any ideas for diy wedding programs please tell me how to do them to thanks?

by DIY wedding planner on December 6, 2011

i wont to make my own programs i have overspent on budget any cheap ways to make them with style also need help with how to assemble them. thanks

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Me M December 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I helped my friend out with her wedding stuff, including her invatations. We went to a craft store (wal-mart, Micheals, Joanns, any will do) and we got their “DIY wedding invations” kit, it was about $15 and came with 50 invatations, envelopes, and 50 RSVPs & envelopes for them too. It had the CD for the computer, 50 transparent papers, and 50 eggshell colored backings (to go behind the transparent paper that gets printed on.) Then we got some cheep ribbin that was about 1/4inch in width that was the main color of her wedding and we put 2 hold punches on the tops of the invites, and laced the ribbions through. On the RSVPs we just used thoese return address lables, and we got 3 stamps: 1 with her initals, 1 with ther husbands, and 1 fun stamp that was wedding themed.

So in all:
$15 for invites & RSPVs
$3.99 for ribbion
$5.00 for 3 stamps and stamp pad.
Then the cost of postage stamps, for the invites, and return envelopes for the RSVPs.

Good luck, and congrats!


chattergurl1986 December 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Wedding programs are probably the easiest things to make.
find a program (just a cheap on in the store for image software that will allow you to do a brochure). Even microsoft works offers the abilities to do this.
You can import a picture to the top of the page of you guys or a clipart image of a church or something that is symbolic to you. And then Put in a little message below it, saying something like thank you for sharing our special day with us… maybe nclude wedding date, time place like your invitations on it… for scrapbookers. Just tinker with it until its perfect to you.
Then move to the inside and outline the wedding ceremony, and all of the people in it. Once again tinker until perfect,
You could also put the thanks on the back, maybe a quote or something on front.
You dont even have to buy really expensive diy papers for the programs itself, you can buy just nice looking papers, like resume paper or something.
Maybe tie a ribbon around one of the folds, or glue a little bow or flower on the programs to make it look more expensive and like something youd get done for you, adn your good to go.


Totie W December 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I know the feeling. We are trying to cut cost on our wedding as well. I decided to do our programs like a fan. I bought the wooden ice cream sticks (tongue depressors are better, they are a little bigger), postcard paper and ribbon to match. I printed our names, date and location on the front card and the officiant, wedding party and and a simple “thanks for sharing our special day” on the back. (front and back are two separate postcards) I also put the design from our invitations on there, but you can also put the initial of the last name. I took the two postcards, glued the sick inside at the bottom, used adhesive spray to glue the two postcards together and put a ribbon at the top. Really easy and inexpensive…I think over all it was about $10 for 100 fans. Not to mention, they double as a favor! Hope you have a wonderful day!


nova_queen_28 December 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I am planning to go to the office store and find tri-fold paper. The package will include instructions and usually the paper already has a nice print on it (like roses) that you don’t need to dress up any more.


Patty December 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

You don’t need anything fancy for your programs; understated elegance works best, especially if you tie it into your theme or color scheme.

Our program was multi-paged, as we included lyrics to songs we found meaningful (that were included on the CDs we gave out as favors). The basic components of a program are:
- wedding participants (who the people are and what role they have)
- ceremony (the order of events, such as processional, readings, lighting of unity candle, exchange of rings, etc.)
- a short paragraph or two thanking your families and friends for their help and support, etc
- another short paragraph or line honoring any special deceased family members like grandparents, etc.

Be sure to use high quality paper. has a great selection of paper that works well with regular home printers. And if you are going to have multiple pages, use a hole punch (you can get heart-shaped ones at craft stores if you want) and punch on the fold of the booklet. Tie a matching ribbon to hold them together and you’re done!

Contact me if you want me to email you a sample of my programs.

Good luck! :-)


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