Last week I shared some of the wedding programs I’ve created. Today I’m going to share some of the programs that I’ve collected over the last four years (I’ve lived here in the US for 4 years, so everything pre-2005 is back in Aus – but it’s ok – none of those programs were overly memorable!). Unfortunately my favorite one has disappeared (the cover was hand stitched!).
Anyway, first up:
These ones were actually designed by the groom, Jeff! In fact, he did most of the DIY for their whole wedding! These are a simple strip of cardstock (4×12) with a strip of off-white paper attached to both sides and finished with two bands of ribbon glued to the side. I like the simplicity of these programs – one side has the names of the wedding party (and the bride and groom’s names in Chinese), and the reverse has the program order. It’s a lot easier to keep the program smaller like this when there is no congregational singing at the wedding!
Program 2 is from Hsin-I (pronounced “sha-nee”) and Daniel’s wedding. Hsin-I is a DIY crazy person! Each of her programs tripled as the program, favor, and escort card. And how did we know which table we were sitting at? Well each card had a skyline of one of the cities she and/or Daniel had lived in CUT OUT across the top! Ours was Cincinatti. I wished I got the Seattle one though – it looked super cool with the Space Needle cut out at the top! At the bottom was a set of chopsticks attached with ribbon. Hsin-I also created a monogram of her and Daniel’s name by writing it in pen, then scanning it into her computer and using it on all her stationery.
Jane created Program 3 by printing onto plain white paper and then cutting the inside sheets at the bottom to create a layered look. The top had a sheet of vellum, and the enclosure was from Paper Source.
Next we have Jennifers programs. These were actually professionally designed and printed by a friend of theirs in New York (Ron’s sister used the same printer for her wedding a few months earlier, and they had the same layout and basic design, but with different imagery and color). The edge was tied with ribbon, which I think Jennifer did herself.
Finally we have Mike and Ellein’s programs. These were also professionally printed. I’m not entirely sure where they got theirs done, but if you’re looking for this style, there are a lot of stationery stores in Chinatown, NYC who specialize in this style. Usually you pick out an existing design from a huge selection in their store, then you customize the text. Since many of Mike and Ellein’s guests were first-gen Chinese, the program was in both English and Chinese. They also had a listing on the back with the order of photos – this definitely helped to get all the various pictures with their different groups of family and friends out of the way quickly so they could focus on the shots with their wedding party and individual shots.
I hope these programs give you a couple of ideas to help you decide what you *want* and *don’t want* in a wedding program! Next time: I’ve been to 4 weddings in 8 weeks and have *lots* of photos to share! Stay tuned!