Small weddings can be cute and usually all the guests know each other and they don’t have problems to get along well and to have an amazing time. But, if you are planning a big wedding with many guests, then you should consider creating wedding programs. When ordering other wedding printables, you could order wedding programs as well, because they are a good way to help your guests follow your wedding ceremony, understand traditions and customs and they are a nice wedding souvenir. Wedding programs are surely not necessary if you have a cozy and “few guests” reception, but almost inevitable if you have the big wedding.
What should be included in your wedding program? Your and your future spouse’s names, the wedding date and location, the order of the ceremony (this can include the composers, music compositions, performers, the readings with the author or the source, the officiant’s name). If you have a religious (but also secular) ceremony, it is good to explain briefly rituals, customs, traditions. “Thank you” note for both the bride’s and the groom’s parents is common, but it is nice to add one to all the guests. It is not a bad idea to create a program, not only for the ceremony, but for the wedding reception as well. The goal of the wedding program is to give your guests information for the approx. times for some special must-see moments, such as the wedding dance, photographing etc.
DIY wedding programs are nice and if you have enough time, you can make them. However, keep in mind that it is quite expensive and time-consuming process. So, do a test run: measure what time does it take to put together one program, multiply with the number of guests and decide whether it is good or bad idea. In general, it is more recommended to print them, but it’s up to you to make a decision.