Programs/Menu cards do you really need them?
Still kinds new to using the forums...my wedding is 58 days away. I am not sure if I need programs or menu cards. We are having a backyard wedding, that is going to be no more than 15 minutes for the ceramony, FH and I will only having one person stand next us. No readings, songs, unity candles...so is it really important to waste paper to print out saying Bride groom bestman maid of honor ...also we are having a buffet for food do I need to print a menu for each person or can I do one or two for the table or just make signs at the buffet table...it is upscale backyard picnic food.

Married: 07/09/2011
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Kimberly
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May 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
nope! save some trees :)

Married: 08/19/2011
May 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I am wondering the same thing. I am having a few more people than you (4 on each side) but I wasn't planning on doing a ceremony program. Most people tend to leave them on the chairs and throw them out. After reading some posts I feel like I should do them now.

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May 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I'd just make signs at the buffet table

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May 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
My own personal opinion is when you have a ceremony that includes multiple people doing readings and whatever- especially if everyone doesn't know everyone- you should have programs. Other than that, it's not necessary. Same thing on the buffet- unless you have a huge buffet with foods that look unusual, I agree with Kimberly M- save a tree! (And the work)

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May 12, 2011 at 1:37 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
@Lori-Sometimes the guest like to know who's standing up there w/you.

We are doing programs, but they are fan programs because it's FL. BUT I don't recommended doing a program per guest, maybe save some money by doing 1 per household?

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May 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Its not necessary. However, my ceremony is outdoors and I would like for my guest to have fans. So I plan to make fans with the program on it.


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May 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Programs definitely not a necessity and honestly until WW I'd never heard of the menu cards at weddings.. I dont' think I've ever been to a wedding that had them... so I think thats a personal call... I agree with Kimberly save a tree!

Jessica
Married: 06/25/2011
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May 12, 2011 at 1:44 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I do not think you need them at all. However if you do decide on getting them I would get them from vistaprint. They will be super cheap so it is not a big deal if people throw them away or not take them.

Married: 07/09/2011
May 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I did see a cool idea on here that someone did with the menus by putting a couple on the tables in a picture frame..I might do one or two by the buffet table. I also thought of doing a chalk board with the wedding party listed ..kinda shabby chic country looking..the feel I am trying to obtain.
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Married: 07/09/2011
May 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
It has been hard because I live in VA and wedding is in MI. FMIL is helping with the booking of vendors. she has been wonderful but is going more formal when I keep telling simple casual look is what I want. It is supose to feel like the family gathering on Sat for a big picnic. They only control I feel I have is the decorations because I been doing that myself..and of course they are paying for most of the wedding.

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May 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thank you for asking this question so I wouldn't have to :) After reading the responses - I will be saving some trees!

Married: 08/19/2011
May 12, 2011 at 1:56 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
And after reading the responses I will be doing programs. Lol

Bitchasaurus
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May 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
@Singing Diva, that is my plan for the programs. We're having an outdoor ceremony in September at 11:00 AM so it might be warm.

And I'm doing a couple menus for each table. We're having a buffet and I want to make sure people know what is up there.

Hayley C™
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May 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
If anyone needs help, I have designed programs on vistaprint before.

These are the 50 free rack cards.
http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/ideas-for-free-vistaprint-items/2abf6902970b601e.html


Maria
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May 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Singing Diva...wow that is a great idea! The program on a fan. How creative!!!!!! Mine is inside but I whish I had of thought of that.

@Becky....if your wedding is so small and personal you may not want to waste the time or paper making a program or menus. What you may want to do is at least have the food "labeled" on the buffet so people know what is what. I hate going to buffets and not know what the food is. If you do decide to do programs, yu can do quite a bit with Microsoft Word and one sheet of paper. It doesn' thave to be long and fancy, just a sheet of paper or print on the nice paper they sell at office stores. Otherwise for 15 people I would skip that part. Hey...we share the same date :)
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May 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thanks Ladies.... I stumbled across the FAN/Program idea when google'n DIY fans. Honestly if my ceremony was not outdoors... I would not have a program.


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May 12, 2011 at 6:16 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I'm not doing a program OR a menu. I think it also depends on how religious or how long or short your ceremony is. My FH and I are not very religious, so our ceremony is going to be around 30 minutes max. I don't want to waste all the money, paper, and time. I don't believe we're going to have any readings either. I'm also very eco-friendly so

SAVE THE TREES!!

Good luck everyone!

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May 13, 2011 at 12:09 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I didnt know either...so I asked my wedding planner, and SHE said they are more for very formal weddings or weddings with traditions not everyone is familiar with to help guests understand what is going on. My wedding isnt traditional, and is formal just not superrr formal, Im not using them. =)) I think its a waste of the wedding budget, so Im not even bothering with a program either.

Married: 10/01/2011
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May 13, 2011 at 1:32 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Nah.. Im not and I am also doing the backyard wedding. =)

2d Bride ®
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May 13, 2011 at 3:23 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
We did programs only because we were having a Jewish wedding with several nonJewish guests. We therefore included the complete text of the ceremony, with transliterations and translations of the Hebrew and explanations of Jewish wedding customs. In other circumstances, I don't believe programs are necessary.

As for menus, I did one each for the buffet table, signature drinks, and layers of the cake. And even that wasn't really necessary.
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