Wedding Program Fan Kits, or Start From Scratch

by dustytoes

Wedding programs, made as fans, are popular for outdoor and summertime weddings to keep guests cool throughout the ceremony. Should you make your own from scratch, or buy a kit?

Wedding ceremony programs, made to look like fans are what many couples are after when it comes to choosing a ceremony program. Whether it is printed for them, or they choose to print their own, it's a nice idea to offer guests who will sit through an outdoor marriage ceremony.

Beach themed and summer wedding events are the occasions that most call for a fan type program. Holding onto a stick and fanning away the hot air is a nice option for guests sitting in the sun on a hot day. There is no doubt that they will enjoy watching your ceremony a lot more if they are comfortable while doing so!

For a DIY wedding project, creating a custom fan program has options. Lets look at them.

DIY With a Pre-Printed Program, or Buy a Fan Kit?

Here are the options for creating your own fan program:

  • Buy paper, sticks, and glue.  Set up wording and print out paper.  Assemble fans.
  • Buy a kit which includes (kits vary), blank paper, sticks, glue and directions.  Set up wording, print and assemble.
  • Buy pre-printed (with your text) paper, decorated in your wedding theme.  Buy sticks, glue and assemble.
  • Have someone do all this for you.  (Some shops on Etsy will ship it ready made.)

Your options are to make your own wedding program fan, or buy a kit and assemble it according to their directions.  This is almost the same thing, right?  True, but what if the program itself was already printed and decorated, and you didn't need to mess with any of that?  Then all that is left is to attach it to a stick, or however you plan to present it.

Unless you know what you are doing, lining up text for a good looking program is not particularly easy.  How many font styles do you have access to?  How much ink will you need?  Will the end product look just okay, or fabulous?

What You Get in This Kit

The kit linked here will provide enough sticks and paper to create 50 fans.  It also includes glue dots and a CD with templates.  You will also get a test printing sheet and instructions.

The paper is 80# cardstock.

Be aware that the paper will be blank, plain white, - without the floral image.  All images and text will have to be designed by you. 

The Fan Building Kit From Wilton

This one includes pre-made bows.

This kit is similar to the first one I mentioned but it's created by the well-known Wilton company.   Most people recognize the name for their cake molds and decorating items.

 Each of Wilton kits can create 24 fans.  Along with the blank paper, adhesive strips and sticks, it includes white, ribbon bows which are ready made. 

The fan shape is pre-cut and can easily be created after the printing is done.  (This is according to the answered questions area on the product page.)

Wilton's Print Your Own Fan Kit Gets Good Reviews

The Wilton brand is well known, but you'll need more than one set if the wedding is large. Each kits makes 24 fans.
Wilton Print Your Own Fan Kit
$9.99  $7.99

Succulent Wedding Paper to Print Your Own Programs

We offer many types of paper from rustic Kraft to Ultra Thick.
Blank Succulent Paper
Blank Succulent Paper

Items You May Use to Put Together a Fan Program

Fan handles come in bulk (100). A corner punch can round paper corners. Glue dots are removable to re-position paper if need be.
Perfect Stix FAN8 Birchwood Wavy Fan ...EK tools Mini Corner Rounders Punch SetGlue Dots Removable Sheets Value Pack

Brides Want to Keep With the Theme of the Wedding

Buying designer paper assures good quality, personal help, and programs that will match a theme and / or color.

A number of years ago when I had just begun doing a lot of wedding products, I was contacted by a bride who wanted a "fan" for her program.  It was the first time I had ever heard of such a thing.  I work with the Zazzle site and produce items according to what products they have available.  At the time, I had to use the letterhead paper (8x11 inch size) and provide a line at the bottom for the customer to cut off the excess and create a square paper to make her own fan.

Why did she go to all that trouble?  Because she loved my design, and it matched her black wedding them.  We worked together to make just what she wanted and you can bet that no one else ever had a wedding program that looked like hers.

If the print set up and actual printing is not for you, buy your programs with the text on them.  I sell wedding programs and blank paper in my wedding stores, BlueHyd and Sandpiper Wedding.  And I will gladly make custom paper just for you.

How Easy Will it Be to Do the Printing Yourself?

