When planning an outside-summer wedding in the South, a bride has to prepare for the heat and humidity. As I was putting together our ceremony, I was constantly thinking about ways to minimize that heat factor. I decided to reduce the heat and hopefully create a little breeze, for our guests, by turning the ceremony programs into fans!
This was another Do-It-Yourself project, and I started this project in Microsoft Word. I created a document using a table, with a double lined-green boarder that mimicked our invitations. I also used the same fonts and diverse text directions found in the invitations.
I printed each side of the programs on cream cardstock. Timothy took the 200+ printed-card stock pages to work and cut them down using a large paper cutter.
Using a “decorative-scrapbook-corner paper punch” (I have no idea what those little scrapbook gadgets are really called), I created rounded corners.
I have to give Natalie Vereen-Davis credit for introducing me to the no-wrinkle glue stick!
I used an Elmer’s No-Wrinkle glue stick to glue the front side of the program to the back side of the program, leaving a small section, in the center of the bottom, unglued to insert the fan handle.
I ordered 125 wooden-fan handles on Etsy.com for less than $10 total (shipping and all). I added a small dot of the no-wrinkle glue to the end of each handle and carefully slid it between the two sides of the program.
This particular project was a bit time consuming, and at times I felt like the pile of unfinished fans was never ending, but in the end it was totally worth the money saved.
photo by Heather Watkins
I really loved finding ways to coordinate all the little details in my DIY projects, and luckily this little detail didn’t just look pretty, it was useful too! Our programs were simple, but yet again they were perfect for the vibe and theme of our wedding day.