A budget-friendly, low-impact, wedding program-alternative #Decor DIY#Decor Porn#diy wedding#outdoor#programs#steal-this-idea December 30 | Megan Finley meganfinley Tribe member Martha Kelly came up with a pretty cool program alternative for her down-home cookout/wedding. She explains, Although I didn't want a super traditional wedding, I did like the idea of recognizing important people who have played a part in your life and the wedding. Traditional programs did not fit the bill for me because I wasn't having a wedding that needed all the bells and whistles explained, and I hate the idea of making all those pamphlets that will just get thrown in the trash. So she decided, instead, to make one BIG photo program, using rolls of carpenters paper (the kind they put down not to mess up the floors), a Sharpie and some family photos… Martha's husband welded up the stakes to hang the posters and they used bailing twine to anchor everything. Martha attached the pictures with photo corners, so after the ceremony, the photos were then handed out to family members to take home. Thanks to Martha for this affordable, low-impact, program-alternative! This idea has a lot of potential, I'm curious to see all the different ways you OBBs could take this idea and run. And if anyone else out there has cool program-alternative ideas… leave 'em in the comments… Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS Chelsea & Edward's cozy, Druid, handfasting wedding NEXT Maureen & Ian's vintage New Year's wedding with light sabers! Toggle comments [ 15 ] I too am keen to avoid printing lots of paper that will get thrown out and look forward to hearing others' ideas In the meantime, I'm having a hard think about what people really need to have written down for them and what information could be given orally instead or on a posterboard (thanks, Martha, for reinforcing that for me!), while still making sure that people have something to take home as a souvenir, if that's what they really want. 1 agrees Reply My beau and I were planning on getting a sweet antique-y frame with a white, cork, or black board that we could reuse at home for organizing the household, no paper needed! 11 agree Reply This is a great idea! My partner and I have considered this idea for a "message center" in our future home so it would be great to make a giant blackboard for our wedding since we would definitely keep using it. Here's a great link about how to make your own: http://www.joydevivre.net/Joy_de_Vivre/Blog/Entries/2009/12/2_DIY_Chalkboard_Signs.html You can also make your own chalkboard paint (hello, wedding colors!): http://www.marthastewart.com/article/make-custom-color-chalkboard-paint 2 agree Reply Maybe blackboards with a similar thing?! I love the look of blackboards… Plus, I'll be a teacher by then, and whiteboards don't really have the same appeal. Still, I hadn't considered not doing a program-for-everyone until now, so thanks! 0 agree Reply I'd love to hear more about Martha's wedding… especially the "cookout" part! 4 agree Reply Hopefully I will have some time soon to post some more about the wedding. I have a little more post on the tribe right now if you are interested. We were hoping everyone would enjoy coming to a cookout with a few minutes of a wedding thrown in! 1 agrees Reply Congrats!! I'm so excited to see your pictures becasue the Rhinecliff is a venue I'm looking at. I'd be interested to hear how you felt about the venue itself. 0 agree Reply Congratulations! This is an interesting idea… 0 agree Reply Love this idea! I have to admit that my program alternative was born out of laziness along with the desire to create a bit less waste. I bought a multi photo frame from a craft store and printed pictures of each member of the wedding party with their name and role underneath. We placed the frame on the guestbook table so that each guest would see the wedding party and be able to put a face with a name. Not only did it save paper, it was easy to transport and now sits on a bookshelf in our home. Thanks for sharing! 10 agree Reply I LOVE this idea. 0 agree Reply I haven't priced this out yet, but since our wedding is outside in the July heat of Tennessee, our programs are going to be printed on fans! Useful and people can take them and use them again. 5 agree Reply That's awesome! 0 agree Reply I'm going the fan route too, being married in the middle of summer will mean it will be used all day and night! 1 agrees Reply we are getting married in April, the day after Arbor Day. (I am a bit of a tree hugger) We have chosen to e-mail as many wedding invites as possible as well as use only 100% recycled paper or seed paper for the things we do need to print. For our Program we are doing a power point presentation on our church's media screen to cut on the use of paper. The plan is for the presentation to be played as we process in. 1 agrees Reply Love this idea! So glad we saw it and so going to give it a try out. I really wanted to use butcher paper as table runners but the future Mister did not like the idea. But with this program idea he's all for using it, so I get my butcher paper incorporated after all 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.