Don’t Panic! Make sure you have your Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy programs!

Posted by


Offbeat Bride reader Alex has finally revealed to us the amazing Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy programs that her husband created. Thus renewing my faith in wedding programs in general. And with that, Alex's husband may have the satisfaction with the knowledge of a job well done.


Alex's clever husband says that all he did was choose a template on Word, delete everything, choose colours that matched their wedding colours, and let his imagination run wild! All Alex did was proofread, design the wordsearch and then spend five harrowing hours printing them all out! 🙂

Plus they double as a great way to explain your offbeat wedding…


Some factual information for you…


The Alex-designed word search, just in case you get bored…


So long and thanks for all the fish inspiration!

I apologize for those of you who have not read/watched/heard of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy because this post contained several quotes/allusions/excuses to write silly things contained in said book. You know me, I can't resist the urge to geek out. And also, you should probably buy the 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1400052920 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Meet our fave wedding vendors

Comments on Don’t Panic! Make sure you have your Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy programs!

  1. This is an amazing idea. I love The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, I actually thought about having my officiant hold my copy instead of a bible because its leatherbound and epic looking. =]

  2. This has got to be the best idea ever!! I may steal your *wonderful* idea, both my Fiance and I love everything that Douglas Adams has ever written. Kudos to you and remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery 🙂

    • Haha, no. We actually met in a video shop, so we used stacks of videos as centrepieces, which people could take away as favours, too.

  3. Alex – may I also ask permission to use your awesome programs as inspirations for our invites? We are not having programs, per se, but we are rewarding the "yes" RSVP's with some sort of wedding day survival guide. Since our wedding is binary for 42 (101010) we have been toying with a Hitchhiker's Guide theme for the survival guide. Thanks for showing us one great way to do it!!!

      • I already knew this. My best friend-and bridesman-is getting married that day, and said that one of the table numbers HAS to be 42 because 101010 is binary for 42. He's also doing all table numbers having to do with math…such as 3.14, 1123581321…

  4. Love love love this idea.

    When they send out their thank you cards after the wedding, they should thank everyone "for all the fish," haha.

  5. lol… this is so great! love love love love!!!!! & so does the new hubby!

  6. So cute! We did something sort of similar with the games and factoids and other fun stuff in our programs. I don't think anyone got around to looking at them though, so I was kind of bummed.

  7. I love it! Makes me think I might actually have to design some programs myself. Maybe make them look like the programs you get at our local ren faire as a nod to the medieval clothes we and the bridal party will be wearing.

  8. That is seriously awesome!!

    Wish I had done it, I got a bit of HHGTTG in my wedding though. My right has "thanks for all the fish" engraved in bad latin.

  9. Oh, My, GOD!!!

    You guys have the best Ideas!

    I'm totally going to have to toss this by the future hubby, but a nice copy of the Origin of Species (he's an evolutionary biologist) and greek lettered tables (I'm in Mathematics)!!!!

    And I'm going to have to go the multi-day program route for yes RSVPs: We're getting married in Glacier National Park.

    I'm so excited right now.

  10. This is a brilliant idea..thank you soo much..I wasn't sure if we 'needed' programs, but they do give people the heads up of whats gonna happen…and with an idea like this…who wouldn't want wedding programs…(totally stealing this idea…thanks!!!)

  11. i think i might have to steal this idea too. i absolutely love the hitch hikers guide!!!!!

  12. When my fiance and I got engaged, we put “DON’T PANIC” on our wedding planning binder, and we plan to give out towels as favors. SO cute! I may steal your program idea!

  13. I laughed heartily and burst into tears after reading this entire program. My guy LOVES this movie. He forces me to watch it at least once every three months, and quotes it often. I am more a Monty Python girl myself, and was trying to incorporate both somehow into our day. KUDOS to you for coming up with this idea, and please, please, pretty please may I hack it? xo

  14. Our theme is very set so I don’t think that I will be using this whole idea, however, I did customize my own “What kind of wedding is this?” and “So what happens now?” Because we are having a Humanist Civil Service that we wrote, with audience participation too! Thanks for the template!!!

  15. OH! Oh I love it! It’s wonderful that these great books could be the inspiration for even for creativity and awesomeness.

  16. This is so awesome and am completely stealing your creativity with some changes of course lol. Ours will be the guest guide to our surprise wedding. They will need instructions and are likely to panic! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Theres no way I wasn’t going to include some Douglas Adams references (yes Trillian is my real name, thank you Dad), this is an amazing way to do it. Great idea

  18. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Weddings make me panic, even though I am very excited to marry the wonderful dude I’ve spent the past 7 years with. I think leaning into the panic through nerdy pop-culture references is clearly the way forward.

    Shortly after our engagement, my FSIL made us a card with a picture of Prince Humperdinck, scowling, with a speech bubble attached that says “Man and wife! Say man and wife!” Clearly, we need to make this part of the ceremony.

  19. Oh. Em. Gee. If I wanted programs at my wedding (which I don’t), I would TOTALLY steal these!

Comments are closed.