How to Decorate Hand Fans for a Wedding


Outdoor weddings can be beautiful, but the heat and humidity can be uncomfortable for guests to sit in as they watch the bride and groom exchange vows. Make decorated wedding hand fans for your guests to ease their discomfort. Hand fans were a mainstay at Southern churches and funeral homes due to lack of air conditioning. The hand fan dates back thousands of years to the Egyptians who used them in ceremonies. Bring the hand fan into the present day by decorating them for your wedding.

Things You'll Need

  • Printer
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Rounded corner punch
  • Ribbon

Decorative Printing

  • Select what you would like to print on your wedding fan. Create a custom monogram using the bride and groom’s initials or print a large initial for the couple’s last name on the fan. Print the wedding program on the fan so the guests do not have as many things to hold. Choose a photo, such as an engagement photo, of the couple and have it printed on the fan. Couples may opt to have a favorite song’s lyrics or poem on the fan.

  • Print your chosen verbiage or images onto card stock. You can print it yourself on a laser printer or you can take it to a print shop to have it printed.

  • Consider using metallic ink for the printing. Gold and silver are traditional metallic wedding colors, but don't forget about other hues of metallic ink such as blues, pinks and greens.


  • Accentuate certain printed words, such as your monogram, by applying a small amount of glitter onto the lettering. Run a thin line of glue around the letter you are highlighting. Sprinkle glitter onto the glue and shake off the excess.

  • Use a scrapbook punch to round the corners of the fan. Clip the corners with a rounded corner punch for a softer look.

  • Glue a jewel at the base of the handle for extra glitz.

  • Purchase pre-drilled tongue depressors or over-sized popsicle sticks for the handles. The manufacturer drills a hole at the end of the stick which allows you to tie a thin ribbon through the hole. Incorporate your wedding colors into the fan decoration by using a satin ribbon that matches the bridesmaids' dresses. Tie the ribbon in a bow or thread it through and knot it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have your fans cut into a circle for a distinctive fan shape.

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