic guests, some of the wording changed about a year ago so it was helpful to have the responses printed for them. (Also the hymns for them to sing, etc.)

For a simpler wedding that doesn’t have elements that require the congregation’s participation, you wouldn’t really need them.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Printed Programs are the norm in some Churches for regular services… as they help the congregation follow along with what is happening in the service (order of events, what the readings are, who is doing what, when a reply / response is required etc)

Wedding Ceremony Programs serve the same purpose

Having or not having them is a personal preference kind of thing

 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@philodendron:  We used ours to name our small wedding party (2 BMs, 1GM) and summarize our ceremony; I also added a bride and groom triva for our guests.  Since I find most wedding ceremonies boring, I figure mine will be no different (at least it’s only 20 mins long lol).

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

In addition to what everyone has said above, programs also serve as sort of keepsake for a lot of guests.

Congratulations!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We didn’t make them either. Who had time!? 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m not a fan of programs and I didn’t have them at my wedding. We did have a bridal party so I just wrote the names of important people and the basic order of ceremony events on a chalkboard – which didn’t even end up making it to the ceremony area during setup.

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m not bothering with programs. They always end up on the ground or threw away. I don’t really see the point to tell everyone every little detail. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I made simple one page programs. Basically so guest can follow along and to explain a few traditions and things we are incorporating into the ceremony.I don’t really see a point in adding useless details about my wedding party, and that seem like a waste of paper to me, and I bet most of guest honestly don’t care so it was an easy choice to cut it out.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are only having programs because we are having our ceremony at a Catholic church, and a majority of our guests aren’t Catholic.  It is more for them to follow along and know what the heck is going on!

Normal ceremonies they are not needed at all.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I should add, if I had to pay for programs I wouldn’t have had them.  I just had a bunch of scrap cardstock and paper left over from making my invites and decorations.

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