Wedding Programs the DIY Way

Create Your Own Wedding Programs to Add a Touch of Personality

Not every couple uses a wedding program. But they are becoming more and more popular. And there's good reason: wedding programs provide a memorable keepsake for guests, as well as give them the schedule for the day.

So should you or shouldn't you? We say: go for it! Ordering from a printer can be pricey, but if you create your own wedding programs, all you'll pay for will be the paper and the printer ink. Don't worry -- it is possible to design beautiful, professional -- looking wedding programs. And The Printable Wedding can help with an array of exquisite templates for every wedding style. We also have some tips to share with you (see below).

Why Couples Choose Wedding Programs

These "wow" -worthy, but easy to create leaflets, handed out as guests are seated, list the elements of the wedding ceremony. Some couples also name the members of the wedding party and soloists or other guests who will be participating.

Your wedding program allows guests to follow along with the sequence you and your groom have designed together. But it can also be long- lasting; many individuals -- particularly close family members -- will want to save it as a keepsake. And so will you. Let's get started creating a gorgeous wedding program you'll be thrilled to frame or put in your wedding scrapbook.

You've Got Style

First, you'll want to decide what basic look you'd like your program to have. The choice is yours, though most couples choose a program background that matches the general feel of the wedding. That might be casual, formal, super- trendy, nostalgia or a particular theme (like seasons). Here at The Printable Wedding, you can choose an entire set that matches, including invitations,programs, RSVP cards, and more. Here is a set called "Divine Damask":

Complete Set of Wedding Stationery

You can create the page background yourself using delicate and romantic borders or using wedding clipart. Simply download the items you like and assemble them in your program of choice.

Feel free to incorporate color as either a background or just an accent. The program should have a welcoming, readable feel; a pastel wash background or dramatic red and black printed bows will make it attractive to your guests.

You can also choose a pre-made wedding program template. You can (and should) still personalize a program template, but the worry over forgetting elements or what font looks fabulous is eliminated, allowing you a jumping -- off point for your own creativity.

Say It Beautifully

You can put as much or as little information in your program as you'd like, but we recommend sticking with these four basic categories for clarity's sake. Generally, a wedding program has four parts:
  • The Introduction
  • The Ceremony Order
  • The Names of the Wedding Party
  • The Closure (or special note)
  • A less intricate ceremony and/or one with a small wedding party may fit on one page. But if you find yourself squeezing in whatever you can and still running out of room, consider a folded program. Folded programs can either be a two- page fold out -- in other words, "book" style -- or trifolds. This way you can add as much information as you wish.

    One word of caution: Though you want to remember everyone on your special day, don't get too wordy. You'll lose the reader's interest. Try these suggestions for the perfect wedding program wording.

    Once you and your groom have decided all the basics, have fun with it! Get your creative juices going. Little touches, such as a soft watercolor look leaf background or an autumn wedding, will make your wedding program a priceless treasure. Add elements like a ribbon or monogrammed sticker. Take your time and make sure you've designed a program that reflects you, your groom and your love and life together. You'll be glad you did!

Written by: Melanie Henson