Portland, Maine Wedding Photographer :: Planning a Wedding Series :: DIY Programs

I recently started a “Planning a Wedding” series of blog posts to help provide some tips and tricks for planning your own wedding! The last post I did was all about making your own invitations from scratch, which you can see here. Today I am going to talk about how I made my own wedding programs.

Photo from RW Photo

Photo from RW Photo

#1. Sketch out the program design.

It’s important to sketch out your idea before you actually start to make it, because you can end up wasting a lot of supplies and money if you don’t have a general idea to start with.

#2. Use the same materials from the invitations.

We used all of the same paper that we used from our invitations so that everything matched. We also used the same ribbon that we used to tie our invitations closed. The same pearls and stamps were also used. Seeing a theme? 😉 The more common things you use, the less money you have to spend on the programs.

#3. Determine how many to make.

This is the way I see it. Programs, in my opinion, aren’t super important. We only made one program per invitation, as not everyone needs a program, and not everyone is going to keep it either. At the end of our wedding we actually had a bunch of programs left over. I was recently in my friend’s wedding, and we made two programs per table and still had a bunch left behind at the end of the night.

#4. Try not to cram everything on one side.

On our programs we had the order of the ceremony on the front of the program. The back of the program had the list of all the members in our bridal party.

#5. Work to your strengths.

Just like I said with the invitations, work as a team with your partner and do the things that you are the best at. This way you can be more efficient and effective with making your programs!


If you have any tips of your own for making programs, please share them in a comment below! 🙂

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