“If you want to save money,” said our officiant, Sandy Queen, at our first meeting with her, “skip the programs. No one takes them, and no one reads them.”
It was sound advice—and a knife in the back. Creating our programs had been something I wanted to do from the beginning. I wanted them to be personal. I wanted them to be about us and our friends and family. I wanted them to be both reflective and funny.
So despite the very good advice, I made them anyway. Mr. Puffer helped with content and assembly, but of all our projects, this was the one I spent the most time on and the one that was closest to my heart.
The Greeting and the Remembrance
I worked with the talented graphic designer who created our invitation suite. She knocked this one out of the park, in my opinion. The design, meant to tie in with our invitation and CD favors, was spot on.
Our “Greetings from the Couple” section thanked guests for attending and recognized our wedding party and our guests.
Our programs were jam-packed enough to warrant breaking up into a couple posts. In the previous post I shared how we welcomed our guests and a little bit about how the programs were put together.
Here I’ll show more of the little details we added to make our programs more than just a guide to the ceremony, but also a guide to the couple and our families.
Guests holding our programs after the ceremony
Guide to Symbols and Rituals
Almost all of our guests had never seen the Filipino coin, cord, and veil rituals that I discussed in a past post. Rather than just going through the motions, we used a page in the program just to highlight how we were incorporating the rituals and how they were different. Because they weren’t exactly traditional, I didn’t want our guests coming away with a certain idea of how it was supposed to be done.
Hello, hive! Now that we’ve returned from our honeymoon and settled back into real life, it’s time to shift this tractor into reverse and share some of what went down in the weeks leading up to our big day. I have a few last minute DIYs and life events (e.g., the conclusion of my journey toward Judaism) to share with you while we are still anxiously awaiting our professional photos and video!
One important project was our wedding programs. I’ve spoken a lot about how we’re incorporating many elements of a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony that are unfamiliar to many of our guests, so in order to educate our guests and allow them to feel more comfortable, we wanted a program that fully explained what to expect.
I designed a relatively simple program booklet in Photoshop, but you could pretty easily use Word or any other software. I used the same fonts from our invitation suite and the botanical graphic from our envelope liners. The inside pages were printed on a very light pink parchment-style paper, and the covers were a slightly heavier white cover stock. As with our invitations, we printed everything on our home printer, and tied it up with black and white baker’s twine. I had originally wanted to replicate the watercolor design that we used on our invitations, but the printer wasn’t cooperating and there was only about a week and a half left before the wedding, so I said eff it and went with a simpler black and white design instead. Last minute projects are never perfect, people! … read more
Thanks so much for all the positive comments about our newspaper programs, hive!
I’m wrapping up this segment by featuring our infographic. The infographic already made a cameo appearance in my post about the middle of our newspaper programs, but I thought this part of the program deserved its own post because it is potentially applicable to any kind of wedding program.
Crab bridal-party infographic in action / Personal image
I laid out most of the newspaper program using extremely rudimentary tactics in Paint and PowerPoint, but I knew the infographic was going to be out of my design depth. I hired our graphic designer, Patty, to lay out the infographic using the content I provided.
In my last post, I revealed the front and back pages of our newspaper programs, but that was only half the story! The front and back pages contained our most newspaper-y elements, but, of course, we wanted it to be a functioning and useful wedding program—so we needed to include those elements as well. The middle spread of our wedding day newspaper was a mix of newspaper and program features.
When our guests opened the paper this is what they saw:
Please excuse jaunty iPhone photo / Personal Photo
In my last post, I noted that the inspiration newspaper program was really more of a traditional program with a “front page” style cover. We were hoping to incorporate more newspaper-y elements into our program. I knew the “program” elements would go in the middle spread (pages 2 & 3), that we would have an “article” on the front page, and that I wanted to incorporate a crossword puzzle somewhere, but other than that I wasn’t quite sure what else to include.
Thankfully, I live with a bona fide newspaper expert. I turned to Mr. Crab for help, and with his seasoned eye we were able to come up with an awesome layout. In addition to loving how they turned out, I adore our little newspapers because Mr. Crab and I had so much fun creating the content for them together.
We started with the masthead. Mr. Crab was inspired by the masthead of the old Philadelphia Evening Bulletin (a newspaper that went out of print the year we were born).
They used to have a Sunday Edition called The Sunday Bulletin (a perfect name for our Sunday wedding). Looks like there was some inflation from the eight-cent price on the original paper. (Despite the printed price, ours were free, of course.)
It only seems appropriate that I should follow up my simplest wedding DIY with a post about what turned out to be our most complicated wedding project: our newspaper wedding programs.
Wedding programs seem to be one of those projects that tend to get left to the last minute and often materialize as simple folded pieces of paper that 100% get the job done and, in many cases, look beautiful doing it. Case in point, remember these beauts from the Squid wedding:
Simple and elegant—I’m still verklempt over the gold streak. / Image Credit: Mrs. Squid
Pretty early in our engagement, I was struck by program inspiration that added some complexity to our wedding programs. There were two inspiration pictures, in particular, that I just couldn’t shake.
You may recall in a last post I was whining inquiring on whether or not I should do a program for the ceremony. Well, after some mulling, talks with Mr. Big, and a quick assemblage of text types in Photoshop, I decided that the program was a goer.
So what did I choose?
Well, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:
Personal image. Names blurred to protect the innocent.
I’ve been agonising over this for a while, and I know it’s silly, but guys…
Do I make wedding programs for our guests?
I know I want people to know who our bridal party is, and I’d like to give some information to our guests, especially as there will be some things that aren’t “standard” at both ceremonies (heck, one ceremony is beyond standard for half of the wedding guests), but”¦I don’t want to waste the money and time designing and printing programs with the knowledge that it’s going to be thrown away.
I guess the same can be said about our invitations.
I think the thing that bothers me the most about programs is the fact that you have to be succinct about the information you give, but we’ll have a lot happening, and I don’t know if it’s entirely possible.
Granted, I’ve seen some gorgeous wedding programs, and they make me think I should do programs, but I don’t know, hive.
The two I’ve been tossing up are the double sided rack card wedding programs: