Stress with a Side of Fries
The week of a wedding can be an intense time of life. I know from experience. En route to my wedding destination, I had to pull over on the side of the road, stop at a fast food restaurant with wifi, and make changes to my wedding program file so that my now-husband could send the finalized proof back to the printer in time to them printed for our ceremony. The night before the wedding, rather than hanging out with my friends and going to bed at a reasonable hour, I was up stapling programs together…not exactly how I envisioned things.
But, gosh, it sure doesn’t have to be stressful for you. And I’m here to ensure that it’s not. Below are a few hard-earned lessons so that you can prepare and sit back, resting in the fact that your important paper details are done in plenty of time.
Set a deadline for finalizing your ceremony details.
This is something I truly wish I’d established from the get-go. Our ceremony was one of the most beautiful, thoughtful I’ve ever encountered, and my husband was fastidious in making it so. But, I’m telling you what, it came down to the wire. Your ceremony is crucially important—the readings, the music, the order of events—so commit to devote some thought to it early on. That way, when it comes time to nail down your printed pieces for the day-of, you won’t be scrambling around to secure final details. Start early working on your wedding party bios, picking songs, researching ceremony order. It pays off to know what you want when the wedding timeline starts closing in.
2. Get Program Covers Printed Specially and DIY the Inserts
This is my number one recommendation for programs as it allows for you to make changes to you ceremony details as close to the day as needed (though….see above) and print the inserts yourself, either at home or at a local printer. This is also a great way to save a little money, as thinner copy paper is a less-expensive alternative to the higher quality stocks most fine printers use.
These images showcase a program cover I created last fall for a wedding. The delicate letterpress printed wreath encircled the words to a hymn sung during the wedding and the backside featured the couple’s name and wedding date. I really loved how the tone-on-tone color scheme brought in some of the couple’s palette, too.
3. Pick a Fastener
As I mentioned I used a long-arm stapler to secure my inserts to the covers, but had I had more time, I would have loved to hand-tie them closed with silk ribbon or saddle-stitch them together with twine. Especially if you have a little time on your side, think though how you want your final pieces to look. If you need help deciding on a way to fasten them, ask your stationer!
4. Enlist Your Friends
Paper assembly doesn’t have to be a lonely late-night activity. Plan for a time when your wedding party will be together (like a bachelorette weekend) and prepare an assembly line. Creasing and folding papers, tying ribbon, and sipping prosecco is sure to be more fun when done with friends.
Are you planning for a spring or summer wedding? I’d love to help you think through your day-of paper.