How to Create Your Own Wedding Program
Most couples include a wedding programme as part of their stationary as a keep sake for guests as well as an order of service for them to follow. If you do decide to have a programme here are some things to consider.
Firstly you need to decide on your colour scheme for the programme, this should ideally follow the overall scheme that you have for the wedding, if you don’t have a colour scheme it needs to follow the theme you have chosen; traditional, winter, holidays, beech wedding, fun and funky. In keeping with my scheme I chose ivory and a burgundy scheme for my programmes.
The next step is to decide how many you will need and add a couple of extras for mistakes and printing errors. Once you know how many you will need, the next step is to start draught what you will include in your programme. It is customary for the programme to include the names of the couple getting married on the front page, or at the top if you have decided to have a scroll instead of a booklet for your programme, the name of all participants and parents should be included. Most couples will include a brief outline of the service including any music played and even words for hymns and readings if you are having them as part of the service.
I decided on a booklet style programme, the front page has mine and my partners names, the date and place we are getting married and a small graphic (you could even include a small picture of the wedding couple). My second page has a brief outline of the ceremony and the words to the reading that will take place at the end of the ceremony. The third page has a list of the wedding participants and the back page has a dedication to deceased grandparents with a small poem that I wrote during a recent creative course I took.
This booklet was printed double sided on white A4 thin card, folded and trimmed to size before being placed inside an ivory card.
Once I had done this I decided to place a monogram on the front of the ivory card to tie it in with my colour scheme of ivory and burgundy. I found a programme that I had on my laptop that had a business card maker on and decided on a fancy font I liked. I used this to place the initial of the new surname I would take as large as possible in a dark red colour and surrounded it with a similar graphic to that on the inside of my programme. Once I liked the monogram I printed off 60 of them onto the same thin card that I used on the inside of the programme, (10 per page) and cut them to the required size. These in turn were glued onto a red piece of card slightly bigger all the way around and then glued onto the front of the programme.