(Closed) Wedding Program and Menu Card -Is it really needed?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are many items associated with weddings that are not really needed and likely not used much outside of wedding blog circles. Programs and menu cards are two of them. Nice to have, but not needed.

The wedding party can be identified and acknowledged at the reception and the people will know what they are eating when it is served.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Program- We’re doing program fans, since our ceremony is outside. If the wedding date you listed is correct, I’d advise you do the same, since it can still be pretty warm then. 

Menu cards- You can skip, esp. since there’s a buffet.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

One of the nice things about doing a menu card for a buffet is it gives people an idea of what they will find on the buffet. Then they don’t need as much time to make their choices in the buffet line, and it keeps the buffet moving. I’d do them for a buffet for this very reason, but skip them for a plated meal as everyone’s already set their order and there’s no real benefit — they will be reminded of their selection when it arrives at the table.

In my social circle, programs are wasteful. Folks generally know at least half of the bridal party, and can figure out the rest through the course of the reception, and the programs usually get left behind or thrown away.  If your social circle is very sentimental, though, a program is a nice keepsake.  I’d consider whether or not people will actually take them home, or will actually do anything differently just because they know the bridesmaids’/groomsmen’s names.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

They are not necessary but they can be nice.  I made my own programs more useful as we had an outdoor wedding also so we attached them to large popcicle sticks and made them into fans.  I personally like menus at a buffet style wedding just so I have an idea of what choices are available while I am waiting.  You could accomplish this by individual menu cards at each seat, one per table on the backside of your table numbers, or one for th enetire reception on a large chalkboard by the guestbook or something.  None of this is necessary but it can be a nice touch.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I didn’t do either one.  Didn’t seem worth it to me.  About a week before the wedding both my BFF and DH were all “What?  No Programs??  We need those!”  I told them if they thought they were so important they could do them.  Obviously, that never happened.  I don’t think they were missed.  

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think they are necessary, especially if you are not going for a super formal feel. We have picked programs that we like and are planning to wait until the end to order. That way, if we have overspent on other things, we can cancel them. Basically, they are nice, but not high priority.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I might skip the wedding program and just do a “Who’s who in the wedding party” at the front table. As for the menu, I think we might have to do that. We have some family and friends with food allergies and I’d like to make sure they know exactly what’s in the food they’re eating, just in case. Do I want to spend money on 250 menu cards? Heck no! But I would feel awful if somebody had an allergic reaction to something.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

i’m not doing either.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I been to wedding without both they aren’t really needed. Although i do think menu cards are nice to give the guest an idea of what they are eating. Perhaps doing one Menu as sign by the buffect, or tale if it’s plated meal.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have never been to a wedding with a program, so I don’t plan on having programs, but I was just at a wedding that had menu cards and although I never thought of them as important, I did this time. My fiance is allergic to fish and nuts. With everything written out, he was able to distinguish what he could and couldn’t eat. So, while I never really thought it necessary, for him it was lol. I know that isn’t a huge factor, or that many people have allergies, I personally was thankful to have menu cards just for FI!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

A lot of weddings I’ve been to didn’t have a menu or programs. You could always do a menu board to cut costs. I think with a 100 people a program probably won’t be needed.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We did not have either one of those things and they were not missed. It is nice, but if I don’t see them, not even a thought. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I think a program is nice because it shows the progression of events. I’ve been to many Indian weddings where the program explains the rituals in the ceremony and the lengths of each event. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We decided to do programs (because I wanted to make one of the cute ones I saw on here. lol), but not menus.   I think programs are nice if you have a long ceremony or something out of the ordinary, but they are definitely not necessary.  Keep in mind though, we are  saving money by not doing placecards.  We assigned tables and left out the individual placecards. 

The venue has a large chalkboard that we are setting up near the entrance so people know what’s on the buffet.  If you can’t do something like that, i think signs at the ends of the food trays that identify what’s in them would be fine.

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