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my DIY wedding – handmade programs

As we get closer to the wedding date, I’m actually making progress on my to-do list which at times seemed endless. One of the remaining projects that was staring me in the face for months were the wedding programs. We actually debated having them at all, at first. We really want to maintain a casual and modest feel to everything and there’s something about wedding programs that just felt a bit too ceremonial. But, as we continued to design the wedding ceremony, we both agreed we wanted our guests to be able to follow along…and I found a really beautiful poem that will be one of our readings and I wanted everyone to be able to get to know it. Also, of course the music, which I really think will be the highlight of the entire experience, needed its own spotlight. Eric has been working on the music program diligently (actually rewriting lyrics and rerecording songs) and I want everyone to be able to appreciate his efforts.

So, yea. Wedding programs were obviously going to be the best way to let everyone follow along with the ceremony and be included in the special touches we have planned. With the guest list holding strong at 180+ I knew I needed to find a way to make them without feeling guilty about all the paper I’d have to use.

In a seemingly unrelated note, I recently transitioned from one job to another. It was a very big and exciting change for me, professionally!! While I was cleaning out my old office, I stumbled upon two boxes of blank stationary that had been left over from an office move. My boss at the time had told me to just throw it all away, but being the thrifty person that I am, I stashed the boxes in a drawer and only stumbled upon them as I was packing up to leave the company. Well, there you go. I now had paper for my wedding programs!

Once again, Eric worked his design magic and using elements from our invitations, created a program design that I fell in love with. They required assembly, but I’m blessed with wonderful (and patient) friends and family who were willing to help. Twice over the course of two weeks, I found myself sitting around a big table with Eric, my mom, dad, sister, her fiancée Chris and my lovely girlfriends, Amanda and Kathy. (What did I tell you? I am blessed BIG time) We worked in an assembly line measuring, marking, punching holes, threading yarn and tying little bows until all of the programs were complete! They are beyond adorable and I’m so proud that they were made by some of my most favorite people.

I couldn’t have done it without help and I’m endlessly grateful for the help I received. Here’s what the process looked like:

starting supplies (incl. yarn from an old knitting project)

cutting the back page

cutting the sections apart


measuring and marking...

hole punching...

bow tying...

assembly line prep

Godsend Friends

our precious programs!

I think they are absolutely perfect. Plus, the memories of the time spent making them are even better than the money we saved by making them ourselves!

2 Responses to “my DIY wedding – handmade programs”

  1. Aunt Becky Says:

    Now don’t do my favorite trick . . . .
    get materials, friends, (red wine), invest time, elbow grease, fall in love with your project, be moved to tears several times in the process of making them. (especially if music is involved)… feel so proud and accomplished…daydream about the things you’ll make for your kids at their weddings. . . . . . .

    only to leave them on the table as you head for your wedding!
    Can’t wait to see them!
    Aunt Becky

  2. Veronica Says:

    Such a great idea and so gorgeous.

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