Do you want to set up the text at home and then try to figure out how to get it printed correctly onto your fans?

Or will you take them to be printed someplace else for additional cost? 

How about buying your programs, already decorated with flowers or starfish or whatever.  And best of all, your wedding ceremony text will already be printed just as you want it!  It's easy and can be very inexpensive. Add the paper to stick handles if you want, but putting them together is all you will have to worry about!

Blank Paper or Printed Programs...

How Much Money Would You Save?

Purple Hydrangea Programs, With or Without Text

Comparing costs.

I have designed the paper shown above.  The images are printed on "invitation" paper.  It is good quality card-stock and would make a very pretty program.  There are many options of specialty paper and corners can be rounded (like the paper in the kit shown on this page).

The most affordable option is to choose "basic" paper and have regular corners.  But the program can be ordering in other shapes and sizes such as, round, long, square, bracket shape, and with scalloped edges.  Click on each program example above and choose the same options in paper and shape to compare the prices.  For this purple hydrangea paper there is about a ten cent difference (per item) between ordering a blank paper, or a paper with all your text printed and ready to go.

In fact all invitations and programs at the BlueHyd store can easily be ordered blank.  Simply remove all example text in every template and then place your order.  But I wonder why anyone would do that.  If it's a matter of fitting the text you want, contact us for help.  Receiving the program ready-made seems like the way to go.

The price between having text and not having text is either small or none.  I am selling the design, with the flowers and background pattern, which took time and effort to create.  And I do not sell my designs alone.  Keep in mind also that this type of paper will qualify for big discounts as the number of items goes up.    Using the type of paper shown, at 100 pieces you will save 40%.

Affordable Paper

Request a theme or decoration for paper with template text.

Want wedding programs that are most affordable?  If you don't care about the paper weight and simply want a cheap and easy program, but your own sticks and attach your own printed paper.

This is absolutely the easy and cheap way to go.  I have not made many programs on flyer or rack card paper (the two least expensive papers at Zazzle) because I don't want to fool customers into thinking it's a quality program.  The printing will be sharp and beautiful, but the weight of the paper is less than the specialty paper.  (It's the same weight as the paper offered in that kit!)

I can add any images you find in my stores, and then some (make a request), to the more affordable paper.

Flyer paper must be ordered in bulk of at least 25 sheets.  It comes in basic, 100 lb weight or value, 80 lb. weight.  There are no shape or corner options.  Discounts for bulk orders begin at 50 sheets.

Click one of the images below to get started.  

Very Affordable Flyer Paper

Change or remove the text if you prefer blank paper. (Size 5x4 inches shown with larger paper sizes available.)

Small and Casual Ceremony

Use these for programs with less text, or delete all fields and purchase with the image only.
Updated: 04/04/2016, dustytoes
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CruiseReady on 11/03/2015

What a great idea for outdoor weddings, especially in warm climates

happynutritionist on 08/06/2015

Love this idea! Wonderful for weddings in warm weather, outdoor weddings, etc.

dustytoes on 05/03/2014

DIY fans are a great idea if brides have the time, or enlist the bridal party to do it.

Mira on 05/03/2014

Fan programs sound great! I love your designs, and I think it would be easy for people to customize one of those and then glue the stick.

VioletteRose on 04/22/2014

They look really great and definitely a wonderful idea for summer weddings. The beach wedding template is so beautiful!

dustytoes on 04/20/2014

I think it's easy enough to put together a fan program, but the printing part could be tricky. Yes, I think the prices are reasonable.

WriterArtist on 04/20/2014

I haven't done any ceremony stuff by myself but the ideas presented here certainly inspire me to do so. They are very affordable too.

Deb on 04/20/2014

Great idea and options to think about!

dustytoes on 04/20/2014

@Alexandria, it sounds like you did a lot of the modern things brides do for their weddings these days. I made some "camera cards" for a bride recently.
@ Abby, I learn a lot from working directly with customers!
@younghopes, here is a new idea for you ;)
@Ologsinquito and Kathleen, thank you very much!

KathleenDuffy on 04/19/2014

What a great idea, especially for the summer! You've covered all choices and given lots of advice. Very useful and practical info!

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