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Ultimate Guide to Wedding Signs

Updated: Apr 2

Find my FREE Wedding Signage Checklist at the bottom of the page!

From Welcome Signs to Seating Charts to Signature Cocktails

Hey there! If you're diving into the wonderful world of wedding planning, you've probably come across a whole slew of wedding signage. These beautifully crafted signs not only add a touch of elegance to your big day but also serve as helpful guides for your guests. And they allow couples to really show off their unique story to their friends and family as well! So, let's dive into the ultimate guide to wedding signage, covering everything from welcome signs to seating charts, and everything in between.

Wedding welcome sign on a gold framed mirror

Welcome Signs: Setting the Tone

First up, let's talk about welcome signs. These beauties are the first thing your guests see as they arrive, setting the tone for the night to come. Whether you're going for rustic charm or modern elegance, your welcome sign should reflect your unique wedding style, as well as your unique story as a couple. Think about incorporating your wedding colors, favorite quotes, or even a cute illustration that captures your personalities. Two travel-obsessed fiancés? Incorporate a map of some of your favorite visited locations. Maybe you’re both Swifties? Let TayTay welcome your guests with a favorite song lyric. Or if you’re keeping things traditional and timeless, consider incorporating floral illustrations that reference your wedding flowers as a beautiful way to level up the simplicity of a welcome sign.

Full length mirror seating chart decorated with flowers

Seating Charts: Finding Their Spot

Seating charts have really seen a huge increase in popularity over the last 10 years. They are the newer replacement for traditional escort cards that turn seating assignments into a beautiful moment to impress your guests. These handy charts help your guests find their seats with ease, eliminating the chaos of the seating scramble. And without a table full of little tented cards, you don’t have to worry about a disheveled, half-empty escort card display halfway through the evening!

When designing your seating chart, consider factors like table layouts, guest preferences, and of course, your overall wedding theme. Keep in mind how many guests you’re having, and where the seating chart will be displayed to avoid a large crowd of guests causing a bottleneck situation. Whether you opt for a classic alphabetical list or get fancy with a themed display, make sure it fits seamlessly into your venue decor. You can keep it simple with a stunning seating chart hand-lettered on a mirror, or get a little extra with a champagne wall where the seating assignments are on a drink tag. There are endless ways to have a little fun and express yourselves as a couple through your seating chart!

A signature drink sign with three drinks, including one for the couples golden retriever.  Includes illustrations of the drinks and the dog

Signature Drink Signs: Toasting to Love

These days, what's a wedding without a signature cocktail or two? Signature drink signs add a touch of flair to your bar area, enticing guests to sip on your specially crafted concoctions. Have fun finding delicious cocktails that coincide with the theme of your wedding! Maybe you are a margarita-lover, while your partner is a whiskey-afficionado. Show these little details of your personality off with your cocktails of the night.

Don’t stop there though— get creative with naming your drinks too! Perhaps a "Blushing Bride" or a "Groom's Old Fashioned"? Include a brief description of each drink to pique your guests' interest and leave them excited to try something new. For added charm, consider incorporating personalized cocktail illustrations or playful drink puns. Or make your cocktail an ode to your fur-baby with a dedicated drink named after Fido!

Black sign with gold leaf instructing guests to leave bride and groom a message on a special phone set up

Custom Signs: A Reflection of Your Love Story

Last but not least, let's talk about little details through custom signs! Get creative with typography and design to match your overall wedding theme, and try to think of any area of your wedding that might need a little direction or just a little moment of fun. Consider a sign to direct your guests to your cards and gifts display, as well as your guestbook. Having a Photo Booth or a special phone to leave you a message? Make sure guests know what to do! Are you including a special display to remember your loved ones who are no longer with us? A beautifully worded sign can add a sweet touch to your remembrance. And let’s not forget to have a little fun! Some cute and playful signs for your guests in the restrooms, by the bar, or outside on a veranda is a way to keep things fun, playful, and cohesive in every area of your big day!

Designing Wedding Signs: Let Your Creativity Flow

Now, let's talk about the fun part – designing your wedding signs! Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or prefer to leave it to the pros, there's no shortage of options to explore. If you're going the DIY route, gather your materials and let your creativity run wild. From paintbrushes to calligraphy pens, the world is your oyster. Not feeling the DIY vibe? No worries! There are plenty of talented professionals out there ready to bring your vision to life. Not to mention, a professional will also save you hours and hours of work leading up to your wedding.

Jumbo crossword puzzle for guests at a wedding to fill out during cocktail hour with a dry erase marker

Placement and Display Tips: Putting It All Together

Last but not least, let's talk about placement and display tips. Once you've got your gorgeous signs ready to go, it's time to strategically place them throughout your venue. Think about high-traffic areas where guests are likely to see them, like near the entrance or at the bar. Make sure signs that area likely to gather a crowd, such as a seating chart or Photo Booth directional sign, are in an area that won’t block traffic. And don't forget about cohesive design – make sure your signs complement the overall aesthetic of your wedding decor. Need some guidance? Consult with your venue coordinator or wedding planner for expert advice on sign placement.

And there you have it – the ultimate guide to wedding signage! Whether you're welcoming guests with a charming sign, guiding them with directional pointers, or helping them find their seats with a stylish chart, wedding signage plays a key role in ensuring a smooth and memorable celebration. So go ahead, let your creativity shine, and have fun designing your dream wedding signs!

Stay tuned for more wedding planning tips and inspiration, and don't hesitate to reach out if you need a hand with your signage – we're here to help make your big day absolutely perfect.

xoxo, Amy

Still not sure where to start? Not to worry! I’ve created a Free Wedding Signage Checklist to help give you a jumping off point for ideas and tips.


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