Wedding Day Signage/Programs

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - Brooklyn, NY

Also wondering the same thing!

Post # 3
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

Also following this thread bc I’m trying to figure this out.. thanks!

Post # 4
4890 posts
Honey bee

I’ve never found any of the pinterest-y signage helpful or even that interesting.  I can figure out the table with the book everyone is signing is the guest book table. I can figure out the table with all the snacks and drinks for cocktail hour is snacks and drinks. I know how to pick a seat or be ushered to a seat without some sign telling me I don’t need to pick a side.

About the only signs that I find helpful are directional signs if it’s not obvious. For example the reception is  two flights of stairs and a left at the end of long hallway From the ceremony.

 I think programs generally are unnecessary,  especially if your ceremony is short and uncomplicated. However, as a rule I kind of like them particularly if a ceremony is going to be longer than about 20 minutes. I get pretty antsy and when a wedding is starting late (which happens more than i care for) or during parts I find uninteresting, no offense, I like having something I can read and refer to so I can gauge how much longer the ceremony is going to be. It also gives me a socially acceptable thing to look at. I also like them if there are going to be religious or cultural aspects to a ceremony where not all members of the guest list may be intimately familiar with them.

Post # 5
47412 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had no signs: nada, zip, nyet. I have attended precious few weddings where a sign was atually needed. They always makes me feel like the couple thinks I’m too stupid to recognize a gift box, a guest book, a dessert table ( what the heck else would it be?).

It amazes me that we all manage to attend any number of other social events with nary a sign in sight.

Post # 6
4591 posts
Honey bee

We had no signs, no guest book, no programs, no menus. No one missed them.

Post # 7
6798 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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frenchtoastvegan :  we had a small wedding and zero signs, just told people what they needed to know,I guess. Also had no programs. It does help to have a smaller event, of course. Anyone who wanted to know who my best friend was could easily find out or already knew.

 I know some people care who the bridal party is in other weddings but I never did. The only useful things a program ever had were the words to hymns or prayers because otherwise I wouldn’t know them to participate. 

Post # 8
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I’m having a sign at the bar stating the alcohol and mixers on offer so the bartender doesn’t have to say it 50000 times. I’m having a sign for the guest book because mine isn’t a typical guestbook and the location is a little awkward. I’m also having a sign for the memorial table so they understand what all the pics are for. And finally, I’m having a small sign on each table with the table number to assist with buffet. 

Post # 9
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

We had about 100 people and assigned seating, so we did a seating chart sign (instead of escort cards) and then little cards with people’s names/meal choice at their seats. Our venue automatically provided menus, but I wouldn’t have paid extra for them since everyone had already pre-ordered their meal choice anyway. I was going to skip programs but at the last minute my mother insisted. Ours was less a program for the ceremony and more for the entire night. It had the names of the bridal party, our music choices in the ceremony, and then what time cocktail hour/dinner/dancing/etc would be. Most of them did end up in the trash at the end of the night but I think people appreciated having them at the start of the evening to get a feel for how the night would go.

Post # 10
7989 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Useful but not necessary 

-general timeline

-bar menu

-which way the bathroom is

-buffet signs

useless and save your money


-pick a seat not a side 

-basically anything else from pinterest


so that said, we had a bar sign and I think that was it. 


Post # 12
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

We have a signature drink sign, a guest book sign, a cake flavors sign, and a sign that explains the theme of our wedding.  Other than that, I don’t think we’ll need anything else.  We’re not doing programs, a menu, etc.

Post # 13
561 posts
Busy bee

we did programs because we had a religious ceremony, so it indicated the order of events for those not of our faith.  i put it together in a word document and had them printed at staples on pink paper for like $20.  we didn’t do any other signage. 

Post # 14
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

We had no signage for anything whatsoever and I’m glad we didn’t. Nothing extra to buy, put up, take down, and lug home. 

Post # 15
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

We had two signs and that was plenty! Our wedding was at a restaurant and bed and breckfast, which was still open to the public as well.  We had the welcome sign at the sidewalk leading to the ceremony since the chairs weren’t visible from the parking lot.  We then moved the sign into our private room entry for the reception.  The seating chart was on the guest book table, just so it brought attention to the guest book to sign.  I got the signs from Michaels and the posters from Vistaprint.


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