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?