3 Steps to a Stylish Wedding Program Fan

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1 Stick, 2 Cards, and a Bit of Adhesive. . .

. . . Is all you need to make a stylish program fan for your wedding! How easy is that? To make it even easier, we’ve provided you with free downloadable Microsoft Word templates, step by step instructions, and of course all the fabulous paper you could ask for!

To make one of these trendy program fans for your wedding, just choose your cards (oh so many cool colors, textures, and finishes to choose from), download and customize the Word templates, and follow the step by step instructions.

Whether you are having a warm weather wedding, are getting married inside of an overheated or crowded venue, or just plain like the idea of having programs on sticks (yes, they are pretty fun), these program fans are perfect for you! Let’s get started!

Materials To Customize Program Fan Design

Single Cut Blank Cards

8 Inch Wavy Wooden Fan Handle


Download Templates


1. Download + Customize Templates

Begin by downloading (above) and customizing the program fan Word templates. 5.5 x 8.5 inch templates for both the front and back sides of the program are present in the download file.

Customize by experimenting with colors and fonts, and changing sample wording and details to your own.

Fonts We Used
The font in the template is Arial, as it is one that is on every operating system. If you want to replicate the look shown in the example, use the following fonts:

  • Century Gothic small caps (ceremony details) – On most operating systems
  • Mr De Haviland (script text) – A free download from Google Web Fonts

How to Edit the Decorative Dividing Lines
To edit the lines in the template, just double click on the line. This will bring up a menu that allows you to change line color, weight, and style.

download and customize program fan templates

2. Print Front + Back Cards

Once your Word document looks good to you, you’re ready to print, and you’re almost half way done!

To Print

  • Be sure the weight/finish/texture of your cards is compatible with your printer
  • Set the custom size in your print driver to 5.5 x 8.5*
  • Print away!

*How to Print Custom Sized Cards on Using Your Home Computer and Printer

printed metallic cards for program fans

3. Finally, Glue, Glue, Glue!

Or tape, tape, tape, whatever you prefer. Your final step is to assemble your program fans using the adhesive of your choice.

We find that ZipDry Paper Glue and double sided tape dots work well for a strong, wrinkle free fan, but you can use anything you like so long as you use the adhesive properly:

  • Cover about half the stick in glue/tape (less if you want a longer handle)
  • Adhere the stick to the unprinted side of one card
  • Trace the perimeter of that card with tape/glue (don’t forget the stick!)
  • Adhere the blank side of the other card to the glue

Yup, that’s all there there is to it! You are done!

steps to assemble program fan

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  1. Linda Wert says:

    I cannot get your program fan template to download

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Linda,

      Were you having trouble opening the zip file? If so, I have sent the templates to the email address you provided. Please let us know if you have any questions!

  2. Naomi says:

    Very detailed & understandable instructions!

  3. Ashley says:

    The zip files will not open. My computer asked for some sort of encrypting code to help it open correctly. Could you send it in another format instead of the zip files? The design is fabulous and I’d love to use it! Thanks so much!

    • Kristen says:

      I have just sent you the unzipped Word templates Ashley. Please let me know if you have any questions!

  4. Melissa says:

    Can you please send me the file too as I am having a difficult time downloading the file!

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Melissa,

      I have just sent these to you. Please let me know if you have any questions!

  5. gina says:

    Hello I would like to download your template. I cant not download it.what does it come with? i was a little confused on the description on what you are buying. Myy wedding is This Aug 10th less then a month away, will i be able to order it and get here in time. thank you Gina

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Gina,

      You likely just need to install a program to “unzip” files to open this, but in the mean time, I have sent them directly to your email.

      The template file includes Microsoft Word templates for both the front and back sides of the fan for you to customize with your own information and print on on any A9 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 blank cards of your choice. To make your own program fans, you jsut need:

      All orders placed before 3pm EST Monday through Friday ship the same day, so you can have your materials quickly. Exact shipping times will vary with your location and the shipping method you choose.