Post # 1
So, I had this wild idea to do our wedding programs ourselves. We want to include them at the ceremony so our guests will be able to know the party etc. We were originally not going to do them. However, we have a large party consisting of friends, siblings, military commrades, etc. So, we need a program! haha. Has anyone done this? Have pictures? Advice? I still am not 100% sure. I want something classy but yet it’s own unique style. Our colors are eggplant and latte. I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much!
Post # 3
If you do a search on here for wedding programs you’ll find a ton of ideas.
Our wedding will be somewhat informal and I really am the type that I don’t feel like we need to make anything super fancy for the program.
I’m making a very straightforward program on linen cardstock, and I can make 3 per page. They’ll be 3.5″ wide by 8.5″ tall with rounded corners, a simple monogram at the top with our names, and I might add a ribbon onto the top.
On the front will be the order of the ceremony so the guests can follow along: Processional, Presentation of the Bride, Officiant’s Welcome, Recognition of Family, Officiant’s Address, Reading, Vows and Exchange of Rings (with song being sung by family member), Lighting of the Unity Candle, Pronouncement of the Couple, Recessional
On the back will be the list of the wedding party and our parents.
Sorry I don’t have a picture right now, I did my mock-up example but it’s at home.
Post # 4
I just finished doing my own programs. To be totally honest I’m mentally putting them in the “wow these are pretty but totally not worth the effort for how long they’ll be used” pile… but there are easier ways to do them than what I did. Basically what I did was get 11×17 paper and design the programs so that they would fold accordian-style into 4 panels that were each 5.5 inches tall by 4.25 inches wide (two per 11×17 page). Then I did front and back covers out of pearlescent blue cardstock and attached our names to the front. I think they turned out really pretty, but they took for-ev-er. I’ll attach pics. If you want more detailed instructions just pm me.
Post # 5
My co-worker and sister did something like this, which I absolutely love so I might be doing this for my programs as well. But my colors will be different of course.
This is all handmade paper she bought from papersource.
She just typed up her own wording on Word and printed them out herself. They turned out soo pretty!
Post # 6
I made our own programs and it really wasnt that bad. I loved our programs because they doubled as fans and since it was so hot on our wedding day our guests used them during our ceremony! I included the names of our parents, bridal party and the order of the ceremony (including the songs) on the back and on the front I had our names, wedding date, officiants name and musicians name (all were close friends)
Post # 7
@PitBulLover: we made programs like yours for my brother’s wedding this summer and they were a huge hit (and hugely helpful!)
Post # 8
You can’t really see them in this pic, but there are my DIY programs. I made a flip program w/ about 5 pages and a cover. I punched a small hole and had an eyelit which allowed them to flip in the corner.
They were easy peasy! And although not needed, I still loved them!
Post # 9
@angelica3025: WOW those are gorgeous. I’ll probably do something simple, but I would do those in a heartbeat if I had time!
Post # 10
@CorgiTales: they were so easy to make – I think I was really proud of myself afterwards, especially because they matched our invitations so people thought they were professionally made!
Post # 11
I did my programs, and they were pretty easy. I really did them because I wanted to make sure that any of my Dutch guests would have a translation of the ceremony since I knew there were a few that don’t speak/understand much if any English. Then my mom said that she’d really like one, so I ended up doing both an English and a Dutch version. lol Here’s my thread about them in the DIY section:
Post # 12
Seriously……YOU BEES ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!! Last night I COULD NOT sleep fretting over this! I was thinking how bad of a bride I am to let this stuff go considering I’m getting married in 4 months! BUT, I am that busy. To me, the man thing is marrying that amazing man I call my best friend, soul mate, and true companion. I have my dress, my girls, my boys, and my beau. What else do I need. LOL. Flowers are done (well florist will be soon), cake is done, topper, etc. Church, reception hall, etc. Invitations will be ordered on Monday of next week.
YOU GUYS ARE SO TALENTED AND GREAT! I can’t thank you enough for SHARING your programs. I LOVE each and every ONE of them! IT’s going to be hard for me to choose what to do! I especially love the colorful display from angelica3025!
PitbulLover- I am leaning towards fans as well since it will be may in WI. It can either be 95F or 50F LOL! Hahah. What a beautiful program! Thanks again BEES! YOu’re the best!
Post # 13
I’ve gone super-simple on mine. I designed them in Microsoft Word ’07, and they look simple and elegant. The one major difference I chose was to fold them “hotdog” style, rather than “hamburger” style, so they’re long and sleek! We’ll only need about 80 of them, so I’m even planning to print them myself at home (the Kodak printers are GREAT, looks good and the ink is inexpensive!) on a cream-colored paper.
I love the fans though, what a fun idea!
Post # 14
@PitBulLover: Would you mind telling me what size paper you used for these? I wanted to do min this way but when I put the paper onto the craft stick in my test run, it just looked weird. So I’m thinking the paper size is the issue. Anyway, any advice is appreciated.