Our wedding is getting closer and we’re rapidly tying up the loose ends and finishing all our projects. We’re still trying to take care of ourselves, too, and one way that we did that recently was to take a little break and grab some brunch with people some of you may know:
Mostly, though, we are in full-on wedding prep mode. There are a lot of ways to tell that we’re getting close to the wedding—the calendar, the seating chart, the stress level, the programs…the programs? Yes, the programs.
For me, at least, I associate programs with the final steps in wedding-day preparation. They outline the day and, in most cases, can’t be put together until all the little pieces have fallen into place. Like the rest of our paper suite, I designed our programs using a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop.
I knew that I wanted it to fit with the rest of our paper products, so we purchased the same blue paper for the outside, and the same gray as the pocketfold for the accent. Then I put the idea on the back-burner for over a year until all the puzzle pieces began to fit together.
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The first program I designed was pretty formal and neither Sparky nor I was very happy with it. The second design was the infamous Wolfpack design.
Image via WeddingWire
Sparky and I both liked the tone that this program achieved but, as Sparky pointed out, it was A LOT OF WORDS.
So that left me with the conundrum—how to convey the lighthearted tone in a way that wasn’t overwhelming?
This is the outside—imagine this folded in half as a booklet.
Both of us liked that this had the formal look but light tone. Win!
Now, for assembly.
Because I’m never one for making my own life easy, I wanted to get creative with how we put the program together.
Then I saw these and I was sold:
Image via Merriment Design
I asked BM Hot Buns (who, in addition to being a fabulous baker, is an amazing quilter) if she thought it would work and she said that it would.
So after I spent hours hand-feeding linen paper through our printer (which, really, is pretty worse for wear these days) Hot Buns, Cakewalk, Sparky, and I set up an assembly line and got to work.
Sparky made sure the inserts were centered in the booklet (which Cakewalk and I pre-folded) and handed them off to Hot Buns.
Doesn’t she look excited?
Using a gray thread that Sparky and I picked out, Hot Buns sewed the pages into the booklet.
Meanwhile, Cakewalk and I were taping the accent—a little something-something I had designed ages ago that Evolution Press letterpress-printed for us with our invitations.
Fun fact: It took longer to tape the backs than it took for Sparky and Hot Buns to hand us programs. Once the little accents were taped, Cakewalk and I adhered them to the programs.
When we were all finished, the programs looked like this:
I am thrilled with how they turned out and we were all surprised at how quickly the assembly went. (The printing took a long time, but, again, my printer is probably on its last legs between three years of graduate school and then wedding stuff.) I really hope our guests like them, too!
What did you do for programs?