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Let’s face it. Not everyone is having a religious ceremony with readings and songs.  So, that begs the question, why have a program?  You see, the Pilot and I go back and forth on this one every day.  My Aunt is performing our ceremony, but we are not having any readings or songs, no unity candle and nothing involving other people in a family/circle of friends.  The only purpose our program would serve would be to let our guests know who our attendants are.

Part of the eco-friendly in me doesn’t want to have programs printed just so all of our guests know who my Maid of Honor is and so on.  But the other half of me is worried about the guests who may not know our friends well enough to know who they are.

So, while the Pilot and I continue to go back and forth, I’m sharing this.  A fun little idea, if you’d rather not have programs printed, but are looking for a way to share the information with your guests.

Image courtesy of StudioThisIs via With This Ring Blog

Obviously, the chalkboard would need to fit in with the look and feel of your wedding.  But opt to do something different by having a sign created with your program information, or you can draw up a chalkboard like this one.

If you are still hooked on the idea of having programs printed, but do not want to print one for every guests, here are a few tips:

1.  Only print half as many as the number of guests you are expecting.  More often than not, guests do not all take one.

2. Only print one for each female guests.  Honestly, the guys usually do not care all that much about the details of the ceremony, but you know us ladies do!

3.  Have them printed front and back to save on paper costs.

4.  Have them double up as something else, like hand-held fans, if your ceremony is outdoors.

What sort of program idea did you come up with?


  1. I love the idea of doing something different for programs! Most people read the programs and just leave them on their seat… it very much annoys me. Finding ways to make the program reusable or not in a form of waste is a much better idea!

  2. We are making our own programs. I would have never thought to print *less* than what we need. Totally makes sense … thanks!!!

  3. Susan
    4:52 pm on January 5th, 2010

    You could also put the wedding party on the menu for your reception!

  4. I love the idea of the chalkboard or a sign with the important information. I was really excited about our program. I loved how they turned out.

    I printed about 100 and only about 75 were taken. We had 165 guests. Love the idea to only print for female guests!

  5. I love the ide of the chalkboard program! If you get a double-sided chalkboard you could print the menu on the back and just flip it over and take it to the reception.

    I’m a paper lover, so I made my own programs. They were pretty traditional looking – three sheets of white folded paper, inside a thicker cover, with an ivory side bow. But for the outside, we got a bunch of different colored and patterned paper for the covers, all mix-matched and different. On the inside, we printed all the traditional stuff (attendants, readings, songs, etc.) but we also included funny details about the attendants and family memebers, some of our favorite song/movie quotes, and on the back, we had a quiz about our pets! It was really fun coming up with everything. The paper cost about $20 and we printed it at home. My bridesmaids and I spent about 2 hours on the project with a couple bottles of wine. I doubt even half of them were picked up at the wedding, but the process was so much fun, I wouldn’t change a thing!

  6. Landlocked Bride
    10:29 pm on January 6th, 2010

    @Sara That is great you and your girls had a good time! And what a great deal you got by printing them at home!