{DIY} Newspaper Wedding Program

Yesterday was my 6th anniversary with my hubby. 
I posted our wedding images a couple days ago.

Today I want to share with you my favorite part of the wedding details— The Program. 
I was a Journalism major in college and really wanted to incorporate that love with my wedding. I didn’t think I’d be able to afford it, but a friend gifted me the money for the programs as a wedding gift. It was an expensive wedding detail…. but, it was SO worth it.
Two weeks before the wedding my husband (to be) and I gathered photos, discussed story options, created content, and put together an entire 6-page newspaper about us and our wedding. It was so fun seeing guests pulling out the newspapers and reading them during the event. Some of my favorite photos were of guests looking through the newspapers. One guest who arrived late was confused by the whole thing and said, “I can’t believe someone was reading a newspaper during your ceremony!”

Made me smile.

After 6-years in storage these guys look a little faded and wrinkled… but, are still in pretty great shape.
How we did it: 
—We used QuarkXpress to create the page layout for the newspaper. But, you could also use Adobe InDesign to set this up for a newspaper printer. You can create something similar in a word processor and get it printed in large format at local printer rather than a newspaper printer.
—We used a local newspaper printer to print the papers. The thing about newspaper printers is that you have to print in reams… this particular printer could only print in reams of 1,000 papers. Our guest list was 150. We still have hundreds of papers leftover. This isn’t a project for someone who doesn’t love newspapers. 
—Standard dimensions of a newspaper broadsheet is about 15 inches wide by 22¾ inches long, though some have shrunk it to 12 inches instead of 15. Tabloids come in smaller sizes. I found an online printing source for tabloid newspaper prints. But, I have never used them so I’m not recommending…just sharing a source. Let me know if you’ve used them! 
—We gathered stories from our relationship, our plans for the honeymoon, the schedule for the wedding, tidbits of information about our wedding party, a cartoon, and created a game. 

What story would you write about if you made yourself a wedding newspaper?

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Jenni is a freelance writer and media assistant based in Portland, OR. A Well Crafted Party is a blog about all the little things to celebrate in life. Follow Jenni or A Well Crafted Party with BlogLovin, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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    • Sam
    • June 7, 2012

    These are seriously amazing!!

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    This is such a cute idea! They look awesome. What did you do with all of the extra papers?

    • Shirley@bells-bakery
    • June 8, 2012

    I love this idea! Happy anniversary to you both!

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    Oh my word! That’s so incredibly cool!!! I usually think programs are silly since no one really needs to know the order of a wedding service. Yours was so creative!!!

  3. Omigod, what an amazing idea!! And it looks so great! Would be such an awesome thing to have at a wedding!

    • Greg
    • October 7, 2015

    Jen, I know this is an old post, but the idea is great. We have a friend getting married soon and were looking for an idea like this. We did find a company that will print tabloid newspapers for only 100 or 200 copies (www.makemynewspaper.com). Thought it might be of interest to you. There is another (Newsfavor), but they seem to have gone out of business. Definitely going to recommend this idea, thanks for the post.

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    Such a great idea! Love wedding newspapers.

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