6 Creative Wedding Program Templates For The DIY Bride

To pull off this DIY wedding project, you'll need an easy-to-follow template and enough time in advance of the wedding date to execute a true trial run. Once you've mastered the technique, set up an assembly line and get in the DIY zone! Download one of these six stylish templates and follow the instructions for a creative fan or double sided or folded DIY wedding program.
  1. Heart Fan Ceremony Programs

    222 sheets 8.5" x 11" red card stock
    100 wood fan handles
    Heart-Shaped Program template
    Laser or inkjet printer, with extra ink cartridges
    Scissors
    Pencil
    Double sided tape gun and extra tape (we recommend the 3M Scotch ATG 700 Transfer TapeDispenser), or glue sticks



    1. Download the template here. Customize and print your programs.
    2. Print 110 copies onto red card stock using a laser or inkjet printer (10 extra copies are for inevitable mistakes when cutting). Using scissors, cut each program into a heart shape, following the outline on the template and being careful to cut inside the line so the outline doesn't show.
    3. Assemble your programs. Place your hearts back-to-back. Try to pair up hearts that match each other as closely as possible, as there will be some inconsistencies due to the hand cutting.
    4. Once you are happy with your pairings, take the first 2 hearts and lay them side-by-side, right-sides down, on your work surface. Center a fan handle on one of the hearts, left to right, and position it vertically so that the top 6 inches of the handle lie inside the heart, and the bottom 3 inches lie outside of it, forming the handle. Dispense glue or double-sided tape on one side of the top 6 inches of the handle and press into place. Dispense glue or double-sided tape along the heart-shaped areas of the same heart as well as the second side of the handle. Align the second heart, right-side up, over the glued side and press down firmly.
    5. Repeat for all programs. Makes 100 programs.


    Variations
    Paddle fans, as these types of fans are known, can be made in any shape—a circle, oval, square, rounded square, egg, leaf, or traditional fan shape (resembling a quarter circle). If you have a longer ceremony, you can print on both sides of the fan, adding a bit of decorative flourish along the borders.


    Suggested Font
    Strangelove Text

  2. Photo by Anna Skye

    Red Poppy Ceremony Program Fans

    Double sided tape
    Wood Fan Handles
    Ruler
    X-acto knife
    Paper trimmer or scissors
    Ribbon or spray paint (optional)
    Microsoft Word




    1. Download the template here and open in MS Word. Add your ceremony and bridal party details. You can change the formatting and fonts, but stay within the trim lines. Print the template on 8.5" x 11" card stock. 67lb paper works best as most home printers can handle the weight just fine, and it is heavy enough to give a professional feel to your DIY project. Makes 1 5.25" x 5.25" paddle Fan fan per printout.
    2. With the non-blade point of an X-acto knife and a ruler, score the program down the center fold. Scoring makes for a straight fold. Fold the program in half to make a booklet.
    3. Using a paper trimmer or scissors, trim the three outer edges of the program, being careful not to cut along the fold line.
    4. Adhere double sided tape to both sides of the fan stick, and the reverse side of program. Tape works better than glue as it won't leave a soggy mark on your paper.
    5. Line up the fan stick in the middle of the bottom edge of the program. Fold the program over the fan handle and press for good adhesion.
    6. Dress up the fan handles with ribbon, I think gold finishes the project off nicely. Another idea is to spray paint the handles an accent color. Paint them before taping them to the program so as not to get paint on your paper.




    Hint: To speed up the assembly process, create a production line. Recruit friends and family to help with the project, and have one person score and fold, another trim, and another tape and press. Make an afternoon of it and have fun with the creative process! At the end when you admire your handiwork you'll be rewarded and satisfied at having tackled a DIY project.

  3. Modern Double Sided Ceremony Programs

    5.5" x 7.5" white card stock
    Laser or inkjet printer
    Microsoft Word


    1. Download the template here.
    2. Edit in Microsoft Word as necessary.
    3. Print on front and back of card stock.
  4. Classic Blue Victorian Ceremony Programs

    50 sheets of 8.5" x 11" 65lb white card stock

    Paper trimmer or scissors

    Laser or inkjet printer

    Microsoft Word


    1. Download the template here.

    2. Open in Microsoft Word and customize with your wedding details.

    3. Print and cut in half with paper trimmer or scissors. Finished item 5.5" x 8.5." Makes 100 programs

  5. Simple Ceremony Program Fans

    2-110 lb (or heavier) card stock 8.5" × 11"
    1-3/16″ eyelets
    Scissors or rotary paper trimmer
    Eyelet-setting tools
    Microsoft Word
    Laser or inkjet printer


    1. Download the template here.
    2. Open in Microsoft Word and customize text with your wedding details.
    3. Print on card stock. 3 pieces can be printed on an 8.5″x11″ 110lb sheet.
    4. Cut on solid lines. You may use cutter or X-acto knife for the straight lines. Use scissors for the curved lines. After all pieces are cut, it is time to put the eyelet that attaches all the pieces together.
    5. Use the eyelet-setting tools to punch and set the eyelet. Optional: Tie a ribbon through the eyelet hole.
  6. Heart Tree Ceremony Programs

    50 sheets of 8.5" x 11" 65lb white card stock
    Paper trimmer or scissors
    Laser or inkjet printer
    Microsoft Word


    1. Download the template here.
    2. Open in Microsoft Word and customize with your wedding details.
    3. Print and cut in half with paper trimmer or scissors. Finished item 5.5" x 8.5." Makes 100 programs