Making your programs vs. purchasing

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Did you make your own programs or have them professionally printed?
    Made my own : (24 votes)
    96 %
    Had them professionally done : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    2962 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I checked and Davids Bridal for programs to be made. Since the bridal shower invites my mom and I made were a DIY failure we were short on time for failure with the programs and decided to get them done by someone else. I wanted fan programs.

    Post # 4
    8388 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @beth2507:  I made my own out of leftover scraps from my invites.  Honestly, if I had to pay for them, I wouldn’t have done it.  I designed, print, cut and assembled everything at home, so they were free.

    Post # 5
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I got mine on Etsy. I had considered making my own, but I just got frustrated and lazy.

    Post # 6
    428 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I ordered double the number of invitations and just printed up the programs on the leftovers. It was super easy. I used InDesign, but it could have just as easily have been done in MS Word with a few more allowed for test printing.

    Post # 7
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I made my own and I’m glad I did because our DOC forgot to set them out.  I would have been more upset had I spent a lot of money on them.

    Post # 8
    1869 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    i printed mine on vistaprint using a.similar template as our invite…. it wasn’t very expensive, it was the loik i wanted and the design was pretty easy (just changed the text from the invite wording to program info)

    Post # 9
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I made mine (project with DH and I) – they were the “fan” programs. They were the most expensive project I did (including card box, lift ticket escot cards, etc.) and it took a ton of time and was the most frustrating project. I suppose it was worth it because it was hot and everybody was using them…. but I wouldn’t do it again.

    Post # 10
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’m printing my own, from work actually (shhh), so they’ll be 100% free. BUT, they’re very, um, non traditional to say the least. I totally swiped the idea from another wedding site because they were just sooo us. They’re one of my favorite things to debut to my guests.

    Post # 11
    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014


                        I found a template for a funny program and my fiance recreated it and made it into our own. We are printing them ourselves. I can’t justify spending money on printed fancy looking programs  when 9 times outta 10 around here they end up in the garbage. Its just something for our guests to read and laugh at while waiting for the ceremony to start. 

    Post # 12
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I desinged ours using Word and we had them printed/cut at Kinko’s.  Then, I bought a monogram stamp with our last initial at the Paper Source and stamped the top of each one.  I used some photos of programs from here and Pinterest as inspiration.  Each program was half a page, printed front and back.  I think they turned out great!

    Post # 13
    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I designed ours in publisher and had them printed at Office Depot.  Spent maybe $60 on paper and printing $100.  We had a very informal wedding.  Here is what ours looked like:

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