(Closed) Program Help

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It’s really up to you what you want to include on your programs.  I did a google search to get some general ideas of what to include and then went from there.  I’ve read that with the songs – you either include all or none but it’s up to you whether you want to include them.

I’m doing VERY BASIC, inexpensive programs.  Two programs per page printed double sided on cardstock, cut in half and corner punched for some prettiness.  I just did them in Word.

Post # 4
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You could probably search for this and find a few topics already (I know there was another thread about it just a day or 2 ago), but I love sharing pictures of my DIY projects!  Here are mine:


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 to what I put in them (in case you can’t read them since the pics are *tiny*), we did a title page, followed by a requests page (things like turn off cell phones, no flash photography etc), then a spread with the ceremony order of events/timeline (with some quotes from each of us that we’d written about each other during our premarital counseling sessions), then a spread introducing our wedding party and other important people (and thanking them), and finally a page with a big thank you to both of our families for their love and support.

Post # 5
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I only put who was in the wedding, ect. I didn’t put the order of the ceremony or anything, I just wanted it pretty simple. It’s up to you though, becuase I have seen them really detailed or simple. Good luck!

Post # 6
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.

Post # 7
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Subscribing to this.I dont know what to put in mine either.

Post # 8
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Earlybride:  What things are most important to you about your ceremony?   Also are there any parts of your ceremony that you think might not be self explainatory to some/all of your guests?  Those are the things that I would definitely consider putting in the program.  You definitely don’t need to have as much as I put in – in fact you don’t NEED to have a program – but if you are choosing to have a program, then think about the stuff that you would like to pass on to your guests and anything that might need some explaining.  I’ve seen other brides do fun things like fun facts about the couple, how well do you know us quizes, crossword puzzles, etc.

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