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I think wedding programs are silly, but what would you think if you went to a wedding with no programs?
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    I don't think any of these really fit my opinion.  Personally, I like programs...they let the guests know what to expect.  So I'd probably be curious and slightly bummed...I wouldn't neccessarily consider you cheap and lazy though.
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    lol I figured that wouldn't quite be the thought, but I couldn't think of what to put :)
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    i like looking at programs but i've been to weddings without and didn't even think that they were missing. if you don't like them don't do them. i'm having a catholic ceremony and a lot of people going are not religious so i'm having simple programs with some readings so people can follow along and know what to expect.
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    I really, really, really like programs. I like having something to look at before the ceremony starts. I like knowing what to expect. I like following along with it.

    Like Jane, I'm having a Catholic mass, so I feel that programs will be helpful for my non-Catholic guests to follow along, provide song lyrics, etc. I think that it can be helpful in that sense for any religious wedding where guests may not share that particular faith.

    That said, if you dont' have them, it really isn't the end of the world, nor would I think a whole lot of it beyond "darn."
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    I've never been to a wedding with programs. So no, I would not miss them. And I never sat there wondering, "I wonder what the MOH's name is" or "I wonder what will happen next" at a wedding. Typically, weddings are pretty predictable and if I don't know the people in the WP already, I don't really care all that much to know their name if I will never see them again. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against programs, just trying to explain my point of view.
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    I have never been to a cermony WITH programs either. I'm still debating on whether to have them at mine or not. My ceremony will only last approx 20-30 minutes, plus I don't want to the programs to be a distraction.
    I don't think anyone would think you were cheap or lazy. I sure wouldn't.
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    In my opinon...programs are a waste of money.  I think that money can be put towards more important details.  I think by now, everyone knows what is to happen during a wedding, and therefore do not need a play by play.  I think the only useful part of a program is to describe the wedding party relationships to the bride and groom to guests, but that can be done when announced at the reception.
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    I usually don't care either way.
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    I don't really see the need for programs. Like a pp said, I don't need a guide that tells me what's coming next, and I am really not all that interested in the names of or how the wedding party is related to the bride and groom. 
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    Ok... I voted that I wouldn't think anything of it. However, after reading a lot of DIY's I got really inspired! So, I went to Michael's, and bought the paper for it, and made my own. I was really happy by the way it came out! I figured before the ceremony, it will give people something to look at, and also something to talk about. The weddings that I have gone to did not have ceremony programs, and I never thought twice about them. It was only until I became a bride did I discover them! LOL. But anyway, I think its your own decision. Like I said before, I made one and I thought it came out awesome, so now I can't wait to distribute my programs!
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    Well with that raving review of your programs, now you have to show a picture of them! :)
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    As a PP suggested I like having a program at a wedding. It lets your guest know what is going on and its always a great way to pass on information like directions to the reception, mailing address for the couple, little thank you note, etc.
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    I agree with a lot of people. No programs. I cant figure what I would need on there that people did not already know. We are having approx 100 to 125 people and I figured if I don't already know you... you probably aren't invited. Plus everyone has been to a wedding before so you know what happens and if you don't, then sit back and wait for the show! LOL
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_programs-9?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:10Discussion:00f273fc-349d-4a70-87bd-ee430e75f14ePost:ce5d7c84-9ea4-4d26-97e0-aeb97e13edc7">Re: Programs</a>:
    [QUOTE]Well with that raving review of your programs, now you have to show a picture of them! :)
    Posted by kac12170[/QUOTE]


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    I think that at least would be wondering what is what but if you don't want them then don't us them.

     
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    I never even heard of programs at a wedding until TK..so I wouldn't find it bizarre at all.
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    As PP have said, I like having programs because it makes the guests feel like they are a part of everything (they are there for you, after all). At my wedding I will DEFINITELY do programs because if I had the officiator explain what was going on, we would all be there for an hour and a half. However, at a more simple wedding where there is less religious or tradition-related stuff in the ceremony, your guests can figure it out.
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    Yeah, I think it all depends on what is going on in the ceremony.  For example, I want to have a hymn and a program would be a good place to put the lyrics for everyone.  Or, if your having something unique in the ceremony, like a poem written by a great, great grandmother, or a special tradition; something like that could be easily explained in the program.  Also, like a pp said, you can include maps to the reception or a note of thanks to people who helped put the wedding together.  

    That being said, a simple wedding and reception wouldn't really need a program if you didn't want it.  I'm toying with the idea of having a larger, single program at the entrance that people could look at before they sit down and after the wedding, but it saves on paper.  
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_programs-9?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:10Discussion:00f273fc-349d-4a70-87bd-ee430e75f14ePost:f2aa0161-af58-40e2-910c-dda1bfdb95eb">Re: Programs</a>:
    [QUOTE]I've never been to a wedding with programs. So no, I would not miss them. And I never sat there wondering, "I wonder what the MOH's name is" or "I wonder what will happen next" at a wedding. Typically, weddings are pretty predictable and if I don't know the people in the WP already, I don't really care all that much to know their name if I will never see them again. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against programs, just trying to explain my point of view.
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    This exactly.  They aren't really that common here, so I actually find it odd when they do have programs.  Especially if it's a quick, typical wedding.  I kind of understand for a large religious ceremony where some people won't know what's going on (like a Catholic mass or something).  But in general, I find them pretty pointless.
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    OP, if you wanted to have a map and directions to the reception if it's in another location you could always just do direction cards to hand out after the ceremony. Not sure if that applies to your situation. Just pointing out that you don't have to have a program to do that.
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    Thanks ladies. I think I will just leave them out. I wasn't sure if it was even a thing that EVERYONE did, or if it was just the ones I've been to. I'm having a short, traditional ceremony. Also, I don't need directions or anything because the ceremony and reception are at the same place. Thanks for your feedback! No need to waste paper if it's not necessary :)
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    I didnt really want programs since our ceremony was about 10 minutes long, but for some reason my husband wanted them. 

    Since we were getting married outside, we got DIY fan programs and one side and the Bridal Party information and then on the other side we did a word search and attached a colored pencil.  Just in case people got bored....ha.

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    I agree with unplainjain. They are a nice thing for the non-practicing peeps to have a clue to what's going on. And this way people will feel like they are a part of the celebration as oposed to just sitting there thinking how long will this last.

    Ah, that's one more thing I must add to my list of things to do!
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_programs-9?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:10Discussion:00f273fc-349d-4a70-87bd-ee430e75f14ePost:74151a85-3bd5-4fa5-a0eb-3e7b70fe01a4">Re: Programs</a>:
    [QUOTE]As a PP suggested I like having a program at a wedding. It lets your guest know what is going on and its always a great way to pass on information like directions to the reception, mailing address for the couple, little thank you note, etc.
    Posted by brianabrad[/QUOTE]

    I have been going back & forth on the idea of what all to include with the invites (with every extra little thing adding more and more $$$), and also whether or not to have programs. 

    THANKS to your idea, I can do DIY or somewhat cheaper programs, that don't have to be mailed and can just be handed out ceremony, and include pertinent info such as directions to reception & mailing address for us.  Yayyyy!  Problem solved!!!
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