I'm also on the fence. I'm not thrilled about spending a lot of money on something that gets looked at once for 2-3 minutes during the ceremony, and then left behind as guests go to the reception. I think if you can find/create them for cheap, go for it! Otherwise, they're totally optional. You can skip them if trying to save on cost.
I wasn't going to have them. But I did. I did them super cheap. I bought a template off etsy and some cards to keep from staples for 15. So all in less then 20 bucks was spent on my programs
I think if you have a religious or cultural ceremony that your guests may not be familiar with (i.e. a Catholic Mass, an Indian Wedding ceremony, etc.), a program is helpful so guests can follow along and know what to expect. Other than that, it is a fun optional thing, but not necessary.
Something that can get cut if bumping up against your budget. They tend to be things people look at then leave behind after the ceremony. I would only do one of it served a dual purpose, like a fan bc it will be really warm at ceremony time.
I'm pretty sure I'm not going to do them. I've thought about doing the ones as fans I think they are cute and I'm having an outdoor wedding in August. But if I decide not to do the fans then I won't do programs at all.
They’re totally not necessary but I personally like to know who’s who in a wedding so I’m thinking of making a quirky sign if I don’t do individual programs. Programs will be hard for me because, wind. (Ceremony is outside)
As long as you’re not having a religious wedding, programs can absolutely be skipped. However, if you are having a religious wedding that incorporates rituals, then programs are a must for guests to understand what’s going on. But if you’re having a secular wedding then programs can be the first thing to go!!