(Closed) reception program or menu card

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: reception program or menu card
    reception program only : (4 votes)
    12 %
    menu card only : (19 votes)
    56 %
    both : (1 votes)
    3 %
    neither : (10 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    5095 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ve never heard of a reception program, nor have I ever been given one at any wedding I attended. I don’t think it’s a requirement!

    Post # 4
    3267 posts
    Sugar bee

    Honestly neither.  I think they are both a waste of paper and time.

    Everyone knows the basics about what is going to happen.  And I don’t particularly care if WHICH reading there is, and I probably already know who the BM’s are, or I would have declined attending your wedding in the first place.


    Post # 5
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’ve enver herad of a reception program either. What would it say that your ceremony program didn’t? People know a cake will be cut and there will be some dances… honestly I’m not sure a ceremony program is necessary either in most cases. Admittedly we are doing one, but that’s just because we’re having a full Catholic mass and not all of our guests are Catholic and I’m afraid they would be lost without the ceremony outline in the program. As for the menus, I’ve seen them done with a plated meal, but like you said, it’s a bit superfluous, and tends to be about asthetics at that point.

    Post # 6
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I know it isn’t up for discussion, but since everyone else seems to be talking about it: I would definitely use your ceremony program as planned. I love receiving one at weddings and knowing who each of the bridemaids is, etc. Certainly, if I am good friends with all the girls, I might already know them, but generally speaking, most guests at your wedding do not. (For instance, my Aunt doesn’t know any of my college friends who will be in my wedding). A ceremony program is very useful! It’s also a great place to thank your families and guests in writing.

    I have never heard of a reception program, and I do not think you need one. Seeing as your guests already chosen their entrees, a menu card isn’t necessary, but it’s always a nice touch. I think if you don’t have the time and/or the budget to make the menu, it’s not a big deal to skip it. However, if it’s a feasible option for you, I’d do it.

    Post # 7
    1748 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I agree with others, I’ve never heard of a reception program. We’re doing (literally, Fiance is designing all paper) a program for the ceremony and a menu.

    Post # 8
    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Why do you need a reception program?  Presumably you’ll have a DJ or someone that can tell guests what’s happening next, so I think you’ll be fine with just a menu at the reception.

    Post # 9
    737 posts
    Busy bee

    @AshleyR83:  Recently I attended a family wedding with an alternative service menu. In Australia this is quite common at reception/conference venues. For each course there are two different dishes that are served to guests.  Guests cannot choose, but can opt to swap if they wish. 

    There was a menu/program x 2 copies on each table.  It stated arrival of the bride/groom, entre, speaches, mains, first dance & cutting of cake, desert, wedding cake and tea/coffee with chocolates along with the time that these events would occur.  This gave us an outline of when the formal parts of the wedding took place and also outlined the meals including ingredients – great idea just in case there may be an issue for some guests.

    Although not necessary it was nice to know when we could leave (oldies) and when the fun for the young ones started.

    I will be doing both a ‘ceremony program’ as well as a ‘menu/reception combination program’ for my daughter’s wedding (under her instruction of course). 

    Post # 10
    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    does the OP live in the states?

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