(Closed) Ceremony Programs

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m at work so I don’t have anything to show you! What kind of programs are you looking to make? We’re doing them DIY. Brown cardstock folded to make a little booklet. We’ll be printing the contents on beige paper, punching two holes in the paper & cardstock and tying it together with ribbon. The front has a flower stamp. I’ll try to remember to take pictures and post them!

Post # 5
15 posts

Do you have any idea of the type of programs you are interested in? Maybe I can help you come up with something you really like.

Post # 7
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


 For my programs, I started out looking at templates, but in the end, ventured into the wide world of Word and figured out on my own how to make everything that I wanted in them, to work for us.  Making these was pretty easy.  I figured out what I wanted to say, added some pictures to enhance what was said and make thing pretty, and then tweaked it until I got it to print out right for the book style programs I wanted to make.  To put them together, I used one 8.5×11 sheet of color construction paper on which I printed our monogram so that it could be used as the cover.  Once the pages were printed, I trimmed the edges so that I would have a border of the construction paper on all sides, folded all the pages and covers, and started gluing the inner cover page to the cover.  

After gluing the cover and inner cover pages together, I used a small size hole puncher to make 2 holes in each layer while folded.  To do this, I took the folded pages, lined up the hole puncher where I wanted it and so that the punch would look like just 1/2 the circle when folded.  That way when I opened the page, there were just the top and bottom circles right in the middle of the fold and would allow the programs to lay flatter when opened.  

Finally I took all the pages, lined up the holes and put the ribbon through them and tied a bow on the outside.  Because of the number of pages I chose to have and the way I set them up, the very last step I took was to glue the innermost blank sides of the page together, covering the inner ribbon and completing my programs.  🙂

It sounds like more work then it was… lol It took me about 1 night to do on my own.


26 DIY Programs GB more OH MY photo 126 DIY Programs GB more OH MY photo 2


You’ll notice that there are 2 colors of programs.  There is actually a very good reason for this.  The dark blue programs are in English, the light blue ones are in Dutch!  I figured this was a very easily visual way of getting the right program to the right person.  🙂

The inside pages (in order from 1st to last) in English:

26 DIY Programs GB more OH MY photo 3

26 DIY Programs GB more OH MY photo 4

26 DIY Programs GB more OH MY photo 5

26 DIY Programs GB more OH MY photo 6


And a sample in Dutch (the Dutch version contain all the pages show above – but translated of course – and they include the entire ceremony or at least a rough draft of it so that the not-so-English speakers can still follow the ceremony):

26 DIY Programs GB more OH MY photo 7

 As for what to say in them, it depends fully on you and what you want them to say!  We chose to have our wedding party members, a basic idea of the different parts of the ceremony, some requests (like turn off your cell phone and please don’t jump in front of the photographer, etc), a big thank you to both of our sets of parents and a thank you in general to everyone for coming.

Post # 9
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Thank you!  I’m glad to help!  🙂

Post # 10
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

For my programs I bought cardstock, and then just typed everything up on Word and they will end up to be half the page when done, front and back. They’re pretty simple, nothing like the marvelous work above!

Post # 11
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

For my programs I did fans…They were very well received and I got lots of compliments.  They were relatively easy to do.  This is the only photo I have of them but on the back is the list of our wedding party and people who played a role in our wedding. 

Post # 12
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m thinking about doing the diy fan programs they keep advertising the giveaway for here, from Cherish Paperie – http://cherishpaperie.com/diyfanprogram.  Ours would be white, and I’m thinking of doing these for the cover sheet.  It’ll work out to be around $2/each and it comes with a Word template. 

Post # 13
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Post # 14
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Mine are laid out this way, just on white cardstock, and I’m adding a coral bow to match our colors.  I designed them in Microsoft Publisher- I know you said you didn’t have any fancy programs, but many people have this, with Microsoft Office or Works.  If so, they have a whole program template. I have a friend who used just Word, too, on a DIY kit purchased at Michael’s. 

Anyway, here’s the gist:

Cover: ______ & ______
August 13, 2011


Inside Left: timeline of our relationship with little clipart, inspired by ones like these: http://www.google.com/imgres?q=timeline+of+relationship+in+wedding+program&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbm=isch&tbnid=NlajOf6zbTIH7M:&imgrefurl=http://www.weddingbycolor.com/shenll72/milestones/64400&docid=mCsQALf8VWZrsM&w=587&h=773&ei=EOo1TrrpDqHb0QHNrsTZCw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=384&vpy=243&dur=325&hovh=258&hovw=196&tx=125&ty=119&page=1&tbnh=131&tbnw=96&start=0&ndsp=31&ved=1t:429,r:18,s:0&biw=1280&bih=685


Inside Right: Ceremony info-

Officiant’s Name
Readings: Old Testament ________, read by _________, bride’s uncle

       New Testament ________, read by _________. groom’s uncle

Responsorial Psalms, “_______________________________________________”, read by ______________.  (The priest told us to include the response of what to say, so guests could participate)

Gospel: _________________________

(insert cute scrolly grapic here)
Thank you note to our parents and guests


Back Cover: Bridal party members-

Maid of Honor: _________________. (insert cute note about my sister)

Bridesmaids: ___________________ (note about how I know bridesmaid J)

           ___________________ (note about how I know bridesmaid S)

Best Man: _______________ (note about how Fi knows him)

Groomsmen: _____________ (note about how fi knows him)

  ______________ (note “…”)


I hope this helps!

Post # 15
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I bought blank folding cards.  They are 14″ x 5″ and fold into a 7″ x 5″ landscape card.

The front cover says: “Welcome to the wedding of <bride> & <groom> / <date> / <location>”

The inside has the wedding party listed on the left, and the actual program elements listed on the right.  It was a tight squeeze but we could have chosen a larger card.

The back has (1) thank you message to our parents (2) thank you message to our family & friends (3) “in memory” acknowledgement of my fiancé’s deceased father (4) our address.

Our save-the-dates and invitations were both printed on ivory/ecru paper in dark brown font.  The save-the-dates had a light sage green floral design, and the invitations had a soft mandarin orange floral design.  We found rubber stamps with similar designs, and inkpads with similar colors.  So, we will print the programs in dark brown font on ivory cardstock, and then stamp a colored design on the color to tie it in with our other stationery.  We’re using smaller stamps on the escort cards too.

I also just used MS Word and my home printer.  I used a cursive font for our names (including the bridal party) and the headers (e.g., the sections of the ceremony), and a block print font for the rest of the text.

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