How to Make Half-Fold Wedding Programs

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Creating your own half-fold wedding programs make take a little more time than ordering a traditional wedding program, but it can save you a ton of money. The best part about creating your own half-fold wedding program is that you can customize and coordinate your program to fit your theme, whatever it may be. If you are running short on time or energy, you can gather a group of friends and family members to help you assemble and fold all of the pieces.

Create a template for your program's design. You can find many wedding program templates online, or you can create your own from scratch. Check with your church or facility where you are holding the ceremony at to see if it has any restrictions or guidelines on your programs before you create them.

Create an outside cover design for your program. You will print this design on the card stock and use it for the cover. This could be a simple graphic or phrase and can be as simple or ornate as you would like. You can create and save this design in a separate document for later editing if needed.

Print a copy of the cover on card stock and a copy of the inside program on white copy paper. This will help you make any adjustments if needed on the margins, and you will want to make sure that you have centered the text. You will fold the program in half so that you will want to make sure that there is no wording that will be in the crease.

Cut the ribbon or cording to 2 1/2 times the height of the program. This will allow the ribbon to run the length of the program and leave you room to tie it at the bottom of the program. You will need a lot of ribbon, and it all depends on the total amount of programs you will need to create.

Print out additional covers and inserts for programs. Assemble the programs by folding one card stock cover and one inside sheet in half, and attach them together with the ribbon. Make sure that you create enough programs, plus about 10 extra just to be safe. It is always nice to have a few extras in case you need extras for keepsakes.