(Closed) Menus and Programs, are they necessary?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve been having the same thought recently, especially after pricing them out.  I think I’m going to do programs, but skip the menu cards.  I’m also having a sit-down, full service meal, and having guests pre-select their entrees.  So having a menu card isn’t really necessary.

What are your thoughts?

Post # 4
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We had both and I don’t regret them one bit. While they’re not necessary, I do think they’re a nice touch. I DIY’ed both and I doubt I spent more than $10 total (we’re talking 80 programs and 15 menus). It took a good amount of time to design and cut each one but I think they’re well worth it. If its something that you’d like but you don’t want to spend a lot on, look into DIYing them. A printer and some card stock is really all you need.

Post # 5
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I personally don’t feel a need to do a program unless there is something unusual happening. Frankly, you are watching two people get married. This will probably involve people speaking and you know it is over when they kiss and walk out.

As for menu’s, I also don’t want to waste paper, but in the other thread you are talking about I posted what I am doing to solve this. For favours we are giving out pots with flowers in them. Around the pot/vase I am going to wrap the menu. It will bring in our colours, save me from decorating some pots and gives it a multi-function. As a guest, I DO enjoy having menu’s because every meal is so different. One wedding I went to was a standard 4 course meal (soup, salad, main, dessert, all of which was brought out within 90 minutes) and there was no menu. I had pre-selected the steak and got what I asked for. It was quite nice, too, being suprised by what came out. The last wedding I was at was TWELVE course and it took 6 hours for it all to arrive. It was nice to have a menu because at course 5 I was able to see that there was still another 2 courses until meat, so I stopped eating to save my stomach!

Post # 6
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I did some DIY programs, and they weren’t that expensive due to us doing the work on them and I liked having them, but I skipped the menu’s, I didn’t feel they were necessary.

Post # 7
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

They are def. not needed. I was going to go with the matching menus, seating chart, programs, ect. Then I thought…


Each place card has a table number assigned and each table obviously has a number.

As for the programs not many people are going to keep them besides parents, and yourself.

Menus I would recommened if your having a huge wedding, so people know and can be aware if allergies. ect


Post # 8
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

If you get right down to it, neither are really necessary.  However I do think menus could be useful  for people who might have allergies that you did not know about.  I know all the ingredients don’t get listed, but for someone with a nut allergy, “waldorf salad” is a red flag.. something like that.


Post # 9
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No, they are not necessary!  I think this is a great place to save money and, just as important to me, energy.  I’m planning to skip both.

Post # 10
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t think menus are necessary, but I do think programs are essential. Besides cluing your guests on what is happening, it’s one of the only chances you formally name your bridal party, programs pay tribute to deceased family members, formally thank your guests for coming, give special mention to those who have gone above and beyond to help you plan for your big day as well as provide a chance for you and your fiancé to write a special note to the people who helped raise you and shaped you into the people you both are today.

Post # 11
3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@BrooklynWife: I agree. No menus for us (brunch buffet), but we’re doing programs.

Post # 12
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I made my menu for about $10, but I probably spent about $20 getting my menus printed from Vista Print. I liked how they added some color and the font lent a bit to our Art Deco theme. If you don’t need/want it for decor reasons, though, I would definitely skip it. 

Post # 13
3942 posts
Honey bee

We aren’t doing programs but are having menus. We have a lot of meal choices (not pre-selected), so it will make things easier for our guests.

Neither are really necessary but like PP’s have said, they are fairly easy and inexpensive to make yourself.

Post # 14
8610 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think either are necessary. I might DIY some but I definitely wouldn’t spend a lot of time/money/effort on it.

Post # 15
1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve never been to a wedding with menus, if that helps. I wasn’t going to do programs until last night actually, but only because I’ve been looking for a way to honor my dad who died last year and I just discovered you can put this in a program. Other than that, you definitely don’t need either.

Post # 16
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

No menu for us, it’s a gorgeous brunch buffet with omelette station and everything is labeled. If you are serving multiple courses, I do think a menu is appropriate, but you really only need two on each table, sign-style.

As for programs, we have no wedding party, just FI’s brother as Best Man. It’s a secular ceremony, and our awesome officiant explains the meaning of everything as a part of it. I felt that a program was useless for our situation, but I do appreciate them at religious or cultural ceremonies where an explanation or even translation is necessary. 

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