When it comes to wedding day signage, is there really such a thing as having too many signs? We don’t think so. It’s important to let your guests know where everything is, what’s happening, where they are expected to sit, and how they can get involved in all the fun you have planned for them. What better way to do that than with signs that show off your style and wit?
If you’re wondering where to start with your wedding signs, don’t worry; we’ve put together a detailed list of all the signage you may want to include for your guests. Whether you choose to use all of them, or just a few, you can be sure your signs won’t go unappreciated, so have some fun with it!
Popular Types of Signs & Uses
This sign is meant to be placed at the entrance of the wedding ceremony and can be moved to the cocktail hour and/or reception location when needed. No need to create two separate signs! You can keep this simple and direct, and write a message as short as, “Welcome friends and family!” or just, “Welcome!” Or, you can get more detailed and put your first and last names on it, the date, the time of the ceremony, and anything else you want to share. It’s up to you how detailed you want to get with it, but sometimes too much information can be confusing, so it’s best to keep it relatively short and sweet.
Ceremony Décor sign
Help guests take their seats for your ceremony without pressure about which side to sit on. A “Pick a Seat, Not a Side” sign is a great way to make it clear guests can sit anywhere they like.
Ceremony Carry Signs
Your ring bearer or flower girl can carry a “Here Comes the Bride” sign, or your choice of announcing your arrival sign, making a sweet addition to your child attendant’s appearance. Get creative with your signs by including quotes or nicknames and placing them on hats, baskets, or even their attire. Just make sure they’re visible to everyone!
You definitely don’t want anyone wandering around the reception area trying to figure out where to find things. You can set various signs around your wedding venue grounds to direct guests to the ceremony, cocktail party, reception, photo booth, restroom, and bar. Remember; although you may have the place memorized by heart, your guests will likely be visiting your venue for the first time.
Tell your guests what’s happening and when, so they’ll be in the right places at the right times.
Wedding Hashtag Sign
Did your wedding even happen if no one posts about it on social media with the appropriate hashtags? If you’re creative enough to come up with a custom hashtag for your special day, be sure to share it with your guests with a sign so they can use it when sharing photos from the day.
Cocktail Party Welcome Sign
Want to encourage your guests to eat and drink up at your cocktail party/hour? You can accomplish this with a simple “Welcome”, “Enjoy”, “Feast”, or “Mingle’ sign to create a festive atmosphere and to remind them there’s food and drinks available.
Cocktail Party Menu Sign
This sign lets guests know what’s on your wedding catering menu for your cocktail party, so they know to search out their favorite dishes at your cocktail party stations, as well as know what your wedding venue’s servers are presenting by hand on platters.
Cocktail/Reception Bar List
This sign shares the vintages of your wines, your microbrew beers, signature drinks, and cocktails, as well as bubbly options. Be sure to tell guests ahead of time if there will be a cash bar only, and a reminder to tip your bartender is always welcomed by the bar crew!
Gift Table Sign
Let your guests know where to place gifts and cards as they enter the reception area. Otherwise, you could end up collecting them from all over the venue.
Guest Book Sign
There are so many ways you can have guests sign their names so you can remember they were a part of your special day. Whatever you do, be sure to make a sign directing people to the writing utensils, any specific instructions, and where to sign their names to ensure you get as many guests as possible to participate.
Family Photos/Remembrance Table Sign
Share family photos or photos of the two of you over the years with your guests by designating a table to display them all. Let people know with a simple sign that says, “Our Love Story”, “The Happy Couple”, or, “Look at Us”.
Let guests know where to go and what to do, such as where they can find props and instant cameras if you have them. You can also let them know where they can find the photos once they’ve been printed or posted online.
Newlyweds Chair Signs
Having a Sweetheart table is always fun, and you can reserve your seats with “Bride” and “Groom”, “Bride” and “Bride”, or “Groom and Groom” signs. You could also create “His” and “Hers” signs, or get creative and write “Lucky Me” or “Lucky Him” and “Lucky Her”...the possibilities are endless.
Dessert bar signs like “A Sweet Ending” or specifically for labeling dessert names or dietary restrictions will help guide your guests toward all the treats after dinner is over.
Share that you’ve made a charitable donation in lieu of favors, or create a sign sharing your edible favor details, such as truffle flavors and other fun treats.
Additional Miscellaneous Signage
Let everyone know what time it’s going down and where to find the sparklers!
Want your guests to throw confetti or bubbles at the ceremony or when they leave the reception? Let guests know what your plan is and where to find the supplies.
Shuttle Schedule Sign
Letting guests know when to expect transportation helps those planning on cutting out early avoid having to find the newlyweds (or planner) to inquire about transportation.
Custom Neon Signs
Just for fun, you can use custom neon signs throughout the venue with your names on them or fun sayings, or anything at all!
Marquee Letters and Words
Add a little elegance and style to your décor with fancy letters and/or words to go with your wedding theme.
Signage can be a lot of fun, so much fun, in fact, that costs can add up quickly, so be sure to focus on the signs you think will be most helpful to your guests. You can have as many or as few signs as you want, but consider that wedding signs typically will cost you anywhere from $30 to $200 (each), depending on the type of material used, the sign size, and the word count.
Common materials include:
- Heavy card stock/paper
Obviously, some materials will be more expensive than others, so think about where (or if) you want to splurge with signage, and where you’re okay keeping things simple. But whatever you do, have fun with your signs! They make for great photo opportunities and make your guests feel comfortable as they make their way around your ceremony and reception venues.
If you need help with sign ideas or anything else related to wedding planning, schedule a consultation with Angela today.