Wedding Programs- Mandatory?

I was wondering if it was mandatory to have Wedding programs? I would love to have it but I do not know if i want to add it to my list of things to do..


are they usually issued at the ceremony?

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 8:49 am
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They aren't mandatory. Yes they are usually given at the ceremony. I wasn't going to have them at all but since we decided to do fans in the chairs or our guests we decided we will do program fans

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 8:57 am
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ooo ok i see.

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 9:02 am
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Not required at all! I didn't do them and my guests still got through the ceremony ok :)


If you do decide to do them, save yourself some money and just buy some nice paper from Hobby Lobby or somewhere similar and print them at home! All you need is a decent printer, I used my MILs for the inserts of my invites and it worked just fine...was going to do the same for the programs but thought the same as you - I just don't want to add to my list!!

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 9:52 am
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I think programs are a relatively new thing in weddings--not new like chocolate fountains and ice luges, but pretty new.  None of the weddings I went to as a child had programs.  I think they are most useful if there are a lot of rituals in a wedding that may be unfamiliar to some guests, or if there is any foreign language used, or if the ceremony is particularly long.  Also, if you have a huge wedding party, it's a good opportunity for BMs, etc. to be acknowledged a little more. (BTW, in my case, it's all of the above!)


If you fulfill none of these criteria, you can easily go without.

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm
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i agree alot with karenrose above.  if you are having a normal traditional wedding for your area/religion then, the program really isnt needed.  esp if the only reason is to introduce the wedding party.  because they will be introduced at the reception anyway.  i would have a program if you arent following the norm for your area.  that way the guests know what is going on.  if you are going to include a ritual that you like that isnt common in your area, then i would include something about that ritual in the program unless it is pretty self explanitory like the unity candle or sand ceremony.

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm
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Your programme can be whatever you want it to be,.Other than these primary factors, you can do whatever you want. Include pictures; the tale of offer or how you two met; a thank-you to your near family members and your guests; a regard to a comparative who's approved away -- anything that's essential to you. Keep in ideas that the system is a marriage collectibles, so really create it your own.

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 2:24 am
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No its not mandatory, but guest like to look at it so they know abouts of whats going on during the ceremony, what reading, music playing at that time, etc. But definitely dont have to have them :)

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 3:27 am
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We had a really short ceremony and a relatively small wedding party, so we opted out of the program. I love getting a program at a wedding, but I’m a collector of stuff like that. I keep EVERYTHING (the invite, table cards etc...much to the chagrin of DH who is an absolute minimalist and has no sentimental attachment to anything lol). it really is a personal choice. If you have the time/budget to add it then I say go for it. But it isn’t taboo to miss out on it if you don’t think it’s a necessity.

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 3:50 am
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It's just my opinion but programs are a MUST! Programs are there for your guests to have something to read while they wait for the ceremony to begin...they can see who is in the wedding party, what sermons will be read (if there are going to be any), what songs will be played, the name of your officiant, etc. It's basically saying "Welcome to our wedding and now here's what's going to happen..."

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 3:51 am

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