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:
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.
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 QR wedding 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 and making a QR code wedding program? What are you doing?