Remember how I said I wanted simple programs? I lied. I kind of got a little program happy, and instead of a small, simple sheet like this:
…I ended up with a big ol’ booklet program. I made a list of all the information I wanted to include in the program, and realized that in order to keep it to one sheet of paper I was going to have to shorten it A LOT. I didn’t really want to take anything out, so I just ran with it…
Okay, so what went into the program?
First there’s the cover that welcomes our guests to our wedding ceremony. You’ll notice that my monogram made yet another appearance here. I fought with the cover for a bit and ended up with a few different designs:
Some covers that didn’t make the cut.
Until I finally settled on something I really loved:
The first page is just a little quote I found.
Sidenote: I searched high and low for a few appropriate quotes to include in our program that weren’t too long or too mushy-gushy (aka not us). This was one of the few that made me giggle every time I read it.
“Love is when you break a cookie in half, but you let the other person have the bigger piece.”
When you open the booklet you’ve got the full meat of the program.
The left hand side lists the order of events, and right hand side introduces the wedding party (sorry for all of the blanking out, gotta keep my VIPs private!).
On the back page I included a little note about our wine box ceremony. Our officiant will explain it in greater detail during the ceremony, but it’s a unique tradition—especially in my family where the unity candle is the norm—and we thought it would be nice to share some information about it. We also included a small thank you to our guests for sharing this day with us, and our parents for their support along the way.
Finally, I managed to find one last quote that didn’t make us want to vomit and slapped it on the back. The program itself is just two 8.5×11 pieces of paper folded in half and bound with some white thread:
I already had all the paper in my possession, as well as the white thread to bind the pages together, so all this really cost me was some printer ink and just a wee bit of my sanity when it came to the design and assembly. And there you have it! My simple-yet-not-so-simple programs.
Are you designing your own wedding programs? What kind of information are you including?