(Closed) # of Programs?

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2007

I’d rather have too many, than too few.  I think you should make one for everyone who RSVPs.  I’d say not to make one for the kids – but if you think they’ll want one too – go ahead and have plenty to go around.

Post # 4
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84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom

my gf recently told me that she had about 450 come to her wedding, made 300 programs, and still had 100 left over! she said a bunch of people skipped the ceremony. i think 2/3 is way more than enough.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I’d say 2/3 to 3/4 of your actual RSVP list. (And then hang on to 3-5 at home for your scrapbook or special family who lose theirs later.) We had 90 guests, and I made 100…and I have a lot left over. Too disheartening to count them b/c it took a while to cut them out and be-ribbon them.

Guys tend to not take them unless they’re stuffed into their hand as they walk in, and even then, they seem to wave them off and say they’ll share with their wife/GF. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

i have 300 anticipated guests, but i’m only planning to make 125, mayyyybe 150.  after all the weddings that i’ve attended and/or organized, even if you make half, there’s always plenty of leftovers.  couples will only need one between them.  kids don’t usually bother.  this is definitely one of those things guests don’t really care to keep.  so try not to put a tremendous amt of effort on them. 

Post # 7
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Wannabee

I think that the number of programs depends on the nature of the ceremony.  If your ceremony is particularly short or informal, you likely only need 1 per couple.  If your ceremony is more formal and religious, having one per person is better, especially if there are hymns or congregational responses that are sung or spoken by everyone.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I agree with above comments. I’m making 100 for 200 guests. We’re having a Catholic ceremony and I’m expecting a bunch of people to skip out on that and just join us at the reception (a bummer, but the truth!). I’d make 1/2-2/3 your total number of people coming.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2008

I agree that some weddings have leftover programs, but I did attend a wedding this year where they ran out and I really missed not having a program. I guess I just like to follow along! Anyway, to avoid this I think I’m going to make the exact number of people that RSVP so that maybe the people that don’t take one will equal the extra people that come that did not RSVP. I’ll probably have leftovers, but I’m hoping my programs won’t cost very much, so it’s ok.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I’d say you can assume that most couples will only take one (and it’ll likely be the woman who does, the guys won’t notice or care), and some people won’t bother at all. I had 130 people RSVP to my wedding, and even not counting those of us in the bridal party and small children, we still had at least 100 guests in the audience. I had 83 programs at the beginning of the day, and about 20 left at the end.

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