Our wedding programs were one of the easiest DIYs to make. My intention was to make something simple with a twist, something I could easily churn through in couple of sittings. And that’s exactly what I did. After perusing Pinterest for ideas it was actually the paper from Paper Source that made the final decision a snap. I chose white size #10 note card paper and a navy blue #10 backing because I had just confirmed blue for the bridesmaid dresses and I liked the idea that the programs would color coordinate. (Imagine that? Color coordination… at a wedding. Ha!)
The program copy came together fairly easily. We obviously wanted to include the important details of the day like the location, date, time, and our officiant’s name. I super sized our names (not like our guests didn’t know who we are!) to create columns under which I added the names of our wedding party. As you can see, I listed them in alphabetical order only because we hadn’t decided upon a walking order at that time and I needed to get this project done quickly with a number of other things filling my to do list. I didn’t think it would be much of an issue for the guests since I figured they would promptly forget everyone’s name anyway.
My favorite part is the monogram I created based off of our invitation which shows the same black circle with our initials. It really became our “branding” for the day (how trendy!).
Since our ceremony was a relatively traditional Jewish one and many of our guests were non-Jews, I included some short descriptions of the major pillars of the ceremony and a brief explanation of why they were important to us. And at the bottom, a heartfelt thank-you to our parents who truly did make the wedding day possible.
Putting these all together was a cinch as well. The backings came with holes pre-punched and I used a narrow knitting needle and the backing as a guide to punch holes in the white paper. Then I strung yellow baker’s twine (left over from the invitations) to create the tie. I really loved the consistency of the twine from one paper good to another and the mustard color played off of the navy nicely. I thought I might have needed to glue the top fold down but the twine was actually sturdy enough to hold the two pieces together.
I printed all the programs on my home printer with black ink and in a few sittings, these babes were done and shipped off to my parents house to await their big day debut!
PS I couldn’t help but include this sweet doodle of me and Simeon by my friend and artist Charlie Schneider, which he composed during the wedding toasts on the back of his program. It makes this memento extra special for sure.
PPS You might have noticed that the list of the bridal party does not mention groomsmen, but rather best men only. With two brothers and a group of very special friends, Simeon decided that all his groomsmen would be “best men.” At first, I hesitated to “allow” such a thing, but quickly realized that this was our wedding and we could do whatever we wanted. Of course all his groomsmen would be best men! And they were the best. The very best. Except when Brendan decided to take a nap at exactly the moment we needed to take wedding party photos and no one could find him. That was not the best. But I admit it was hilarious. Because…who does that.