Post # 1
Hey there bees on the “other side.” 😉 I’m getting to the point of ordering our programs, and I’ve got no clue how many we should get.
One per person seems a bit much, esp. when counting children in the total number (366 guests).
When counting up the ‘invites out’ for those that accepted, it’s about 168. However, I’m sure some couples will want one of their own, or some of the ‘add ons’ were actually adult children that will grab their own.
I’ve also heard about 50% – 75% of your accepted count. That’d put us at 185-275.
I should note, though, that due to our printer’s prior flub-up, we will be getting our programs for free, so cost isn’t something we need to consider. Still, I don’t want to be wasteful and end up with tons extra, but I know that I always like to take my own program at each wedding I go to. So advice from you bees would be super helpful!!
Post # 4
I thought about 130 people would come. I printed 130 programs. About 150 showed up, and I still have 30 programs left.
Post # 5
I think it depends on how you’re distributing the programs. If you’re having them in a basket or on a table — then I really think you can go less (not everyone will take one). If you are having someone hand them out — then use the 75% estimate.
Post # 6
@sweetpea87: Hmm, so 2/3ish. I’m definitely thinking not 1:1, that’s a bit much.
@edot: Ah, hadn’t considered that. We will have host couples handing them out, so I bet that will ‘peer pressure’ folks into taking one when they might not have grabbed one out of a basket. That’s a good call! I hadn’t considered how the method of distribution would change that.
Post # 7
I’d go with 60-75%. I helped hand out programs at a wedding that printed only 50%, and we tried to ration them, but we still ran out. 🙁 At my wedding, on the other hand, we printed almost enough so that everyone could have one, and we had lots left over.
Post # 8
@edot: Good point.
@indibee: Since you are having people hand them out, I would say maybe 80%. If they are getting low, you could always have the people handing them out ask, “Would you each like one?” to a couple.
Post # 9
I printed 1/person and I have more than half of them leftover, but I had them in a basket. I wish I’d told my planner to set one on each chair instead.
Post # 10
We had 136 invitees. We made 130 programs. I belive we only used around 50-60% of them. So maybe do 70% to be safe. However, we also left them in a basket, not handed out.
Post # 11
@Gemstone: Sounds like 75%ish would be a good number. Sort of a happy medium.
@Crabbabs: That’s smart! I’ll let them know that it’s fine to ask couples instead of just automatically handing them to each adult. Am I mean if I say that kids only get one if they ask? Teens and stuff I get, but elementary kids? I don’t think that’s necessary, but maybe I’m a meanie-bride. 🙂
@reebee: If we had chairs, I’d do that, but we’ll be squishing into pews so who knows how many people will sit in each row. That’d sure make life easier!
@ItsPronounced_ABear: It seems that the basket vs handout could really make a difference. So glad someone brought it up, I’d never have thought of it!