DIY Countdown: Menu, Programme and Photobooth Tickets

In one big effort, thanks to some help from a few faithful friends, we managed to finish our menu/programmes in 2 nights (it took 2 because we ran out of ink on the first night, which is pretty impressive on the whole, I think).

(if you look closely you will see one lone packet of Milano cookies, brought back for me by one of Mr Lightning’s friends – you have no idea how hard it is to ration these things)

With a ceremony to be held in the middle of our reception venue, we decided to combine the menu and programme into one package of information. Only vital information was included, as at this stage we didn’t want to have to go and buy more paper. The end result is small and sweet and should fit nicely on a napkin. Each card is slightly smaller than the next so that it reads like an index. Also, in case you should ask, “program” is commonly spelled “programme” here in South Africa, and we thought it suited the set better.

(if you have a read through the menu you will see the very delicious Medallion of Beef with Chili-Chocolate. This will be my meal of choice and I highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it before – I promise it is quite a remarkable combination)

In addition to the menu/programme, we made our photobooth tickets. Opting for vellum paper for this project, the final product was very pleasing and if we have more time we’d like to make some to put in a jar alongside the booth (for effect, of course). 😉

What are you looking forward to eating most at your reception?


Mrs. Lightning

Cape Town
Wedding Date:
September 2009
Let's Light It Up!
I Heart Ranunculus
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    Gilneas 1393 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:19 pm

    I love those tickets!!

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    aliangel64 139 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:22 pm

    I love how the tickets look printed on vellum!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 2:22 pm

    I love the tickets! You got a lot of stuff done. Everything looks great. :)

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    firemuffy 204 posts, Helper bee @ 2:23 pm

    The tickets are really cute! Did you print a whole bunch on one sheet and then cut them up? I think its a nifty idea.

    I can’t wait to have the fried squid at my wedding 😀

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    nicrob007 119 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:25 pm

    Your programmes turned out great. By the way, where did you buy your vellum paper from? Im based in CT and are searching for some too.

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    nicrob007 119 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:26 pm

    Your programmes turned out great! By the way, where did you buy your vellum paper from? Im based in CT and am searching for some too.

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 2:26 pm

    your paper products are really great! i love your fonts’ combination and how everything ties up so well

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    KellyV 2520 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:30 pm

    LOVE the tickets! If I werent so close (and didnt still have 1000 things to cut out) Id totally borrow your idea! The chili chocolate beef sounds yummy…I need to try it, I keep hearing about it! Im most excited for our Maryland Crab Cakes…its my recipe that the chef agreed to use! Yummmmmmmmmm

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    AmberWaves 326 posts, Helper bee @ 2:34 pm

    I’m getting hitched in Hawaii, so I’m looking forward to eating the Kalua Pig the most. So good!

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    Miss Yap 774 posts, Busy bee @ 2:35 pm

    Wow. Amazing!

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:42 pm

    Big fan of the tickets! They’re so fun – vellum was the perfect decision for them!

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    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:42 pm

    OMG this is so cute!! Great job

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    nixie 19 posts, Newbee @ 2:43 pm

    I love the tickets. could you share the file with us??

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:52 pm

    i love all of your details miss lightning! i think they’re amazing!

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    lightning 135 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:00 pm

    @nicrob007: Any paper store carries it, I got mine at the paper shop at Canal Walk :)

    @nixie: I’d be happy to share, will see if I can get it uploaded.

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    Autumn, Guest @ 3:00 pm

    Everything ties in together so nicely! I love those vellum tickets.

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    mary-alice-me 1864 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:09 pm

    I love the “light me” tag, too. That all looks incredible!

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:25 pm

    loving all the details :) specially the tickets, so cute!

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    MeaghanH 78 posts, Worker bee @ 3:34 pm

    i love the photobooth tickets. if i can talk the FI into getting a photobooth, i’m totally stealing this idea.

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    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 4:14 pm

    I just have to say that I am absolutely smitten with all your paper products!

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    DarlingNikki586 175 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:28 pm

    I have to tell you that I am absolutely in love with your wedding style! I love love love it!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:34 pm

    Love those photo booth tickets!!

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    Allie, Guest @ 4:41 pm

    Can you email me or post your Templete for the “Light Me” for the Sparklers?

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    ladybuglove 740 posts, Busy bee @ 11:31 pm

    love it!!! especially the tickets! you’ve done a fabulous job on everything!

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    Lauren611 53 posts, Worker bee @ 12:22 am

    The tickets are so great! What a great way to make sure your guests remember to use it!

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:21 am

    I love all your posts!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5768 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:28 am

    The little tickets are adorable! So are the guests getting the menu/program before the ceremony?

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:59 am

    Wow – thta was a well-used two nights :) I really love how the little tickets are printed on the vellum, it makes them stand out a little from the rest of the packet of papers.

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:29 am

    Everything looks great!!!! I love the tickets. :)

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    A2 14 posts, Newbee @ 11:33 pm

    Your programs and menu etc are so classy and artsy. Love em! Would you share how you made your photobooth tickets? Is there a template online I could use? I have attempted it twice and failed =( Great job!

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    kayelleh 14 posts, Newbee @ 2:32 pm

    do you still have the template for the photobooth ticket? i love the idea but cannot seem to find a good ticket template…

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    Nicole Karabetsos, Guest @ 10:41 am

    I absolutely love the tickets. I know it’s been awhile, but by chance, do you still have the template for them. I can’t seem to find it on here.

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