(Closed) One program per couple or for each person?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I plan to place them on the chairs, so I’ll have one per chair.

Post # 4
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve never seen one per couple– the extra expense can’t be that much, do one per person.

Post # 5
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

One per person. Even if you plan for it to be one per couple, probably everyone will take one, which will screw up your numbers.

Will you have someone handing them out or just placed in a basket or something?

Post # 6
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think per couple is plenty – most of the weddings I’ve been to recently have had one per couple and it worked out perfectly and for the first time I was at a wedding where  there weren’t dozens of programs left in the seats afterward.


Post # 7
246 posts
Helper bee

Definitely one per person.

Post # 8
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It depends on how fancy your programs are.  For us, one program per couple saved about $45. 

That’s not a lot in the grand scheme of things but the total for printing added up when you include menu cards, escort cards, escort card calligraphy, table numbers, guest book signage, etc.  I was happy to cut back on the cost here.  Plus, almost all the programs are left on the seat or in the pews after the ceremony. 

Post # 10
841 posts
Busy bee

One per person makes sense :). Hope everything works out!! >.<

Post # 11
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

DEFINETLY only one per couple, at the most!! We had 95 programs for 185 guests and had about 40 leftover! And I’ve heard similar stories from every single one of my married friends…Save yourself time, money, paper and energy and make enough for half your guests, at most!

Post # 12
4547 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We did one per person, just to be safe, especially since we got them done so inexpensively.

Post # 13
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We actually counted on one per person, and had enough available for that theory…but to our surprise it turned out that (for the most part) each couple only took one program.  If you are concerned about it, and money isn’t the issue, I would err on the side of too many.  Better to have some extra programs for keepsakes than to have guests feel excluded!

Post # 14
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

One per person!  You don’t want to run out!  If you end up doing one per couple, just make sure you have people passing them out.

Post # 15
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had 125 people RSVP to the wedding.  We figured about 1/2 of them would come to the ceremony & not everyone would take a program.  We made 80 programs, I think I have 5 left.

More people will take them than you think.  Especially if they are unique.

Post # 16
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Unless you are a religious ceremony where most guests will likely be of a different faith than yourselves and thus not know what is happening and how closely they need to follow along via the programs, they aren’t necessary and many people skip them. If cost is an issue, one per couple should be fine, but also nothing wrong with one per person. It’s personal preference really. You can always recycle the leftovers and maybe even have a basket set up (with signage) for that purpose if some don’t want to keep theirs. Plus, many guests don’t even take them so running out should not be an issue.

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