Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo
24
MAY
2010

Wedding program template

by: Chica

Wedding program template
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A friend of mine is getting married this summer and asked for my help with designing her wedding programs. She really liked the booklet-style wedding programs I made for my own wedding, but wanted something a little less formal and more colorful and cheery. Oh boy, this was going to be a fun program to design!

I started with our free wedding program template download, which is really easy to use. Just download it, customize the text with the details of your own wedding, print, then cut each printed sheet into three equal pieces, each one measuring 8 1/2″ long and a little less than 3 3/4″ wide.

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Then I took some really pretty decorative scrapbook paper that matched her wedding colors and cut a piece the same size as the program pages — 8 1/2″ by a little under 3 3/4″. I then chose a darker color of coordinating cardstock and cut a piece that was a little larger than the pages — 9″ x 4″.

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I stacked all of the pieces up, with the decorative paper on top, the darker cardstock on the back, and the white program pages in the middle. I made sure that everything was centered nicely on the stack and the cardstock showed evenly on all sides.

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I put two large paperclips on the stack to hold it in place (this was a HUGE help) and then used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a tiny 1/8″ hole in the middle of the top, about an inch down.

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To decorate the top of the program, I reached into my stash of craft punches. I grabbed my Martha Stewart pop-up water lily punch, which coordinated perfectly. I used the punch to make a lily out of the darker cardstock, and used my fingers to fluff up the petals of the flower. I just LOVE this pop-up effect!

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Of course, you can choose any craft punch that suits your style, as long as it creates a shape that looks good with a hole in it.

The next step was to line the flower up with the hole I had punched in the program, and stick a small, white brad in the holes.

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Then I just opened the brad on the back to secure it, and once again fluffed up the petals on the flower.

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I just love the finished product!

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In fact, I loved it so much that I couldn’t stop there. I just had to design a coordinating Thank You card for my friend to use.

I cut a piece of the same decorative paper to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and a piece of the darker cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, making it the perfect size to fit into a standard 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″ invitation envelope. Then I centered the decorative piece on the cardstock and added the punched flower in the corner, using the same technique I had used on the program.

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I am in love with these pop-up flower punches!

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The finished Thank You card and wedding programs are so pretty, and you could easily adapt these two designs to create any wedding stationery you need, even the invitations! (Or RSVP cards, or place cards, or save the dates, or menus, or…)

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The top of the Thank You swings easily so that you can write a lovely message on it, and the pages of the program can either be lifted or swung out of the way.

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Okay, I’d better get punching. One program down… 149 to go!

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11 comments so far:

  • 1
    Rachel 05/25/2010 at 9:19 pm

    Those look great! You’re such a fantastic friend! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking.

  • 2
    raylyn 05/26/2010 at 7:43 am

    hi chica and jo..

    find this super useful…

    thanks…

    raylyn

  • 3
    Joanne 06/26/2010 at 8:15 am

    I love this design but can’t figure out how to change the text after downloading it…any suggestions?

  • 4
    Chica 06/26/2010 at 8:20 am

    Hi Joanne! Once you download our .doc template and launch it in Microsoft Word, you can just backspace over the sample text that’s provided and type in your own text in its place.

  • 5
    Oksana 03/22/2011 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Chica,

    This is such a lovely desing and easy to follow directions. I’ll be sharing this link with other brides. Thank you!

  • 6
    Misha 03/28/2011 at 3:40 am

    I LOVE this! My May wedding colors are cornflower blue and white, and my flowers are white gerber daisies and blue hydrangeas, so this matches perfectly! Do you by chance remember where you bought the scrapbook paper/stationary? I’d love to get the exact one you used! Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas!

  • 7
    Chica 03/28/2011 at 6:41 am

    Misha, I’m so sorry but it’s been so long that I don’t remember where I got that paper.

  • 8
    Melissa 12/31/2011 at 10:02 am

    Oh my God!!!! This was just what I needed. I’m doing the programs for my aunts wedding and this layout will be perfect and easy. Just perfect thank you for sharing.

  • 9
    Chica 12/31/2011 at 2:15 pm

    So glad we could help, Melissa! We’d love to see your finished programs if you want to share a photo with us :)

  • 10
    Tara 03/14/2012 at 11:41 am

    What is the original size of the paper/cardstock? Is it legal or tabloid? I downloaded the template and formatted the text exactly how I want it; however, when I went to print, one of the panels is shorter than the other two because the 3 1/4 in x 3 = more than 11 inch. Can you email me some help?

    thanks!

  • 11
    Chica 03/14/2012 at 6:44 pm

    Tara, the paper I used is regular 8.5″ x 11″ tabloid paper. You’re right that 3 3/4″ is a bit too much to fit three in an 11″ span. If you cut the paper into equal parts, you’ll get 3 2/3″ inches, but rulers don’t measure in thirds, so I estimated! I’ve updated my instructions above to indicate that you should cut the paper in equal pieces, just under 3 3/4″ each. Hope that helps.

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