Post # 1
I had thoughts of not even having programs butttttt long story short, we’re having someone on Etsy make them.
Anywho, we’re expecting around 80-100 guests…and I’m trying to figure out the smallest amount of programs we’ll really need (to cut costs down and also to prevent waste).
Right now our order with the seller is for 60 programs, but I’d like to cut that down a bit. What do you think? 40? 45? 50?
Post # 3
For our approximately 170 guest list (14 of those are in the wedding…another 10 or so are parents, gparents, etc), about 150 will be actually physically receiving the program. I’m making about 100, assuming that some couples won’t want two. I didnt’ think most guys care enough to grab one, it’s always the women i see in the pews reading to see who is who. A friend of mine is handing them out, so unless someone specifically asks for another one, I’m going to have her hand out one per couple. Our ceremony is only 25 minutes, outside, so it’s not like I need to explain a lot to them. If i was having an elaborate Catholic ceremony or incorporating traditions I didnt think the majority of my guests would understand, I’d probably print off extras or an "explanation" page (myself) just to explani a few of the things we were doing in our ceremony.
If you did THAT, you wouldn’t have to pay your Etsy seller extra.
Post # 4
You could always say one per couple. It would take a bit of figuring out, how many couples and how many singles.
Post # 5
Forgot to mention…it’s a non-church and non-religious wedding…probably about 30-35 min long! 🙂
Post # 6
We had a non-church, non-religious wedding outdoors. We made progam fans and they took a lot of effort. Most people say you need enough programs for 50% of your guest list. Most guys won’t take one. We ordered 60 for 125 guests and we have about 25 leftover programs sitting in our apartment for the past 8 months. They are too pretty to throw away but we have no need for 25 wedding programs.
Post # 7
Ooo, thanks for the info lilneko69!
Half of our guest-list would be around 40-50 so….I’m starting to think I may go with the lower end of the spectrum (40)
Post # 8
We made 135 programs, and had 175 guests in attendance (approximately). We still had about 8-10 leftover.
There will definitely be a large amount of people who don’t take one, as most couples share and small children usually don’t want one.
Hope that helps!
Post # 9
Someone (I forget who, but a vendor… maybe my DOC?) told me you should figure you only need half the amount of programs as you have guests. I guess not everyone takes one or even comes to the ceremony (sad). I am not going to go quite that low, but I’ll probably make about 2/3 as many programs as we have people who plan to attend.
Post # 10
Sorry, just saw what lilneko said… I should have just ditto’d that! I think you’re safe with 40, maybe 45.