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Dedicated July 2021

Programs or no Programs

Jamasonmd, on May 19, 2021 at 7:54 PM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 18

Trying to decide if I should do a program. What say you all?

18 Comments

Latest activity by Nisha, on May 27, 2021 at 1:50 PM
  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    Unless the ceremony is something complicated that guests need to follow along, skip the programs. If you’re having something religious that guests need to know what is going on to recite, etc, then have them. Most ceremonies are simple enough they aren’t needed.

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  • AJ
    Super October 2022
    AJ ·
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    Skip them!
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  • Rosie
    Master February 2022
    Rosie ·
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    I say skip - unless you're having cultural elements that it might be useful to explain for those who are not of that culture, I honestly don't think it's necessary.

    I mean, we are having some Celtic traditions which not everyone might be familiar with, and we're still not having programs - the celebrant will be able to explain them easily enough. Equally though, if we were doing something that was protracted and in another language, it might be useful to provide a transcript in English for our guests so they could follow what was happening.

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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    We had programs because we had a Jewish ceremony and not all of our guests were Jewish. Programs are important if you're having a religious ceremony and not all guests share your religion. I once attended a church wedding without programs and I was completely lost and had no clue what was going on the entire time.

    If you're having a secular ceremony, then you can definitely skip programs.

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  • F
    Expert April 2022
    Fred ·
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    A program is only necessary if there is 1 (or more) tradition(s) that most people don't know anything about (e.g: eligious or ethnic). Otherwise, skip them, you'll save money and your guests won't read them anyway, they'll only throw them to the trash.

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  • Nicole
    Devoted August 2022
    Nicole ·
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    We're skipping them since our ceremony will be simple and short.
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  • Mariah
    Savvy October 2021
    Mariah ·
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    Skip them! Unless your ceremony is going to be really long or religious or your wedding will be really big, go ahead and skip them. Instead Maybe put something outlining the timeline for people to see when they walk in to the ceremony like in a photo frame or on a chalkboard for example
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  • L
    Lady ·
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    I personally like them a lot, but they are definitely not necessary. We did them because we had a full Catholic mass and some of our guests were not Catholic, so I thought it would be helpful to have a "guide" of sorts. No one will miss them if they're not around though!

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  • M
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    If you aren't having a long religious ceremony or it isn't bilingual, i would skip. i only had mine because i had an outdoor ceremony and people could use it to fan themselves haha

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  • Yasmine
    Master October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    I say skip them and save the money

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  • Jessica
    Savvy October 2021
    Jessica ·
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    We will have programs only to explain several cultural parts of the ceremony for my
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  • Jessica
    Savvy October 2021
    Jessica ·
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    Whoops. We will have programs only to explain several cultural parts of the ceremony for people who are not familiar to take stress off the officiant and help everyone follow along. Otherwise I’d have skipped them!
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    Not worth it for most weddings. Just an expense and a waste.

    Now if you have a very long ceremony, with unfamiliar cultural or religious rituals, or there is a communication barrier (bilingual wedding, guests who are deaf or hard of hearing), they can absolutely make sense. But for most ceremonies they tend to be superfluous.

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  • S
    Expert November 2021
    Sara ·
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    Only necessary if you're having a religious ceremony

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  • M
    Expert April 2021
    Melody ·
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    We skipped them. I had a fun idea for them (motorcycle theme, and I would have DIY'd the programs on checkered flags), but it ended up just being more time and money than it was worth.

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  • Nisha
    Expert May 2022
    Nisha ·
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    I haven't decided, but if I do it'll be something fun, like this:

    Programs or no Programs 1

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  • Milada
    Super October 2021
    Milada ·
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    This is so cute and unique! Where did you find it?

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  • Nisha
    Expert May 2022
    Nisha ·
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    Etsy, of course
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/554869334/funny-infographic-wedding-program-games


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