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Programs I don’t feel are unless you’re outdoors and it’s sunny aha so it’s like a fan or if it’s a bilingual ceremony or if it’s a really long ceremony like a mass. Otherwise you can forego them
If you're having a religious wedding you should probably do programs. We did programs because we had a Jewish ceremony and several non-Jewish guests in attendance who wouldn't have understood what was going on. I know I would be completely lost at a church wedding without having a program to follow along to! But if you're having a secular ceremony, then programs are not necessary. We did not do menus, since guests pre-selected their meals as part of RSVP so they already knew what they were eating
We had a simple wedding so we skipped programs. We figured guests would figure out: ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner.
Because we only had 15 guests at our DW, we printed a menu for every plate because we wanted the look. It was a family-style dinner. For our local reception, we had a two-course plated meal for 50 guests but skipped the menu because guests chose what they wanted on their RSVP card. Good thing we didn’t have menus because the winery reception outdoors was so windy!
We did neither. Programs are nice extras but I’ve never found them super important as a guest. Our ceremony was pretty short and non religious. We didn’t do menus because we had a pre selected plated meal. In my option, menus in that case add confusion more than anything else because guests can’t actually order off it.
We did programs bc I think they’re so nice. I like everyone knowing what’s going on and the ceremony is the whole point of the wedding so I wanted to highlight it. We did a buffet but I did menu boards rather than individual menus.