Wedding Programs. One per guest?
Or one per couple? I'm undecided. We have 165 confirmed guests (so far) plus an open invitation to the CEREMONy for our church members and his mom's church and another church he's been helping out. Both of the latter churches are 50 members or less. Our church has about 150-200 active members. We don't expect them all to come but have no idea of knowing how many will. He suggests I print 200-250. I was thinking more along the lines of 150 tops. What do yall think? I need to start printing out labels and cutting them and I'm just at a complete loss. I don't deal well with unknowns.

ladylee
Married: 06/05/2010
Posted On: May 13, 2010 at 7:23 PM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate1 like

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Married: 07/24/2010
May 13, 2010 at 7:24 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I'm glad you asked this because I am also curious. :)

Married: 10/10/2010
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May 13, 2010 at 7:26 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hmmm...I think that since there are many people coming who may not know you well, you should have programs for them. That way they'll know who the wedding party is and whatnot.

Married: 12/19/2010
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May 13, 2010 at 7:29 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I say one per couple.

ladylee
Married: 06/05/2010
May 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Ok Erin so how many should I print?

JJ
Married: 2+ years ago
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May 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
150 tops.
1 per couple or 2 per family is totally fine and enough also.
No one really saves it. So they leave it on their chairs or throw it away and I wouldn't want to waste paper
or time if I was short on time.

Not-A-Bridezilla
Married: 05/15/2010
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May 13, 2010 at 7:35 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I printed one per guest... many times kids will grab at least one when they go in-- I know one cousin who will grab one per member of her family and pass them out because it makes her feel important. But I also have a much smaller guestlist-- I say one per couple should be fine

JJ
Married: 2+ years ago
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May 13, 2010 at 7:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
But I guess it's kind of nice if you want everyone to know the wedding party names etc or write your thank yous in the program also.

Married: 07/24/2010
May 13, 2010 at 7:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I'm having someone pass mine out, so I'll just give them stipulations, lol.

Married: 10/02/2010
May 13, 2010 at 7:37 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
one per couple is what i am doing....

Mrs. Jacques
Married: 07/10/2010
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May 13, 2010 at 7:40 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I was wondering this too, I was thinking one per couple as well. I just started on my programs yesterday and I am at a loss with them.

Married: 09/04/2010
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May 13, 2010 at 7:42 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I was thinking one per person - but I plan to print my own.

He-Gives-Me-Butterflyz
Married: 09/17/2010
May 13, 2010 at 9:20 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I would suggest one per couple... I've been to many weddings where the majority of the programs are left behind. I guess it just depends on how much you want to spend/waste.

ladylee
Married: 06/05/2010
May 13, 2010 at 9:25 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I won't be offended if they are left behind afterwards b/c they really serve no purpose after the wedding is over. I just don't want to end up with a whole stack that was never passed to anyone.

He-Gives-Me-Butterflyz
Married: 09/17/2010
May 13, 2010 at 9:31 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I wouldn't be offended either. It just seems like a waste if they're left behind - a waste of your time, effort, energy and money.


This is from http://www.blueorchidblog.com/2008/11/pros-cons-to-wedding-programs.html --> *Plan for one program per couple and one per single guest. This will help stretch your budget a bit, reduce waste, and most people don't mind sharing. Be sure to let your hostesses or ushers know about these numbers so that they don't hand one to everybody and run out towards the end.*
May 13, 2010 at 10:12 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Ladylee, as a venue I see MANY leftover programs unless someone hands them to each guest they're often left on the sign-in table, and very few guests actually keep the programs. I vote for less is more (like 1/2 the # of guests you are expecting). Unless the ceremony is very long or detailed your guests know the drill and printing/preparing fewer programs will save you dollars to place elsewhere.
May 13, 2010 at 11:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
As I have pointed out recently, there are two parts to a program. The first part is the flow of the ceremony. Rarely do the guests need this.. They know there will be a processional, readings, message,vows, recessional; they also know there may be some other things, but once the ceremony starts, they are not going to follow teh print. So---this part isn't really needed UNLESS something needs to be printed for group participation, like a special prayer. The only other reason is if you want everyone to know the music titles.

If you feel guests don't need to know the flow/order, then you can just print the second part of the program which is the listing of the B&G, parents, attendants, and perhaps gparents or "in memory". This will save half the amount of paper and half the work.


Ana
Married: 08/21/2010
May 13, 2010 at 11:38 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We are doing one per guest.
May 13, 2010 at 11:44 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
As for number, if not printing for each, then do one per invited unit, with some extra for larger units (a unit would be M&M Smith, the Zad family, Uncle Fred). Ushers would distribute as they seat the guests, so they have control over how many are given. When inviting "the church", you may have to ask what's the norm. My guess is you will have 20, but, if they really like you guys, and they have nothing else to do that day, then surprise!!

Married: 06/12/2010
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May 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I was going to print 85 for our 100 person guest list. I know not everyone takes one, or couples will share, but I know I'm picky and like my OWN program, and it bugs me when people try to read off of mine. FH is reminded of this every Sunday...

ladylee
Married: 06/05/2010
May 14, 2010 at 12:47 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I am printing the names of the songs and printing a poem and some other stuff. I'm just going to do 200. I printed & cut the labels for the front tonight and I did enough for 200 so that's gonna be it. I will have hostesses who can hand the programs to guests. So I will instruct them to give only one per couple. As Beveryly pointed out, I don't really expect the majority of church members to come - especially since it's a half hour drive for most of them.
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