Your programs = paper airplanes #Invitation DIY#invitations#programs October 16 2007 | Guest post by katie diamond Photo by katie diamond If you're hemming and hawing over where to put your wedding money, just remember the above picture if you're considering selling the farm for things like wedding programs. If you're opting not to make your own invitations, one piece of advice I have is to get one fancy set for a keepsake (if you ask, some invitation folks will do the proof in the fancy stuff), then do the rest in a more cost-effective manner. For example, get one letterpressed or engraved invitation, and then have the rest thermographed or flat printed. The (approximate) 50% savings are staggering and just as nice. We designed our programs, had them printed up at the local print shop, then gathered a trusty sweatshop to assemble them. i think the total cost of printing and cutting 100 programs in half was around — $8? i checked out a DIY wedding website for ideas on how to do them, and if i remember correctly, they were charging around $2.50 per program — the package included the two pieces of fancy paper with the program info on them and a wood stick to glue in the middle, but you still had to assemble them yourself. Moral of the story? Pretty much, no matter how gorgeous the majority of paper goods you cash out on may be, they're going to end up in the recycle bin. Wedding programs: are they really needed? Seriously. Are they? Our ceremony will be 20-30 minutes long max. And if my partner could get his way, it’d be done in 5. There will be some talking, some… Read More 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 katie diamond PREVIOUS Considering wedding debt NEXT Katie's at-home Washington wedding Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] Hmmm – we designed our own invitations and had them printed by Vistaprint, and put all our wedding details online for guests to refer to. We're not having any other stationery, except maybe placecards. Saved us a bundle of time, effort, paper and cash! Reply Katie..Spencer's plan was to fly these DURING the ceremony…John told him he might want to rethink that! : ) Hence…under the chair they went. : ) Reply Since programs end up as paper airplanes anyway, why not make that your theme? Do up some paper airplane programs and pass them out that way? That might be fun ..and funny… I do see your point though. I spent hours doing up my STDs and in the end, whats the point really? lol. I should have just done somethign up quickly and not spent soo much effort on THAT. Reply Hey Gin! that is stinkin' hilarious! I had no idea that's how the airplanes came to be–how sweet of Spencer to think of something so festive to do in our honor! Reply I guess I wont be having this fancy paper at my wedding in Dec. What a waste Reply Our wedding is going to be outdoors in August when its really hot. I was thinking for our programs, of cutting out a simple fan shape out of card stock and running a pretty ribbon threw the bottom. I figure they will be using the programs to fan theirselves anyways. Reply Going with the paper airplane trend, you could encourage the youngsters, or other people waiting for the ceremony, to have a competition, see who could design the plane that goes the farthest. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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.