(Closed) How many programs?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We decided to do one program for every two people so for our 150 guests I have done 75 programs (I actually did 85 to have some to give to our parents and keep for ourselves to use in scrapbooks). I usually don’t keep the programs from the weddings that I have been to so I really wouldn’t worry about everyone having their own.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was wondering this too! I was thinking about making programs for 75% of guests. Is that too many, too little? What if everyone takes a program and I run out?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Can any newlyweds advise? Were there lots left over? I’d prefer to not spend more than I have to.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I had a ton left over, and the back of my program was the seating chart (assigned tables). We put 1 program on each chair (75 people, 75 programs), and when I was in the ceremony room for additional pics after the guests had moved to the reception hall, I remember seeing like 50%+ left on the chairs. I remember thinking “how did they find their table?” I guess they memorized their table # while they were sitting through the ceremony. Anyway, I think getting 75% of your guest count would be playing it safe, but you could probably get away with half. I don’t think anyone kept it except maybe my mom. 😛

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

hmm half might be nice. Maybe I’ll tell my girls handing out programs to be stingy.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper

We made one for everyone and ended up with tons left over. I’d shoot for 60-70% maybe?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think one per couple (or per family if there are small kids) would be fine. A lot of people use them during the ceremony but leave them there afterward. If you have ushers handing out programs, just make them aware that there are only enough for one per couple. And maybe print a few extras just in case.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I printed my programs last night and I did about 75 for about 140 people.  I have enough for another 25 because they come in packages of 50.  Just don’t really want to waste the printer ink on something people won’t even look at.  We’re not planning on placing them on chairs either.  In a basket with the yarmulkes.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m surprised these numbers are so low, I’ve always taken a program for myself and a program for Fiance.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My planner told me 1 program per couple is standard 🙂

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I printed 100 for 110 guests and was left with 40.  Surprised me, since I thought everyone would take one…but that’s not the case. (And I didn’t have any young children at my wedding).  Actually, I found programs to be a huge headache, and I’m not really sure they are worth the amount of money/work that goes into them.

My guests didn’t seem to care much about them.  And this isn’t the first time I’d heard that…I chose to ignore the advice, make my own, and now I wished I hadn’t bothered…it was a lot of work leading up to the wedding day that I didn’t need.

Either way, I would shoot for about 60-70% of total guest count.  You should be fine!

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