(Closed) DIY wedding programs…whose done 'em?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I made mine! I designed them in Microsoft Publisher, and I printed them at Staples using carstock from Cards & Pockets. Printed 2 per 8.5×11 sheet. Cut them in half with a papercutter, rounded the edges, and glued them together with a popsicle stick inbetween.

The front had funny info on it, and the back had a cute Dr. Seuss quote. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I did! I ordered a template on Etsy and used Open Office. I’m not great with computers and struggled a bit, but after figuring it out, they really looked beautiful.

Having said that, by the time I printed them on the nice heavy stock paper (two-sided, color) at Staples, and hand cut them to size myself (they were simple tea length programs), it was not only a lot of effort, but we barely saved any money. It cost just over $100 and about 8 hours of my time to complete 150 programs that were basically just double sided paper. If I could do it over, I’d probably just use Zazzle or VistaPrint and save all the hassle. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I made my own as well. I just used Microsoft Word (with lots of text boxes) and digital images I purchased on Etsy. I printed them using our personal color printer on cardstock from Hobby Lobby (two per page) and them matted them on cardstock purchased at Hobby Lobby. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I just did mine.

For $20 you can have a graffic designer on Etsy create your program and send it in a PDF file. I took mine to Office Depot and it is going to be less than $100! Save myself the time of designing it my own!

 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Completely agree with 

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alinyc: about them not being worth it! It was so much work, and then half of mine didnt stick all the way and were starting to come apart. If you want it to look EXACTLY how you picture, then you need to do it yourself. If you are okay with other options, then pay for it while you are still sane.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m doing them myself (this week, actually). I am a church admin, so I make church programs for a living.  We’re doing a sheet of nice parchment-style paper on the outside, with “Welcome to the wedding of _____ and _____ in a classy font using our wedding colours, as well as the date and location of the event. Then I’m doing a second sheet of regular paper on the inside, which has the bridal party and the order of service inside. My sisters are arriving in a few days and they’re going to help me staple these like a booklet and fold them all.

Several other couples from our church have done booklets like these, and I let them borrow our extended stapler to put them together. The printing costs at the church are pretty low, so we just ask for a donation to cover the paper/printing costs. Mine will cost $20 in printing for 200.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015 - Family Farm

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anndck:  Microsoft word and clip art. I did download a font. Just picked up cream cardstock from the craft store. I didn’t use a template. Just made 2 columns and printed fron and back then had my DH cut them at his office because they have one of those big paper cutters. But so does kinkos so that can be done anywhere. Made 85 and it MAYBE cost me $10 plus my time.

 

 

 

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Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I did mine! They are fan programs and I did them in Illustrator. I bought paper online at paperandmore.com and had them printed at FedEx Office. I did the cutting myself. If you are OK with reguaar cardstock, you can use whatever paper the printing place has. Office Depot/Office Max may have been cheaper, but I did my invites at FedEx, and wanted all the colors to match. First two pics are the program, the other is menus, this was just the photo I had handy.

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Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Yep, we made them. We just printed it on regular printer paper. When I usually go to an event, the program gets crumpled in my hands because I absentmindedly play with them. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time and money on something that was just going to get thrown out.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I did my own. They were a little complicated (because of how I desgined them) but had them printed at FedEx Kinkos and it worked out great!

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Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I made my own (pretty basic) template using open office, but I’m going to rearrange it into a tri fold rather than a zig zag fold. I have some stuff to add and rearrange yet but this was my first draft. 

And I am going to print them on our home printer on this shimmery paper that I found at Staples. 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I designed my programs myself. I bought fonts online, used Microsoft Word, and designed a couple of small logos myself.

I had them printed by Vistaprint. I used the 6×9 verticle flat invitations.

Photo courtesy of Bethany and Dan Photography. All Rights Reserved. http://www.bethanydan.com

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I did this in Excel. I had a hard time with Word being able to layer the graphics. (The chalkboard background and flowers are a separate layer.) Excel let me move things around a bit. I had them printed at a local print shop for about $150 – saved me tons over what I would have paid and got exactly what I wanted.

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