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5 Simple Steps to Make a Wedding Program Fan on Your Own

5 Steps to Make a Wedding Program Fan on Your Own
A customized wedding program fan is all the rave as it incorporates your ceremony details and keeps your guests cool on a warm day. With only 5 easy steps, you can make your own wedding program fan that won't break your budget.
Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: Jun 7, 2017
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Summer weddings are a hoot, but there's always a concern that troubles brides-to-be―the guests struggling to keep themselves cool in the heat. A genius answer to the issue is providing them with a paper paddle fan that has the wedding program printed on it. We all know that weddings cost mucho dinero; and by adding the word 'customized' into the mix can stretch the budget. In order to overcome this dilemma, you can choose to make the wedding ceremony program fans by yourself.

Once you finalize the order of your ceremony, you can begin creating these adorable, decorative, and functional fans. And to help you with the project, we have compiled the steps in the following section.
How to Make a Wedding Program Fan
If you don't want to wait until the last moment to make the program fans, get a head start by deciding the design and layout for your program that will go on the fan. This way, you can go straight to the printer, type in the necessary details, and get things rolling as quickly as possible.
Step 1 - Print a customized wedding program fan template
You can choose to place an order for the templates or browse through different sites to download a free custom template. With a wide range of variety in colors, fonts, designs, wordings, fonts, textures, and patterns, this is going to be one of the most time-consuming tasks. While browsing through various samples, make sure you finalize a design in your wedding colors only.
Print custom wedding program fan template
Apart from colors, designs, and fonts, you can also pick the shape and size for the fans as well. Basically, there are no limits when it comes to either of these criteria, as you are the one who decides what it will look like. There are a few sites that allow you to customize a template before you download it. On the other hand, you can select the option of personalizing the template on a Word document. Fill in the details, as in the program wordings before you hit the "print" option. Use card stock to print the programs as it is a thicker and more durable paper.

* Depending on the number of programs you want to print for the guests, keep at least 10 - 15 extra printouts as well. This is because while cutting or gluing the programs, you may make a few mistakes here and there.
Step 2 - Cut the template into two sections (front and back)
Cut trim wedding program fan
Very carefully, you need to carefully cut each printout into two separate sections―front and back. Using the scissors, trim the edges of the papers into any shape you like.

Once cut and trimmed, all the wedding programs have to be of the same height and width. So be very, very careful during this step.
Step 3 - Glue the lolly stick to the back of the front side
Glue lolly stick onto front program fan
Now it's time to place each lolly stick at the back of the front program fan side. Use a pencil and ruler to mark the center of the fan so that the final product doesn't appear mismatched.

If you fear that the glue might crumple the fans, you can use a double-sided tape instead to secure the lolly sticks onto the program fans.
Step 4 - Apply glue all around the edges
Wait for the glue to dry completely before you secure the other side onto the lolly stick.
Apply glue on program fan edges
Glue lolly stick onto back program fan
Working your way from top to bottom, lay down the entire back page onto the front page in one swift motion. Make sure you avoid bending the page while securing it in position as it will help eliminate creases.
Step 5 - Glue the embellishments onto the fans
Dress up the fans with a decorative ribbons to create bows, or glue fabric or dried flowers directly underneath the wedding program fan handles.
Wedding program fan with bow
Wedding program fan with dried flower
To get things moving as quickly as possible, create an assembly line with your maid of honor and bridesmaids for each step. This way, each person can concentrate on a single task and perfect it.
Apart from the fan paddle idea, you can also have the wedding programs shaped like an actual fan.
Wedding program fan sample
All you have to do is select a customized design and font for the program fans, print as many programs as you need (plus 10 - 15 extra), and trim around the edges. Finally, tie ribbons at the bottom ends of the fans that match your wedding colors.
Every wedding ceremony is unique, and perhaps taking that into consideration, you too have thought of incorporating certain wedding traditions into yours. To help keep your family and friends involved and informed throughout the ceremony, these personalized fans are a wonderful idea. Plus, they get to take it home afterward as a keepsake.