(Closed) Putting a Program on Every Other Seat?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

Oooh. What if you come in and sit next to someone you don’t know?

I think you might be better just putting them in a basket on the way to the seats. Not everyone will grab them and when they’re gone, it’s easy to just look around and blame anyone else. But I would make 60-75% of the guest list a program!

Post # 4
1455 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Cons: not everyone comes with a date. People want to read the program. It’s polite to have as many programs as people.

Pros: you save money.


I think you should just do as many programs as people- you put work in designing them I assume, so they should get to see that!

Post # 5
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I agree with the previous posters. You should make about 70% of guests programs. Have the ushers/hostesses pass them out if you have them and when they run out they run out. If the guest list include kids, then I am pretty sure they won’t need any programs. So you would probably have enough for all the adults.

Post # 6
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I like the idea of having a basket of programs so guests can take one as they walk in the ceremony venue! I don’t think you should need 1 program per guest.

Post # 7
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I agree with the basket of programs – that is your safest bet, if you want to reduce the number of programs to print.

Post # 8
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hmmm. You do know that if you put a program on every other seat that means that every other guest has no program.

Post # 10
3285 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

i was a little crazy and did them for all seats, as i had a set-up of the programs on the backs of chairs…the basket’s probably the best idea if you want to have less but are not sure of how to present them.

Post # 11
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m going to have the ushers hand out a program to each guest.

Post # 12
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i’m having a basket at the signin/ guest book table… some people will only throw them away and those people usually won’t even take the time to pick one up and as the other post said couple usually know to only pick up one program and parents should stop children from picking them up also because again they will only go in the trash… or on the lawn… more for us to clean up

Post # 13
14 posts
  • Wedding: February 2010

My thoughts are – dont even bother with the programs! People will glance at them for about 1 minute MAYBE and that is IF they look at it at all. And then they will be left all over the church/venue. There will be that one crazy scrapbooker that takes theirs home (i am one so no offense meant here). I just got married and decided to ditch the idea and it was no big deal. I saved trees and a chunk of time and money.

Post # 14
3 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

For my programs I am making enough for about 75 % of the guests. I know that not everyone will take one. We decided to invite children to our wedding since my fiance has 11 nieces and nephews that he is very close to. Two of the girls are our flower girls and some of the slightly older girls were a little disappointed. So we decided to have three of them hold baskets of things for the ceremony (programs, fans, and satchels of grass seed) for the guests on the way to their seats. They were super excited to be apart of the wedding and have a responsibility. Of course, not every child could be trusted and independent enough for this task, so you need to really know the kids well!

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