DIY Wedding Programs??

by DIY wedding planner on December 7, 2011

Has anyone made their own programs using powerpoint?
Im just getting ready to start trying to create my own.
Does anyone have any pointers for me??
I’m not sure where to start!
Thank you in advance!

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noelbutterfly December 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

Are you printing them? If so PowerPoint is not the program you want to use. You will want to use a program like Word or if you have InDesign use that.

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Jamie S December 7, 2011 at 9:03 am

We made our own and I even tied ribbon on them. Not too difficult. We bought nice paper at staples and just copied the really nice, expensive ones out of the wedding books. We really personalized ours by putting a special thanks on the back. We thanked everyone in our wedding party with personal messages and our parents, and to each other.

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Myoozik December 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

My husband and I made our own invitations.
It can be overwhelming if you try to incorporate too many things, so try to find a good idea and then stick to it!

Answer a few questions to yourself first:
What are your wedding colors?
Is there a theme?
What are you favorite things (and your future spouse’s)?
Is the wedding formal?

For a nice background, try webshots.com (or even google) for some nice scenic pictures (or just pictures of anything that interests you both and goes with your wedding) and start there.

Choose fonts and colors that are easy to read against the background that you end up using. Contrast is the name of the game! Ex: do not use yellow font on a background with lots of light blue. Try to avoid the tiny scripting fonts, as they are difficult to read and may not print as nicely.

You can get creative with the invitation edges by purchasing scrap-booking scissors and perhaps cutting one edge of each invitation (or all the way around, depending on your overall idea).

If your wedding is a little more casual, you could consider gluing charms onto each inviation for a personal touch. Ex: if you have a beach theme, perhaps a little shell in different places on each, or maybe gluing some sand around the edges.

For a formal look, but still a little style, use a single hole punch to make holes along the top, or one side, of the invitation and string a matching ribbon through it.

For a nice touch to the envelope, you could purchase a wax and press for the back (like they did back in the day)! Choose the letter of your new last name, or something simple like a heart design, and whatever color wax goes with the color of your envelopes.

It all depends on how much time and effort you’re willing to put into it. If your bridesmaids (or even groomsmen) live in the same town and are willing to help, use them!

Hope this helps. :)

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Skatin' December 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

I hand-calligraphered mine so I don’t know how this would translate to Powerpoint, but one thing that I think came out nicely was that I put this part of our vows in a circle: “to love, honor and cherish” with “Our Wedding” in the center for the front of the program.

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Jennies December 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

I’m going to be making mine. I would suggest using Microsoft Word or InDesign (if you happen to have it, but chances are not) and using one of the templates that Microsoft has available online.

If you are doing a trifold, they should have some kind of trifold template that you could work off of and edit.

If you’re doing a bifold, you can just create two columns in word and then fold it in half when you’re completed. You’ll have to make two word docs. One for the outside cover and one for the inside. Make sure to practice on scrap paper first so you don’t use up all your good program paper.

I’ve used PowerPoint extensively and don’t see how you would be able to make programs with this unless you’re not folding the paper at all. The program is limited and doesn’t give you a whole lot of choices when printing.

Adobe InDesign is of course better than both of these but is an expensive product.

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D_ December 7, 2011 at 10:25 am

I would use Word or Publisher. My brother made ours. I don’t know what program he did it in.

My advice would be to keep it simple. No one will remember them too much anyway. We did ours with 3 panels (like a brochure). It was simple to do and looked classy.

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