(Closed) Programs – How many?

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

1 per person is the norm from what I understand. You’ll always end up with some leftover but you can’t guarantee that each couple is going to know that they can only take one program if you do a 1:2 ratio – does that make sense? 


Post # 4
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

1 per person. You can recycle any leftovers.

Post # 5
3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

def one per person!

Post # 6
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Yes, definitely 1 per person! It’s always best to have a bit more than you need than not enough.

Post # 7
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I’m going to disagree. There are always left overs. We’ll do about 75% but not 1 pereprson. Some people skip the ceremony, men don’t often take programs either.

Post # 8
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m also going to say to do less than one per person.  From what I gather from other brides and weddings I’ve been to, there are always leftovers.  I’m going to have 75-90 for our 130-140 person wedding. 

Post # 9
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had 100 guests, and I made a program for everyone. We had about 25 or 30 left over. Are you planning elaborate (in time and/or materials) programs? If so, I think you’d be safe making about 20% less than your number of guests. If they’re easy and inexpensive, I’d go ahead and make one for everyone, just in case.

Post # 10
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We will end up with about 130 guests most likely.  I have made 120 programs, since we have kids in the mix and the wedding party wont be using them

Post # 11
4479 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

We’re doing one per *invitation*, not one per person. At four pages long, it just wasn’t feasible to do more than that.

Post # 12
1955 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Whoa, I asked four different married colleagues, who all said to go WAY WAY less than 1/person.  3 of the 4 of them said they had more than half of theirs leftover, the 4th said about 1/3…So I’m doing about 100 for a 175 person wedding, I don’t think there’s any need to make 1/person!

Post # 13
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

I agree with Trailmix and Spaniel – I’m planning on making enough for about 75% of the people attending.  That’s slightly more than 1/invite, but definitely less than 1/person.  So I guess that would be about 120 programs if 160 people attend.  In fact, I may only make 100.  Why waste time/money/resources making too many programs!  If you have ushers, you can make sure only 1 program is handed out per couple, and that will guarantee everyone gets one.

Post # 14
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I agree – no need to make 1 per guest. We had 165 guests and I made 120. I would guess that we had about 40 left over. (Such a shame – they took so long to make)

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