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

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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MrsWhitneyC2015:  Great find on the paper!!!  

 

I made our program in Word.  I have attempted many times to figure how I wanted to print them. I just hate spending that much on something most people will toss!  I finally decided I was going to print on regular printer paper at home then my sister got a quote for $88 to print them all (200 programs) on cardstock and fold them for us.  I think that is what we are going to do. It is basically a regualr sheet of paper printed on both sides, the double sided seemed to make it really expensive everywhere else.

 

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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mrsfiddlesticks:  thank you! I was torn between the tri fold and just folding the letter size paper in half, but then I realized that I wouldn’t be able to fit the readings if it was a single fold. 

 

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cookiebird:  I actually found it at Walmart first and it was cheaper there but Every. Single. Package. Was opened And kind of mangled. I may go back for a second pack. I’m really unsure of how many programs to print. We invited 210 and we have only heard back from about 70 so far. 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee

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anndck:  I made my programs and menus using Word. I purchased the font that matched my invitations. I bought a heavy textured card stock  (almost looked like linen) at a store that sells all kinds of paper (like a warehouse, not a fancy paper store!). I think it was $30 For a large package. I printed them on my printer 2 per page and cut them with a papercutter I borrowed. I had rubber stamps custom made on Etsy that matched the succulents on my invitations and  stamped them. The lady who made my invitations was at the wedding. She wanted $1-3 a piece for programs and menus. She was very impressed! She said if I had sent her the template she would have matched the succulents on the invitations to my programs and menus which should have saved time as I could have just printed them and been done but I’m not sure what she would have charged me.  I probably spent $50-60 total for 150 each of programs and menus. I had my mom and fiancé help me do the stamping, probably took us 2-3 hours total to make. I’m not artistic and they came out great. I think this is an easy DYI that def. saved money  

 

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Post # 19
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Helper bee

Glad to see this post as I prepare to print my programs tomorrow. I made mine on Word, basic font on Word, but I like it, double sided, so I’ll be folding them tomorrow. 

Front page

Inside cover, the list of ceremony events

Right page, list of bridal party and family

Back, a crossword puzzle I made online for free! It’s cute and will go with our games theme.

I thought it would be way too simple, but most people will throw away and I am on a budget:) I may print on lavender printer paper just to spruce things up!

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Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

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misspenny2010:  sounds like a great solution. Can you tell me more about the designer and their turn around time? 

Post # 21
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Busy bee

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FinallyHappening2015:  She did a turn around time of 24 hours but I paid the rush time. This is what i used. Very very happy with the results!

 

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I did mine on white cardstock. Nothing fancy, just printed them out 2 per page and cut them. I ended up comming home with more than half of them so if you ask me it was mostly a waste of time – I should have only made about 30-40 for my 85 person wedding. A pack of white cardstock was $2. I already had a printer, ink, paper cutter. 

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Post # 23
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Buzzing bee

I bought a program DIY set at Michaels. They give you a template in Word, and you print and put them together yourself. We’re putting the finishing touches on the wording now, and will print them next week. Seems easy so far!

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t have any pictures, but I bought a design off Etsy, started working with it in picmonkey (online editing, really easy to use, cute fonts), but ended up hating it and making my own (using picmonkey). Took it to a local printer (because I made these the day before we left for our wedding….) and they were printed, we cut them out and taped them all up using double sided tape to fan handles (fancy popsicle sticks). They turned out really well iny opinion, especially considering they were a last minute DIY.

Post # 25
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Wannabee

We did our own too, with office. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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anndck:  I made mine, after not being able to find something that was exactly what I wanted. I used Word to design the pages and printed the cover on a heavier cardstock with a border I bought at Staples. I printed the inside pages on thicker than normal paper in a matching ivory color. Then I tied everything together with a champagne ribbon. They turned out great, I think! Here are a couple of photos:

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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misspenny2010: Oh wow!  They are so beautiful!

 I had planned on doing the programs myself, but that didn’t work out, and at the time I reached out to you I was so despondent about the whole mess that I planned on using whatever Etsy store you shared.  But during my failed attempts Fiance took charge , contacted a friend and sorted out the programs.  We get them 4 days before we leave. So thankfull it worked out in the wash. 

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