Oh programs. So annoying. So left to last minute. So easily the bane of the day before the wedding. Here’s a tip. Get it done as early as you can. Try to make sure your music, your altar posse and your readings are confirmed early so you can print these out and get it done ASAP. It’s also a REALLY good idea to bring one to the rehearsal. It serves as a nice guideline for “what comes next” with a room full of people who are probably just thinking about dinner. 

Here are a few ideas for DIY Programs to get you started…

TRADITIONAL PROGRAMS

Photo Courtesy of The Knot.com

Photo Courtesy of The Knot.com

This specific set of instructions is from Caitlin & Mike’s Blue Ceremony Programs from The Knot

What You Need:
•  8 1/2″ x 11″ navy blue card stock
•  3″ x 3″ light blue invitation liner paper 
•  2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ white paper card stock printed with your monogram
•  20″ to 30″ light blue ribbon (about 1/4″ thick) 
•  *7 1/2″ x 10″ paper printed landscape-style with the ceremony info
      •  Mini hole puncher
 •  Glue or spray adhesive

How to Make Them:
•  Fold the sheet of navy blue card stock in half width-wise.
•  Glue the light blue paper square onto the middle of the folded navy blue card stock. Let dry.
•  Glue the monogram-printed white square on top of the recycled paper square. Let dry.
•  Fold the inner page(s) width-wise and tuck into the inside of the blue program cover so that the pages come together like a booklet.
•  Close the booklet with the pages still inside, and punch two holes exactly on the fold line and 2″ to 3″ away from the program’s top and bottom.
•  Open the booklet and loop the light blue ribbon through the holes. Close the booklet and tie a bow around the outside to bind it together.

* Tip: Don’t have 7 1/2″ x 10″ paper? Use an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet for the inner pages — just set the print area for 7 1/2″ x 10″ and then trim the edges after printing. Print pages 1 and 4 on one side and pages 2 and 3 on the other. 

 

 

“COOTIE CATCHER” Programs

 

Program "Cootie catchers" from Kat's Krafts (Etsy)

Program "Cootie catchers" from Kat's Krafts (Etsy)

 

I was chatting about days gone by with some of my girlfriends on the beach this weekend and we started talking about cootie catchers. You know that “foldy game” you played at the cafeteria tables at lunch or during recess on the playground. I actually don’t know if that’s what we used to call this, but it’s the one with colors and numbers and fortunes inside 🙂  “You will marry Michael Stiles.” False. (thank god)  Turns out there is a useful and practical way to incorporate this childhood game into your ceremony… programs. You can buy these (show above) from Kat’s Krafts, which have been featured on Brides.com and New York Weddings Summer 2009 issue. You can attempt to fashion your own, which might be a little more difficult with nice paper and printed ink instead of loose-leaf and a ball-point pen, but knock yourself out. If you give up, and prefer the best, go to Kat’s Krafts and shop around there. Her prices are: First 25 = $37.50 ($1.50 each), each additional up to 100 (add $1/each), each additional over 100 (add $.75/each). Prices are subject to orders though so go and look around.

 

PROGRAM POCKETS

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

The paper is from Paper Presentation. You’ll need ribbon and a rubber stamp to customize the pockets, but all you have to do is fold up the bottom of the pocket, secure with a adhesive, and place smaller cards (print on a computer in sheets if need be) into the pocket. Loop colored ribbon through the top and hang.

 

BOW PROGRAMS

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

To Make:
To make these programs (one letter-size sheet yields two programs), arrange your text horizontally on the page in landscape mode over four columns. Cut the sheet in half, wrap a 10-by-7/8-inch band around the center, and tape in back. Bend the ends of each program toward the center and tuck them under the band, making sure they overlap slightly.

 

LUGGAGE TAG PROGRAMS

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Perfect for the traveling couple. This program is put together to resemble a bundle of luggage tags.

To Make:

1. Six “tags” can be printed on a sheet of thick 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper. Choose an ink color that coordinates with the paper for the covers. Print your program text onto the paper, along with cut lines that divide the sheet into six rectangles; then cut out rectangles.

2. Make a tag template from sturdy paper to use as a guide in trimming each rectangle: Cut the top two corners using scalloped shears. Punch a hole in the top of each page; add a hole reinforcer over each hole.

3. For covers, glue patterned paper to plain, and cut into the same shape; add a hole reinforcer. Tie the bundle of tags together with twine, yarn, or embroidery thread.

 

And when all else fails…


DOWNLOADABLE  PROGRAM TEMPLATES

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Customize your programs right at home. Choose from different motifs, and three different shades: orange, aqua or gray.  If you want to add more visual punch, we suggest you experiment with the paper color. MSW chose paper in a range of soft, complimentary hues like peach, coral, and pale sage for a palette that’s at once soothing and arresting.

To Make:
Type in your wedding date, print on letter-size paper or card stock, fold in half, and bind with rayon cords.

Printable Directions
Template in Black
Template in Gray

 

It’s easy to get stuck in the rut of scripty scrolly text, but play with the details of your program so that they are very “you.” Change up the type using fun fonts like typewriter settings (Courier) or use two different patterned ribbons with similar color themes  that compliment each other or Use stylized paper cutters to add flair to plain square programs/ (See Below)

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

 

For more ideas check out 25 Perfect Programs on Martha Stewart Weddings. She wins in the DIY Program category.

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