Thoughts on wedding programs : On the one hand, they are useful. The guests can follow along, get some insight on who the wedding party is and fan themselves if the AC conks out. On the other hand, they are a lot of work and usually go right into the bin. (They also always get left to the last minute. I can't tell you how many brides I have met at the store on busy Friday's who need help buying paper for wedding programs. My first question is always "Great, when's the wedding?" and the answer is quite often, "Tomorrow." Yikes.)
But, I love paper so we are going to have programs. And because I HATE last minute projects, as soon as we confirmed the ceremony, I got started on the program layout. I am going to wait until after the big day to show the finished product. (Because SOMETHING has to surprise my guests that read this blog.) But here are a few little details that I wanted to share.
I ordered a custom embosser plate with "e & p" on it. I am going to be embossing the front covers (gray card stock, obviously) with this. I haven't thought of another way to use it yet, maybe down the line for some stationery. I love the subtle monogram and I am excited to add a new plate to my tiny collection.
I also purchased orange and white baker's twine to serve as the binding. Our programs are going to be four pages (eight sides, back and front) total, so two pieces of paper folded in half and held in place with twine. I thought about ribbon, I thought about using a staple, but this string was inexpensive and the right color. Done and done.
Inside the program we're keeping it simple. A quote (of our own) on the front page. Outline of the ceremony on the inside spread. Details about the wedding party and special thank you on the last page.
I am also having short & sweet programs at the wedding reception. Not one per person but two or so for each table. The hope is to keep people informed about all the details going on there as well.