(Closed) Ideas for simple, inexpensive wedding programs, anyone?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
139 posts
Blushing bee

I haven’t gotten to this planning part yet but I’ve read of people using something like vistaprint’s long cards that are used for marketing materials. It’s cheap and easily customizable. 

Post # 3
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider

I’m doing chalkboards – one for the ceremony, and one for the dinner/bar menu. I can DIY them for about $35, but printing paper individually for guests would cost at least 3x that.

you could order graphics off of Etsy (pick an artist you like), print them off, and then frame them, if you don’t like the chalkboard look.

consider having programs included on your wedding website. no cost to print!

cork board might work, too – find and frame two. on the first, put photos of your party, and label them. include details about the ceremony underneath. on the second, write up a regular menu, and post it, just like you’d find outside a restaurant.


hope this helps!

Post # 4
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We did the chalkboard thing (2×3 for the program, 3×4 for the seating chart, and 11x14s for the bar and photo booth). They were a HUGE hit. Guests loved them, they were cheap to do, and we saved a pile of paper from being left behind and tossed at the end of the night. We also did one foil-stamped, double-sided menu per table, on tall table number stands integrated with the centerpieces. Grabbing 15 of them from Minted gave us the personalized paper impact without having to put a copy at every seat.

Sadly I don’t have a shot of the program on its easel, but here it is just after I finished it:


And the seating chart:

Post # 6
1219 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

For our order of service I did a Word doc and then did booklet printing (at work, ssshh!) Instead of stapling, my Mum sewed them together. Total cost – almost nothing.

Post # 7
2013 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I typed mine up in Word with a pretty font and printed them on thick textured craft paper. Total expense was maybe $15 for paper and ink? The worst part was having to cut them all, but having a paper trimmer helped. They certainly weren’t fancy, but they got the job done.


Post # 8
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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SmileDr5:  I want to do a chaulk board program also!  I think it is silly to print off a ton of programs that end up in the trash. Fiance really wants them, so I was thinking of printing something off and attaching them to the fans that we have for people since its an outdoor wedding.

Post # 9
1386 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I bought a template I loved off Etsy – downloaded and customized. Spent probably less than $20 on two sided fan programs. 

Post # 10
1066 posts
Bumble bee

I used microsoft publisher to make my own that coordinated with my other paper goods (combination of professional design/printing and DIY) and then had them printed at office depot for about $40. I could have printed them at home but I was so done with extra projects at that point that the thought of wrangling my deskjet into printing 75 sheets on heavy cardstock sounded like a nightmare. Totally worth it. Total cost was probably $60 since I folded the 8.5×11 sheets in half and wrapped them around a wooden stick that was attached with double stick tape to make fans.

Post # 11
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I just used a template from Word for a booklet and fiddled around with it to get it how I wanted it (and I’m no designer!).  It was very easy!  I looked online at some wedding programs just to make sure I had things in the right order and that I wasn’t forgetting anything.  

I printed out one copy and then made copies at Kinko’s – it was just black type but I bought some really pretty fancy paper (on clearance!!!) at Papersource.  I think the whole shebang cost me less than $30.  Each program was just one 8 1/2×11 piece of paper that I folded in half.

Post # 12
265 posts
Helper bee

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Post # 13
3035 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I just typed mine up on the computer and printed them. Cardstock was $2. 

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