Wedding program template
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.
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″.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Then I just opened the brad on the back to secure it, and once again fluffed up the petals on the flower.
I just love the finished product!
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.
I am in love with these pop-up flower punches!
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…)
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.
Okay, I’d better get punching. One program down… 149 to go!