Consider having your vows calligraphed or printed in on envelopes and stashing ceremony programs inside. Hang the envelopes by their flaps from satin ribbons that you knot around ceremony chairs or loop over the ends of pews. Tuck a single vivid carnation into each shimmering bow adorning aisle seats for a look that's pure poetry.
To make these programs (one letter-size sheet yields two programs), arrange your text horizontally on the page in landscape mode over four columns. Cut the sheet in half, wrap a 10-by-7/8-inch band around the center, and tape in back. Bend the ends of each program toward the center and tuck them under the band, making sure they overlap slightly.
You have the option of printing these motifs in three different shades: orange, aqua, or gray. If you want to add more visual punch, we suggest you experiment with the paper color. We chose paper in a range of soft, complementary hues like peach, coral, and pale sage for a palette that's at once soothing and arresting.
These programs feel like personal letters to your guests. For each, cut a strip of card stock, trim the corners of one end into a point, and fold ends inward to overlap. Stitch computer printed pages on a sewing machine, and seal with a sticker; we used a tree image that we printed on sticker paper.
This slim program is easy to make if you start by purchasing a booklet that is preassembled but not bound (ours is made of a vellum cover over green paper, with white pages inside). Print your text on the pages, then secure the book, as well as a card printed with the names of the bride and groom, using a sewing machine's zigzag stitch.
This simple program features letterpress text on textured paper. Have 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheets of paper professionally printed in three horizontal columns (or print text yourself using a computer); fold each sheet into thirds, creasing first with a bone folder for the cleanest lines. Then slip on a band of paper with names and wedding dates, secured with double-sided tape in the back.