Wedding programs are a good way to introduce your entire wedding party, list your schedule of events and provide your guests with a token of your event they can take home to cherish. Having programs printed and bound can be costly, so many brides choose to make their own wedding booklets to create unique, stylised programs that are both affordable and functional.
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Things you need
- 8.5" x 11" cardstock (2 pieces for each booklet)
- 1/8" eyelets or brads (2 for each booklet)
- 1/8" hole puncher
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Colour printer
- Straight edge
- Eyelet machine (optional)
Design each page of your wedding booklet. Wedding programs generally range from 3 to 5 pages in length, so before you begin your project design each page in MS Word, Photoshop or another software program of your choosing. You will need a top cover, a page that lists the wedding party, a page showing the timeline of events and a menu page. The bottom edge of each page should contain a one- or two-word phrase to serve as a descriptor for the page. While designing, keep pages within a 4.25-inch width and 6-inch length.
Print the programs. Two to four pages of your booklets should fit on one sheet of card stock, depending upon the length of your page design. Create layered wedding programs by adding 1/2-inch of length to each successive page. When your programs are presented to guests, they will see the decorative top cover with staggering pages underneath. Each page will have a descriptive title at the bottom so guests can easily flip to the section they want to see.
Cut pages to size. Each piece of card stock should be cut in half, lengthwise, so that it now measures 4.25 by 11 inches. Next, cut each long, slender sheet of card stock in half to separate the pages of your booklets. Every page of your program should be cut to an exact size, so double-check all measurements before using the scissors or paper cutter. Place each page in a separate stack to make assembly easier.
Prepare booklets for binding. Fold a 1-inch flap across the top of each page of the programs, using a straightedge tool to get a perfect edge on each.
Punch the holes on the top flap. The placement of each hole is extremely important, so it's advisable to draw small marks in pencil where you want each hole to go. Punch a hole on each side of the flap, 1 inch from the left and right edges, and 1/2 inch from the bottom.
Place eyelets or brads to bind the programs. Secure your booklets with eyelets, which can be machined into place, or brads you can place by hands. Both items are readily available from craft and fabric stores.
Tips and warnings
- Add ribbons, crystals, silk flowers and other small design elements to enhance your booklets.
- Choose coloured card stock to make booklets bright and attractive. If you plan on printing programs at home instead of through a professional printer, purchase 1 or 2 extra colour ink cartridges so you don't have to stop your project for a trip to the store.
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