MAY 13

My DIY Wedding Programs

By Krista

Only a few weeks left until our walk down the aisle… (19 days if you want to get specific. HOLY COW!)

Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to lately:

I decided we needed some simple wedding programs. But with not much time left to order things, I would have to make them myself. Easy enough, right? Why not take a little break from RSVPs and seating arrangements to do some crafting.

I printed these on 8.5 by 11″ card stock from Michaels. Their card stock packs go on sale pretty often, if they’re not at the moment, there’s always coupons from their website or their app.

I made our program in Microsoft Word. The trickiest part was leaving lots of spacing between all the text so that it doesn’t look too crowded. First, I set all the margins for my page to half an inch, then I made the document two columns. In order for the borders to be spaced evenly once I cut the page in half, I made the distance in the middle, between the two columns 1 inch wide.

Then type in all your information. Names, date, location, officiant, musicians, parents, wedding party, etc. On the back I also included an explanation on why “for like ever” is a reoccurring theme at our wedding, along with a thank you to our guests and parents. Also, in order to avoid this, there’s a section asking guests as politely as possible to turn off their cell phones and take fewer pictures.

I used the same font from our invitations for the headings, and used periods at the top to marks spaces for me to hole punch later on.

Once I was finished, the word document was 2 pages. Page 1, both columns had the front of the program, and both columns had the back on page 2. Like this:

Because the card stock is a standard size it fits easily in the printer. I printed a few copies of page 1, turned the paper around and put it back through the printer to print page 2 on the other sides.

Once everything is printed, it’s as simple as cutting down the middle of each page with a paper trimmer. I have this one from Fiskars, which I also grabbed with a coupon from Michaels a while back. The markings and ruler on the cutter make it really easy to make precise cuts. Then I hole punched the dots for the ribbon holes and tied a neat bow with some gross-grain ribbon. The ribbon was actually a great score from the dollar store.

One down, 150 more to go.

If you decided to have a go at it yourself, and you’re struggling with formatting things, just send me an email or (leave a comment) and I can send you my template to get your started.


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Hi Krista - Thank you for including a link to my article on this post! Good luck with your upcoming wedding!

Shireen Louw Photography Cape Town on May 13, 2013

Great job Krista! I was hoping to do some DIY projects like this for my wedding!

Olivia Potvin on May 13, 2013

They look amazing! I’ll be DIY-ing my own programs too. Hope they’ll turn out as awesome as yours did!

Vinnie on May 13, 2013

would you be willing to email me your template for your wedding program. My wedding is a few short months away and I haven’t tackled this project yet. Thank you. Melissa

Melissa on June 27, 2013

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DIY Wednesday: Ceremony Programs - Bajan Wed on July 03, 2013

Love this! Thanks so much for sharing. Please send me the template as I am helping my brother and his fiancee with their wedding planning. Thank you xoxo

Ruth on July 14, 2013

This is great! Thank you for sharing. Can you please send template to Thanks!!

sheri on July 21, 2013

Hi Krista,

My wedding is at the end of this month and I couldn’t be more excited. I LOVE your programs so much-could you please send your template to:

Thank you for sharing!

Liz on August 02, 2013

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10 things the wedding industry won’t tell you - MarketWatch | idiywedding on August 05, 2013

Hey Krista,

I would love to give this a shot, I made my own engagement party invitations using Michaels card stock and an online template but I cannot seem to find one that lays out the program including the church and such..

Would love a copy of yours to use as a reference

Congrats on your wedding, I actually found your wedding video on a videographer I was looking at and had myself a good cry sesh at 1:00am watching it! you both looked amazing and make me want a wedding video just like yours!

Thank you,

Elissa on August 08, 2013

Thanks so much for sharing! your programs look amazing would you be able to share the template?

Thank you!

Dannielle Snook on October 29, 2013

Could you please email me your template so i have something to reference to?

Thank you!!

Briana on November 17, 2013

Hi Krista-

That is a fantastic template, could you email it to me, I need a good starting off point. Thanks!

Emily on December 02, 2013

Thanks for sharing. They are wonderful. Could you send me your template as my daughter is getting married and we are trying to cut costs where we can. Thanks

Denise on February 27, 2014

I would love to have this template, also! You did such a great job, I want do do something similar and can’t get the spacing just right!
thank you!

Kristi on March 01, 2014

Can you please send me template!

Lauren on March 12, 2014


Could you please email me your template!

Thank you!

Erika on March 17, 2014

Thanks so much for sharing they’re fab :)
Please can you email me your template?
Thanks x

Sarah on March 21, 2014

May i have the template as well?

Kelly on March 24, 2014

I love the program. Will you send me the template please.

Ashley on April 09, 2014

Can you send me the template please. This looks perfect!

Claudia on May 13, 2014

Would you please email me this template?! I love it!!!

Syd on July 19, 2014

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