Good morning! I am back today with another “Wedding Week” post – this time a DIY tutorial on making your own ceremony programs. This is a simple DIY project and the perfect time to recruit your bridesmaids for a night of program making – add some music and cocktails and I’m sure they’ll be willing! Once you get an assembly line going, it will go quickly!
- White or cream paper for printing program onto (I used 32lb Premium Weight Business Paper in Ivory)
- Colored card stock
- Hole punch
- Paper cutter
Step One: Print your program onto the white or cream paper. My program ended up being 6 pages, 3 pages front and back. This included a cover, the order of the ceremony, a page for the Wedding Party, and a page that listed those who had roles in the ceremony. I formatted my program so it would be 8.5″ tall by 8″ wide. I printed the pages off on 8.5″x11″ paper and then trimmed them down with my paper cutter.
If you do intend to recruit help, I’d recommend getting the printing done in advance. This is the most important part, and formatting and printing can sometimes take time! Be sure to have others proofread before printing all of them!
Step Two: Prepare your piece of card stock. Before choosing the colored paper you will use, test it out by folding it. Some paper will crack along the fold line, especially if it is very thick paper. We found a beautiful periwinkle card stock, sold in bulk, that did not crack when folded – it was a nice match to the bridesmaid dresses (a bow from the dresses is shown below!)
Next, score the paper at the 2.25″ and 3″ marks. Using my paper cutter, I placed the paper so the mark was where I would normally cut – but instead of using the cutter, I used a needle nose pliers. The pliers pushed the paper into the groove of my paper cutter, effectively scoring the paper. There are definitely better tools out there for scoring – this is just the way I have always done it :)
Step Three: Assemble and bind the program. Insert the program pages under the folded edge of your colored card stock. Punch two holes through everything – each hole should be 2″ from the top and bottom.
Use a piece of ribbon to hold everything together. I used a piece of ribbon about 18″-20″ long which allowed me to make a pretty bow. Before cutting all of your ribbon, I would do a few and figure out what ribbon length works best for you. Then you can cut a whole bunch at once so assembly goes quicker!