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One of the tasks to be completed for your wedding is the printing of the wedding program to be handed to each guest as they arrive at the wedding. When people think about wedding programs, they typically think of a folded program that opens like a book. The program is usually printed on nice, quality paper, often with a wedding emphasis. This type of program is beautiful and very popular. However, if you want something special for your wedding without going into any more expense, you should consider a scroll program.

A scroll program is a single page, usually on paper that appears to be aged, and rolled up in a scroll like the one you would find from the Roman Empire era. You can order the scroll programs from the same stationary store where you had your invitations printed but better yet, you can make them yourself. An excellent option is to gather our bridal party, as well as close family and friends, and have a girls night where you have a party and make your programs. They are easy and inexpensive to make and by doing the project as a team, you will have a great time with the people important in your life. To make the scroll programs, you will need the following materials:
  • Quality paper, light in color (cream or ecru is best)
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Bowl of water
  • Teabags
  • Wooden sticks
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
The idea with the teabags is that you want to give the scrolls an aged look. Using your computer before the gathering, you want to create the print in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, keeping the formatting consistent with the style and the size of print with the size of paper (8 x 11 inches). The top of the scroll will have the name of the bride followed by the name of the grooms parents. Below that, the wedding date, the names of the brides parents, the grooms name, and the names of the wedding party. After that, the names of other members would be listed such as vocalist, musician, guest book attendant, minister, candleholders, reader, and so on. If you have enough room, you might add a brief paragraph providing directions to the wedding, otherwise, roll up a separate smaller scroll with directions.

You may have to alternate the font size to accommodate all the information. Play with the look until you find something that looks nice. Keep in mind that you do not have to be a professional graphic artist to make program scrolls, which is why this project is so great. Once you have the look the way you like it, save the file and then print one copy to confirm it looks right on the page. When everything is good, print out the number of programs to match the number of guests invited. You should probably print about 20 extra just in case.

After all of the scrolls have been printed, take them with you to the party and now the funs starts. You can set up several tables and divide the scrolls evenly among the groups. Put a bowl of tap water at each table and add two teabags. After the tea has started to seep in the water, turning it a golden brown to amber color, squeeze the bags and toss them out. If you want a smooth scroll, you would want to dip it through the water being careful not to crinkle it. If you want a crumpled scroll program, then you can wad the paper in a loose ball and then dip it in the tea water. The nice aspect of crumpling the paper is that the creases will be darker, giving the scrolls a unique look. You do not want to soak the paper, as it will start to tear and fall apart. Instead, you will dip it and then take it out. The tea gives the paper a nice aged look, perfect for a scroll.

Once the scrolls have been taken out of the water, gently dap off any excess water with a paper towel and then set aside to dry, which will take about 30 minutes. During this time, all the women can take a margarita break or work on another project. Once dry, use glue like Elmers and run a line at the top, inside of the paper, press one of the sticks firmly, roll the paper around once to cover the wood, and allow the glue to dry. Do the same for the bottom. When the glue is completely dry, the scroll is rolled up evenly from the bottom and the top so they meet in the middle. Tie a ribbon around the middle using color that coordinates with your wedding. Guests will love the unique program and you will have had a great time making them.

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