When I got married, I made my own wedding programs. Much like Jo (who shared her tri-fold wedding program template with you previously), I spent a lot of time making a Microsoft Word template with the information formatted nicely. I then printed out the pages and assembled the programs, which ended up looking like little booklets. In this post I’ll share my free template with you and show you how I used it to make a modern and crafty wedding program.
I started by printing out the pages of my program. The paper you use can be anything from a nice bright white printer paper to a lovely decorative paper or a high-quality linen paper. You can have as many pages as you want, and you can see my pages in the Word template below.
After editing the template, I printed out plenty of copies of all the pages and then used my trusty paper trimmer to cut each page into three even pieces that were 8 1/2″ tall and just under 3 3/4″ wide. I also cut a sheet of vellum the same size as the pages. I stacked the pages in order and put the sheet of vellum on top.
Included in this stack was a piece of card stock that served as the back of my booklet. I cut the card stock slightly larger than the pages so that it would stick out on the sides and bottom (I left the top flush). The card stock pieces were 4 1/4″ wide and 8 3/4″ tall. Since our wedding colors were silver/gray and lavender, I used a soft gray card stock (and lavender ribbon).
With all the pieces cut, it was time for assembly. I took one set of pages (including vellum and card stock) and then aligned all the top edges together. I then punched two holes in the entire stack, about 1/2″ apart and 1/2″ down from the top. This is where my ribbon would be going, and since the ribbon I was using was thin, I didn’t want giant round punch holes, so instead I used a cool 1/4″ slot-style hole punch, which made tiny rectangular slots that were perfect for the ribbon. If you can find a two-holed ribbon punch, it will save you a lot of time because you can punch both holes at once!
Your ribbon should be fairly wide (I used a 3/4″ ribbon) but not too thick or else it won’t fit in the holes. I used a wired ribbon, which helped me to form the ribbon the way I wanted it and gave the “knot” a nice firm hold on the paper. The length of ribbon you need will depend on the look you want to achieve and how far apart you put your holes, but my pieces were about 6″ long. To get your length just right, make a booklet with a really long piece of ribbon, trim it, and then take it apart and measure it.
To thread the ribbon through the holes, start by poking both ends from the front through to the back.
Then take one end (which is sticking out the back at this point) and push it back through the other hole so that it sticks out the front. Do the same with the other end, and now you’ll have both ends coming out on the front of the card.
Pull them tight and straighten them, then trim the ends of the ribbon if needed (they might have unraveled a bit during handling) so they are crisp.
When you’re done, you’ll have a nice clean “knot” on the back and a pretty “bow” on the front.
Now the programs are ready to be handed out to the guests on the big day!
Here is the Word template I promised you, that I used to create my programs. This template is geared for a Catholic Mass, but you can obviously change the items on the pages as needed to suit your ceremony.
Click here to download our free Booklet-style Wedding Program Template
The first page of my template is sort of a “title page” and I left a space where you can include a large fancy initial (of your new last name), a clipart image to match your wedding theme (maybe a butterfly, rose, or wedding bells), or a photo of the happy couple. The middle pages contain ceremony information. The last page contains a personal message from the couple, along with contact information. I highly recommend something like this, because your guests will find your words to be thoughtful and the contact information to be useful, especially if you’re moving to a new home after the wedding.