Save paper: make these digital wedding programs #Invitation DIY#eco-friendly#invitations#programs May 22 2014 | Guest post by Jenny D Schmidt By: Denis Vahrushev – CC BY 2.0 When my sister was planning her camping-themed wedding, she was adamant that (due to budgetary constraints and DIY overload) she did not want to have traditional paper programs.As a wedding planner and officiant, I like the idea of guests having a way to follow along, and know what they could expect throughout the day. We tossed around the idea of some kind of wedding program sign, but everything we came up with seemed too difficult/costly/time-consuming. Enter the digital wedding program… How to make your digital program: 1. Use a free hosting site with mobile optimization to create a web address for your program Since we had already created a website to help guests find camping and non-camping accommodations, I created new pages on that same site for the program (we used webs.com, but there's also WordPress, etc.) If you add new pages to an existing wedding website that guests will be accessing before the day be sure to "hide" those pages from the navigation bar. I called my pages "Program" and "Program 2." 2. Design your program Suffice it to say that the design/mobile optimization options on a free wysiwyg ("what you see is what you get") hosting site are limited. The best way to get around this is to either: Related Post 50+ MORE free wedding printables and DIY wedding downloads Hey DIY-loving fiends: once upon a time, I went on a mad search for a ton of free wedding printables. We've got another giant batch... Read more Design your program yourself using some design software Use a free program generator (such as this one from The Wedding Chicks) Commission a program from a designer Or just write your timeline in Word or Google Docs and save it as an image file 3. Upload Now it's time to upload your completed program image to your program page. 4. Add links Make sure it's easy for your guests to navigate from one page of your program to the next and "publish" your page. 5. Repeat For each page of your program, repeat steps 2-4. 6. Go mobile Make sure you enable mobile website optimization so that your guests can access the program using their smartphones. 7. Find a QR Code generator Create a QR code that links to the first page of your digital program. (I used QRstuff.) 9. Use the QR code to make a sign Then frame your sign and put it at the entrance of your wedding ceremony. Are you skipping paper programs? What are you doing? 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 Jenny D Schmidt I am a stay-at-home mom who loves planning parties. My husband and I had our own offbeat wedding in a brewery a few years ago which spawned my love of all things creative, inventive and DIY! PREVIOUS Better bare-faced: Why I'm not wearing makeup at the wedding NEXT Lisa & Will's rainy rainbow festival wedding Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] That's a wonderful idea!! Unfortunately, most of our families are either too old or technologically incompetent so where that idea wouldn't fly at our wedding. 5 agree Reply Only foreseeable problem would be that not everyone has smart phones. Very cool though. I'm trying to think if adding a link as well might work but I'm not sure what flip phones are capable of. I know at least a portion of my family has them. 2 agree Reply This was my initial thought as well but then I figured it would still be worth it, if you could cut down on the number of programs that needed to be printed. Reply Exactly, assuming people with smartphones don't take all the programs, you can get by with printing only a fraction of them. And, at worst, running out of programs isn't like running out of food or anything 🙂 Reply I love this idea! Whenever I go to a wedding I want a program so I can see how much longer it will be follow along but afterwards I feel guilty about throwing away the program because I'm not into keeping that shit THE ENVIRONMENT. 12 agree Reply SO MUCH LOVE! I happen to love wedding programs. There's almost always a good 15-45 minutes of waiting at any particular wedding depending on how punctual everyone is, so I rely on the wedding program to keep me entertained. Originally, I wanted to have our wedding programs be a kind of favor as well: handmade books with photographs, quotes we love, funny or sweet anecdotes, profiles on our wedding attendants, and general thanks to everyone. However we want an almost exclusively paperless wedding. I loathe the wasted money, time, and natural resources associated with traditional paper invites, STDs and programs. And, as much as I love the handmade book idea, I am not crafty by any stretch of the imagination. Not to mention the fact that anything digital geeks me the f*&$ out! About 85% of our wedding are "plugged in" in one way or another and around 60% have iphones. I am very tech friendly and I don't want people to feel guilty about having their technology with them at our wedding. I think we're probably going to have run up a flag on this one and see how it goes over. But I'm officially in love with this idea! Reply Great idea…as long as you are okay with not having an unplugged wedding obviously. Since guests will have their phones & tablets out to follow the program, they are more likely to keep them out to take photos and live post your wedding…things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not this option is for you. Also, don't forget to make sure there is a signal/internet access where you are ahead of time…otherwise your guests wont be able to access the website! Reply I'm SO using this idea to help save on some of the printing. I decided to do a mixture….maybe have a handful of programs printed for those that do not have smartphones and the QR code. That way those who have a smartphone can look at it digitally but not leaving those out that may not be as technologically advanced as others (ex: my 80+ yr old grandmother). 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. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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