I decided to show y’all all the details of our programs since some of you were asking. They were definitely one of the most involved projects I took on, but probably the one I was most proud of.
I started by scoping out other people’s programs to see what they included in their programs. I love you Google search! When researching I fell in love with two types of programs: the booklet and the fan. So what’s an over-achieving DIY addict to do? Combine both ideas, of course!
I started with blue and yellow card stock. I cut them to size and used a crease-r to make the program cover.
Then I decided to punch a little lace detail in the four corners of the cover.
Using Paint.net, I designed and printed a cover for our programs that simply included our names and the date of our wedding. On the back I attached a small paragraph remembering our grandparents that wouldn’t be with us, the Tears of Joy packets I showed y’all a long time ago and a popsicle stick to create the fan.
Then I worked on the content of the program booklet. I knew I wanted to include a list of bridesmaids and groomsmen, the ceremony run-down, rituals we were including and our vows. I decided to use tables in Microsoft Word to design each page. Here’s what the pages look like:
I know it’s kind of an overload of information but I figured it’d give our guests something to read while they were waiting for the ceremony to begin. I had to print the pages on both sides of the paper which was a little tricky, and then I headed to Office Depot to make mass copies.
Here’s where my helpers came in. I decided to use yellow and blue embroidery floss to bind the booklets. (Thanks Mom and Sarah!) And then we also added a little ribbon tied around each popsicle stick. Mr. P contributed by mixing us some of his famous Mexican martinis!
I also needed to find a way to keep the booklets shut so that guests could use the program as a fan without the pages flapping around. I found the perfect solution! You know that sticky stuff they use to stick credit cards to letters in the mail? Well apparently then sell rolls of it in the scrapbooking section at craft stores. They’re called Zots!
They worked perfectly to keep the programs shut when fanning and could easily be peeled off when it came time to read the programs. And voila: programs finished!
Last three photos courtesy of Nathan Russell!