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

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

They dont seem to be used in my area, so I’m not doing either. I dont think people really care for them since they are thrown right after.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@flutterbymagik:  A program board and a menu board can both cause a bottleneck as everyone stops on their way to the ceremony seating or to the buffet to spend a few minutes reading them.  Those will definitely work, you just have to plan where they’re going to go to not create a traffic jam. If you want to do boards, make sure you do multiples so that you get smaller “knots” of people stopping in the way to read, and break up the bottleneck that way.  Scout out the venue for where the most logical places to put the boards would be, and use as many boards as you can. Not like 30, of course!  But two or three menu boards in different areas heading to the dining area would be better than one smack at the entryway.

Guest books/sign-in books also create a bottleneck so that probably wants to go in the innermost spot you can find.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m doing programs because I lost my mother a couple of years ago, and the memorial page is important to me. Plus we’re having a formal wedding, and we thought it would be a nice touch.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I dont think that a menu is necessary, and am only printing around 50 programs (having about 100 guests). I am going to leave them in a basket, and have people take them if they want. I feel like there are some people that would really like them, and find them useful, but not everyone does and it isn’t necessary for everyone in a family to have one anyways

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Programs not necessary. Menu cards aren’t either, but I’m going to have them at my buffet style dinner. I think it’ll help people choose which foods they want faster when they’re going through the line when they know what to expect.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m skipping both! 🙂

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m doing both, but mostly because I just like making stuff, lol.  I think that the menu would be more useful than programs.  Like others have stated, people with food allergies will appreciate knowing what is in each dish.  The boards sound like a good idea.. maybe have two or three of them, so that everyone isn’t waiting around to see one.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

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@TwoCityBride:  I like that idea of a menu sign. Maybe make two posters and put them on easles so that a few people ata a time can read them. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Big giant waste of money–both of them.  I cater waiter and we throw away nearly every single menu card and program at the end of the night.  Tons of wasted paper and hundreds of wasted dollars.  They are thrown all over the floor or lawn, shredded, dunked in empty cups with melting ice, folded up and jammed into weird spots–you name it, it’s happened to a program or menu card.  Making a menu board and a program board would be a less expensive and less wasteful and less messy option.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

Programs are useful for church weddings, especially if there are any congregational hymns or spoken responses. It’s also nice to see an order of what elements are included in the service, if it’s a moderately long wedding (say, 20 min. +). They would probably be a lot less useful for a very short wedding.

Re. zomgwut’s comment: just because they don’t all get saved doesn’t necessarily mean they are a waste. I’ve often rolled/folded up and tossed the program after a wedding – but I appreciated having it during the service. In order to know whether they were “worth it,” you would have to judge by how many of them get read, not how many of them get kept. That’s a little trickier to assess.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m doing the blackboard menu for our buffet..and am unsure about programs yet! I certainly don’t feel that they’re needed but they can be nice..we’ll see what happens!

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i have not been to a wedding which had either, so i’m going to say they are not necessary.  the blackboard style suggested by littlepossum sounds nice, plus that means there will only be one to do not 100’s. i still don’t get the programs, i think we call them ‘order of service’ but i’ve not seen one used at a wedding here either 

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I remember going to weddings before programs came into fashion, and I was never confused about what was happening; nor did I have a burning desire to know the identity of any of the attendants I didn’t already know.

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding with a menu card, and if I did, they failed to make an impression on me. 

So in both cases I vote for saving trees, money, hassle, etc.

Post # 31
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’d skip them, especially for a wedding of 100. 

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