Posted June 18, 2013 | ♥ 2 Comments
Hello, loves! If you’re planning your wedding ceremony, this is a must-read post. And, if you’re not planning your ceremony yet, this is a must-bookmark post. (Hit Ctrl + D to save it for later!) We’re answering one of the most-asked ceremony questions: are wedding programs required? That’s what bride-to-be, Lindsay, wanted to know when she asked us:
“Dear Emmaline, My wedding is in September and I’m still planning my ceremony. Are wedding programs required? Do I really need them? Will guests even notice? I’m on a budget, so I want to make sure I’m spending money wisely. Thanks for your help!”
Great question, Lindsay! The answer to this question depends on what’s right for your specific event, but we’re here to help! Read on for the answer to Lindsay’s question, see our list of pros and cons, and get inspired with handmade wedding programs (plus one clever alternative)…
Are Wedding Programs Required?
One reason why I love weddings oh-so-much is because no two are the same. Every couple, ceremony, and reception are remarkably different. While planning your wedding, keep in mind that no wedding detail is an absolute requirement. It’s all up to you! Do you ever really need to send save the dates? No. Do you have to wear a veil? Nope. Do you need escort cards AND place cards? Are wedding programs required? No – but they can be helpful. For instance, if you want to tie in your theme, entertain your guests (or cool ‘em off), or share your unique story, a wedding program may be the right choice for you. Here are a few reasons why wedding programs rule, aptly named “pros”.
1) Wedding programs give guests something to peruse while waiting for your ceremony to begin.
Pick a unique wedding program – like a cootie catcher – and your guests will stay entertained.
These programs feature a word search and fun facts about the bride and groom. (Kids will especially love ‘em!) Don’t forget to include these.
And, how about these mad libs? Awesome.
2) Fan wedding programs can keep guests cool.
For instance, if you’re having a summer wedding and guests will be
baking sitting in the sun, you may want to cool them off a bit. Wedding programs – in a fan-like style – can provide guests with information on the ceremony AND assist in cooling them off. Two birds.
3) Programs can provide information about your unique story and/or wedding party.
Check out these amazing illustrated wedding programs by B is for Brown.
4) Programs can include specific songs, readings, or responses (helpful for guests) during the ceremony.
5) Programs can include little toss packets (like confetti).
Need more inspiration? Here are some additional handmade wedding programs to inspire you…
Music lovers: give this cd booklet wedding program a look!
And here’s one clever program alternative! No paper required.
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As with any good list, it wouldn’t be complete without a few cons, too.
1) Programs can be expensive.
You’ll need wedding programs for each guest (or at least one per couple) which it can add up in cost.
2) You’ll need to have someone pass programs out to guests.
(Or, you can always place them in a a basket (like this). Be sure you place your wedding programs near the entrance so guests don’t miss it.)
2) Wedding programs are only used for a brief amount of time at the wedding.
You may feel like you’re not getting your money’s worth if your ceremony is very short.
3) Programs can be left behind at your ceremony site…
… so you’ll need to clean ‘em up afterward.
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In conclusion, wedding programs are not required but can offer a personalized touch to your ceremony. Have a question? Just Ask Emmaline and your question may appear in an upcoming post!
Are wedding programs required at your ceremony or are you skipping them? Tell us below!