Post # 1
Our wedding ceremony and reception are in the same venue, and we are having a program for the ceremony. The more I think about it, the more I think we should do a reception program so people know what’s next and when food and dessert is. We don’t think we need a menu because we are doing plated meals. Do people do reception programs? I don’t remember seeing them on weddingbee though I saw one in real life. Should I combine the programs? Thanks
Post # 3
I’ve never seen one at a wedding, but if you feel like you need it and have the cash to burn, go for it. You can also do one per table on a little stand, and they can all share it if you want to. I’ve seen that done, but it was a banquet, not a wedding.
ETA: I personally wouldn’t put it with the ceremony information, but I think that is also a creative liberty that you and your Fiance can decide on together. 🙂
Post # 4
Hmm, okay. I guess the only people who are needing to know what’s next in the reception are probably itching to leave and want to not miss a specific part…so maybe I don’t need a reception program
Post # 5
I’ve seen it both ways in that some people put it in the ceremony program and then some people leave it separate.
I intend to do a reception program but not quite sure of the format. I’m thinking about doing a 3 sided tent? so that I can do the table number on one side, the menu on another side, and the reception program on the last.
Post # 6
the last wedding i attended had plated meals and still had a menu. they also included the order of events on the bottom of the menu so that could be an option. it’s always nice to have a reminder of what you requested. a lot of people go to a lot of weddings over the year and don’t always remember what their meal selection was, especially if they rsvp early on!
Post # 7
Ditto what farmgirl2106 said 🙂
Post # 8
Interesting idea … I like the format of the 3 sided tent!
Post # 9
i just made a general wedding program which gave a general time line (ceremony, photos, dinner, bonfire on beach). i also listed my wedding party, the ceremony poem readings, an explanation of the wine box ceremony (each on different pages) and a thank you page listing all my vendors and guests names.
it was free for me to make as well since i just made a booklet and printed them at home. okay not totally free – i bought lavender colored paper and ribbon.
ETA: i did NOT put specific reception info like cake cutting, first dance, bouquet toss or anything if thats what you meant by people missing something.
Post # 10
I think @tea has a great suggestion – I think that a menu with a plated meal is even more important than a buffet so that your guests know what to expect next. That way, you could include a basic order of reception events at the bottom of the menu and have one at each place-setting. Other than that, I wouldn’t go all out on a reception program, I’ve never seen a seperate program for the reception, as they usually just flow naturally and there is someone announcing what is coming next.
Post # 11
I got married in Vegas, so our ceremony was only about 10 minutes long…not much to put in a program. I made a program that was placed at everyone’s place setting at their table for the reception that had separate pages with the menu, the bridal party names, our blessing, the order of events for the reception, and a description of some of our symbols/decor. I spent a ton of time on them.