Post # 1
So my fiance and I are having an East TN wedding that will be very much a destination wedding for the majority of my family, who live in Cleveland, OH. We are trying to stick with a small town, Southern charm kind of theme. Think daisies & hydrangeas & roses, burlap, lace, twine, even a few mason jars, sweet tea, et cetera. I say all of this to set up our theme and to establish why we want to do what we’re thinking of for programs.
So we were at a wedding this past week and we saw some beautiful programs. They were flat, one-sided cardstock but they were extra long and the font color matched the grey of the guys’ suits. Really really cute! But a friend of mine said something extra smart (at least, I think it is)–she said she thought they were adorable, but that her date couldn’t put fit it in his jacket pocket. I myself cringed as I had to fold it to stick it in my purse (it was too pretty to fold!!). So that made me rethink a long program.
So now my fiance and I have talked about doing a regular 8.5×11″ printer sheet (landscape) and creating a trifold program. We would do this using a textured ivory or off-white paper, and once the program is folded, we’d use twine to tie a simple bow around it.
What do you think of our idea? Were my concerns and my friend’s about the length just silly or do they have some merit?
Post # 3
Not sure how long those other programs were but keep in mind they’ll still be 8.5″ long as a trifold which I think is more than fine. I had a tri-fold and could fit in a lot of info in there. I had the cover, folded out for silhouettes of the bridal party and names of the family, the back had the ceremony with a little info on where to go after, and a thank you note to everyone. Here’s the bridesmaids holding it open, and I can’t find it but I’d seen one or two pictures of men with the program in their suit pocket, in pristine tri-fold condition!
Post # 5
@mrscash: I love your program! Did you DIY the design or did you order it?
Post # 6
Tri fold is fine, I don’t think you need to wrap twine around it. Maybe punch two holes and tie a twine or lace bow? But if they have to wrap twine around, they will have to throw it out, or on th floor.
Post # 7
@Miss Blue Whale: Thanks Miss Blue Whale! We created our stationary with my graphic designer friend Jess Taich who works out of San Fran and is super duper talented. Check out her blog with blog post on our wedding here: http://juneletters.squarespace.com/blog/2012/12/9/yana-alex-wedding-design.html
Post # 8
I think a trifold is a fine idea for a program just make sure to choose a lighter weight paper because card stock has really ugly creases unless you use a folding machine or run the back of an exacto blade over every crease (ugh time consuming)
Post # 9
Thank you for all of the tips and in put! I think I’m pretty convinced on a trifold now. The one at the wedding I visited was way longer than 8.5″, so I think that the standard 8.5″ will be fine for pockets and such.
I love your program, Mrs Cash! Super cute 🙂
Thanks for the help, bees!
Post # 10
FYI ours was normal cardstock and it folded just fine, with no special folding tools or anything. I made sure the folds were very sharp by putting the programs under piles of books to flatten them as much as possible. I’m not very nitpicky so I didn’t notice any weird creases and I don’t think guests will pay attention to something like that.
Oh hey here’s that pocket pic!