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Ceremony Programs - Necessary or Not?

Lynnie, on January 14, 2020 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 85
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Ceremony programs are an easy expense to cut when you're trying to re-balance your wedding budget? But as a guest, do you find them essential for following along?

What do you think? Are ceremony programs necessary or not?


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Latest activity by Bo Miller, on July 21, 2020 at 10:23 AM
  • Amber
    Master February 2020
    Amber ·
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    The only time I feel that ceremony programs are necessary is if the ceremony is either really long, bilingual, or even multi-cultural so that everyone in the audience can feel involved and understand what's taking place. Ours is pretty straightforward so we'll be skipping ceremony programs Smiley smile

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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    No necessary and a waste of paper and money. Any wedding I've been to that had programs I never look at and throw away almost immediately.

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  • Nicole
    Beginner May 2020
    Nicole ·
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    The only reason I am doing one is because we are having a traditional Coptic Orthodox ceremony and for guests that have no knowledge on the religion, they can use the program as a guide to understand what's goin on! Our ceremony will have no kiss, vows, etc. So I think it can be very beneficial!

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  • Amanda
    Dedicated January 2021
    Amanda ·
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    Not necessary.. We have a small wedding with no ushers, ring bearers, or flower girls. So it just seems like a waste for us.

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  • Willbe
    Savvy June 2020
    Willbe ·
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    I’m thinking about them, but definitely not as a necessity. Since some guests will arrive earlier than others I was thinking it could be a little witty and a source of mild entertainment for people waiting around (our friends’ program had a time marked for “life-changing kiss” that got a good chuckle). I think all of these little things and whether they are kept or thrown out depend on how nice it is and whether it has any sentimental value to someone. So if I print on cheap printing paper and it obviously looks like something you would glance over and throw out, it will most likely be thrown out. If I make it really nice with photos or cute drawings on nicer paper with fancy font and embossing, my mom will probably want to keep it. And someone else’s mom who is more minimalist and keeps less “stuff” would throw it out. know your audience and pick where you spend accordingly.
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  • Anjelik
    Savvy September 2021
    Anjelik ·
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    Not necessary unless it’s a long ceremony. mine is taking 15-20 mins MAX. i don’t think people need that
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  • E
    Devoted October 2021
    Erin ·
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    Programs are a must for us because we're doing a Catholic mass and maybe half our guests will be Catholic. I'm not Catholic and have been to mass several times now with my fiance but I would still feel lost without a program so we will definitely be having one so non Catholic guests will know what's happening
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  • Merline
    Super February 2020
    Merline ·
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    I think if your ceremony is longer than 30 minutes, then it would be necessary so guest can follow along.

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    No unless you have an outdoor ceremony
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    Or if it's really long or bilingual!
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  • Kasyah
    Devoted July 2020
    Kasyah ·
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    Nah, I don't find it necessary.
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  • Ashley
    Devoted July 2021
    Ashley ·
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    I don't think these are necessary. Our ceremony is going to be about 20 minutes so there isn't really anything for them to follow along with.

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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    Not necessary, but I think I am going to do them. But they will be rather simple and not expensive.

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  • Samantha
    Savvy October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    Not necessary, however I will be having one large program with a few key times because our ceremony and reception are at the same location.

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  • Kaia
    Dedicated July 2020
    Kaia ·
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    It's nice to know who the wedding party is when it's included but I don't need a play by play of the ceremony.
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  • Meagan
    Dedicated July 2021
    Meagan ·
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    Deffinatley not necessary. If your having a long ceremony, or multi cultural ceremony I think they would be nice to have.
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  • Brianna N
    Super October 2019
    Brianna N ·
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    Not necessary!!

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  • Amanda
    Savvy July 2021
    Amanda ·
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    Not necessary in my opinion...

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  • Jacquelene
    Dedicated October 2021
    Jacquelene ·
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    Not necessary. At all!
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  • Kaysey
    Super February 2020
    Kaysey ·
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    I think it's necessary for a longer or religious wedding but for a shorter ceremony, it's not necessary. We aren't doing programs at our wedding.

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