We love a good wedding accent that’s both practical and pretty—a dual function useful to both the guests and your wedding décor. Case in point: the wedding program fan!
Perfect for a summer wedding, a handheld fan will help your guests beat the heat away. And when said fan features the wedding program, it becomes even more handy. You can attach the program to the fan with a dainty string of twine or pretty curl of ribbon, which is often fitting if using a woven fan. But if you opt for a wooden or paper fan, the wedding program can be painted or printed right on it! Not only does this look creative, it’ll prevent you from having to add separate wedding programs to your stationery list—combining two in one makes for a budget-savvy, eco-friendly move.
Wedding program fans lend a lot of leeway in terms of design. Add watercolor illustrations or a hand-painted map of the venue for a customized touch or complete the look with a popsicle stick handle or fun little tassel.
Just take a look at these wedding program fans to see how it’s done!
This coastal Italian wedding is all summertime elegance with underlying tropical tones. Woven wedding program fans placed on stylish white chairs perfectly encapsulated such vibes while keeping everyone cool.
Why attach your wedding program to a fan when they can be one? Fans made of holly oak, mauve wood, and almond bear a delicate palette. One side boasts a hand-painted illustration of the venue, while the other is adorned with program details and decorative floral designs.
Otomi printed paper fans are a festive way to cool down guests at a Mexico destination wedding. Mirror its bold colors with vibrant pink and orange ribbons for an extra bit of flair.
These wedding program fans keep a classic look with white paper and elegant calligraphy, but lush blush tassels take them to the next level. Place them in a wicker basket accented with peach roses for a chic display.
Use Popsicle Sticks
Popsicle sticks are summertime fun! They not only transform a wedding program into a fan, they also give a playful nod to the season. This wedding program keeps things summery with a mint and white color palette.
Tie your wedding program to your fan to ensure they stick together! Don’t be afraid to go big on color and texture. Bold magenta and yellow ribbon pop against a natural weave for a tropical flair.
Create Spanish Flair
A traditional accordion paper fan framed in navy trim and a matching cobalt blue wedding program take on a Marbella chic theme for a Spanish-style wedding.
Stick With Simplicity
Stick with simplicity by fixing a minimalist white wedding program to a woven fan for a neutral, natural palette. Place them on equally white ceremony chairs for a timeless look that allows the surrounding venue to shine.
Channel autumn’s moody vibes with a black wedding program fan featuring a rich floral print in a burgundy palette.
Masculine meets feminine with an emerald green marble print that makes a sophisticated statement and a bright pink tassel. We love how this wedding program fan matches the menu, tying in the design throughout the wedding.
We love a good minimalist design, and these wedding program fans nail it. White paper and a classic black type is all they need for an uber-cool, stylish feel. We envision these fanning guests amid an equally minimalist, organic-inspired ceremony.
Channel Southern Charm
This wedding program and fan has some straight-up Southern charm. Add a sweet touch to a woven fan by wrapping its holder in thick, white ribbon, finished off with a bow.
Look to Nature
This nature-inspired wedding program fan takes a cue from summer’s lush, green trees with a foliage illustration. Watercolor leaves frame the newlyweds’ names for a botanical touch, while a dainty white bow adds a hint of sweetness.
Paint a Map
Creativity can transform your wedding program fans into a masterpiece. This one brings the venue to life with a detailed map of the ceremony and reception’s key sites. The picture continues on the other side, with a timeline told in whimsical symbols and font. A wooden handle completes the look with a polished touch.
Go For Accordion-Style
Wedding programs get fun when they’re printed on an accordion fan! This one is all about the glam with a gilded exterior that opens up to a program boasting a red-printed botanical design. This style of fan also makes for a great wedding party favor, but if that doesn’t float your boat, here are a few other goodie ideas your guests can take home.
Keep reading for more program inspiration that's perfect for every wedding season.