Though many people skip them now, I love designing documents, so I decided to make some programs myself.
I actually used Powerpoint to design them, because I found a template with some fun aspects to it which used Powerpoint, and it’s so simple to design pages as slides, and then print that way- it’s very photo and text box friendly. The template had figures for the area where you describe your bridal party, like this:
I used the template as a starter, and switched out the colors for the bouquets and such to my wedding colors. I also downloaded some nice fonts for free from various sites, to make the calendar and “thank you” look fancier. If you want a different template or fonts check the forums on Weddingwire and such- many brides have great, free templates they share. Pinterest has some as well. If you don’t want to make them yourself, Etsy as always has people who will design them for you!
To create mine:
I found a peacock design I liked, and created the cover simply with the photo, our names, and the wedding date and location.
On the inside, we had the schedule of the day, information about the special songs that were played, and a blurb about each member of the wedding party.
On the back we had a Thank You to our guests.
Father Daughter Dance: “I Loved Her First” – Heartland
First dance: “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen
Cake cutting: “I Like Pie, I Like Cake” – Four Chefs
Bouquet toss: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
We put the programs in a basket, on sale at Joann’s, with a sign tied on it with a ribbon, that was stamped with the peacock feather stamp from Michael’s, and hand cutout letters.