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1.07.2009

Our Preppy Programs: A Labor of Love!

Last night, we got to mark a BIG one off of our wedding to-do list when we finally finished our programs! I started working on the design for the programs months ago, and made more and more samples until I got exactly what I wanted. I have always thought that the program was a really important part of the wedding because you get to acknowledge everyone who will play a part in your big day, and it is the first tangible thing that your guests will receive to set the tone for your wedding. I hope no one takes offense to this, but a folded printout piece of paper just doesn't set a great tone, in my opinion. So, I wanted to create something that went along with our overall theme and color scheme. Here are some pictures of our final product (please excuse the ugly blurring!) :






We really started working on these over our Thanksgiving break when Ryan & I made a little assembly line of cutting the white cardstock, cutting the pink cardstock, rounding the corners, etc. We finished most of that part over Christmas break, and at that point they just needed to be assembled. For this part, I used Therm-o-Web Tape Runners to secure the white card to the pink, and then to secure the top of the second white card. I used some other tape runner brands when I would find them on sale, but I would not recommend anything but the Therm-o-Web. The others were not as permanent as I would have liked, and the tape would get caught up and ruin the whole roll. After all 200 were assembled, it was time to apply the ribbon. We used green satin ribbon in 5/16" size. We went back to our assembly line technique for this part, and Ryan would measure & cut the ribbon and then I would apply the ribbon to the program, again using the tape runner. This process took forever. But each time I would finish one, I would tell Ryan how I was madly in love with these programs, so it was definitely worth it. The cost breakdown went something like this:

  • 100 Sheets Pink Azalea 105# Metallic Cardstock from Paper & More : $32.99
  • 200 Sheets White 100# Paper Company Cardstock from Michaels : $20.00
  • Therm-o-Web Tape Runner & 12 Refills from Michael's : $67.00
  • 6 Spools Offray 5/6" Green Satin Ribbon from Hancock Fabrics: $2.12

Total= $122.11, or about 61 cents per program.

Was this process headache-inducing and seemingly neverending? Yes. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. I am SO happy with the result of all our hard work... and even happier to mark a BIG project off of the to-do list!

23 comments:

The Mrs. said...

They look FANTASTIC!! Congrats on getting such a big "to-do" crossed off the list. Can't wait to see more of your details!

jane in the waiting line said...

They look great!! And the baskets are darling.

KLC said...

LOVE THEM!!! I have a sneaking suspicion that in a few years when I get married I will be using your blog for some MAJOR inspiration because everything you have made is INCREDIBLE and I want a pink and green wedding!

It's Nici....YO! said...

Hey! I read you blog often yet never comment! I, too am planning a wedding and a blogger! I am looking to add your blog to my sidebar, since it is such an inspirational wedding blog :)

Jenny.Lee said...

Your programs turned out beautifully!

Newport Nuptials said...

These came out amazing! I am in love with them and may need to do something similar in my own color scheme! I love all of your detailsand cant wait to see it all come together!

Jenji said...

Those are Awesome!

Kim said...

I LOVE them! They came out so well...they are perfect! Congrats on getting a big item off your list!!

Kirsten said...

They look AMAZING!!! Great job and way to save moolah!

Newport Nuptials said...

What font did you use for your names? I really like it!

The Bona Fide Preppy Bride said...

The font is albermarle swash and I got it from fonts101.com. I am obsessed with it!

Heidi said...

Those look great!

My Dream Ring said...

Those are rockin'you did an excellent job.

Well I Do Declare said...

They look amazing! Can't wait to see other details :)

Always Organizing said...

They look great!

Dana said...

Those look great.

Karen :) said...

I love that you included the price breakdown! It makes me feel so much better about planning a wedding having visual proof that stationary ideas THAT adorable can come out of less than $250-$500! P.S. You've been...tagged? Is that what they call it? Haha, I'm learning X-D

Kate said...

Such a cute idea. I love how they turned out!

Lauren said...

These look great! I hope you are doing well!

Old Friends and New Shoes said...

When I get married (hopefully in the next decade) I am making you come to PA so you can be my wedding planner... we have the same taste and I love it. I may just need to reencarnate your wedding!!

Once A Bride said...

You're doing a great DIY job!! An inspiration for sure.

Silvia said...

This is exactly what I had in mind. They are simple yet very cute! You did an awesome job, great choice of colors!

Mara (The Wedding Cabaret) said...

They look great!

I see your from KY! So is my husband. We're actually flying there next wednesday! :o)