Thursday, July 8, 2010

DIY Detail: Programs

I had a vision when it came to our programs. I knew I wanted a booklet style tied with ribbon, so it was just a matter of coming up with the template from there. I honestly had nothing to do with that part of it - My wonderful groom spent a whole evening designing our program inserts while I worked on other projects. 

We had our family members who had been offering to help with wedding stuff over about a week and a half before the wedding. We ordered pizza for everyone and then got down to business. We sat around the table and made an assembly line of cutting, folding, rounding corners, punching holes, threading/tying ribbon, and stamping the cover. We seriously could not have done it without all of the help. (At least at that point in wedding planning - if you start a month earlier, it would be do-able but not very fun.) Even with 8 of us, it took us a good 3-4 hours to make 175 of them.

But, even with that being said, I'd do it all again because I absolutely LOVED them. They were exactly what I'd envisioned (except maybe for the cover design, but I was still happy with it) and our guests must have liked them too because we only had about 10 left!

Ok, enough talk. Here they are!

Even before I was engaged I knew I wanted to include little notes to each member of our bridal party. All of them are incredibly important to us and as a guest, I always love reading personal touches like that in the program. David wrote his notes first, and I cried as he read every single one. They were so heartfelt and sweet!

I also knew I wanted to include the full text to "Union," the reading we had my aunt/godmother read. Every single line of it is SO true for us and for our relationship, I didn't want our guests to miss any of it. 

I put them all in a bin I'd bought several months before specifically for our programs (ha, at least I think ahead!) and admired our handiwork. Love. Them.

Were your programs a labor of love?


  1. so cute! and how great to have all those helpers :)

  2. Yours turned out great! We bought a kit from Michael's for ours but there were multiple pages that needed to be printed and then tied together so it took a while but I loved how they turned out. On the last page we had some thank you notes as well.

  3. These turned out so cute! Great job! I can't wait to make the programs, because I too want to add lots of personal touches. Good tip on using the willing family members! :-)

  4. I actually ordered my programs. The only DIY project I had for my wedding was making the escort cards and the boxes for our favors.

  5. What a sweet idea to write a little something for each member of the bridal party :)

  6. They look great! Luckily, I do not have to make programs...our church includes beautiful ones with our fee for getting married there, believe it or not! I do want to do something program-like for the info in our out-of-town bags, you think you could share the template you used? Thanks!

  7. They look wonderful and you obviously put a lot of time, thought and effort into them.

    I adored my programs! We only printed 100 of them (1 for each couple) and I had them custom designed by the same woman who made our invitations. She did a fabulous job and they were here signature 'fan' programs: 5 pages tied at the bottom with a ribbon so they all fanned out. They incorporated our colors and design graphics. We didn't list any readings (didn't have any) or scripture verses or anything like that on them. Though I did have her print the words to the song I walked down the aisle to on the back of the last page.

    I love that you wrote little notes to your bridal party.

  8. We used Union too- I Love it! Cute programs!

  9. It must have been so great to have so many helpers! The programs were the one thing I was completely anal about. I made about 40, one for each couple. They took me almost 60 hours to complete. They turned out so perfect and were definitely worth my blood, sweat, & tears!
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