Give Me A Sign.

Image by Ann-Kathrin Koch

…hit me baby one more time.

Sorry I couldn’t resist. Bit of Britney for you there lovelies.

But before you get your hopes up, this post is not about pop music or indeed any type of music in fact. Today folks we’ll be discussing the joys of wedding signage…I know waaay better than Britters, right?

Those that followed me on my own wedding journey (journey… signposts geddit?) will know that I’m a big fan of the informative plaque. I love how they can be both a gorgeous piece of decor and a functional statement in their own right. They literally scream…’the wedding starts here (or over there)!’ whilst providing your nearest and dearest with a bit of reassurance that they’re actually in the right place.

If I’m being honest then my own wedding signposts weren’t really focused on providing our guests with information as such but more about setting the tone for the wedding and giving our friends and family a hint of the day to come. Nearly everyone shared their stories with me about how they couldn’t wait to see what word would appear next on each of the twenty four placards placed alongside the drive as they made their ascent towards our venue.

For us, it was all about building a sense of anticipation and it’s this attribute that I love most about big day signage. Proof that you can combine excitement, information and smiles in a single prop.

Here are just some of my favourites.

Show Me The Way

Perhaps the most traditional and functional of all wedding signage, the informative signpost is now often a familiar sight at most receptions. From rustic, driftwood creations to elegant calligraphied examples you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find a sign to suit your style.

And whilst their primary purpose is to point you in the right direction, it doesn’t mean that your signage should be boring. Experiment with different signpost shapes rather than adhering to the traditional arrow format – I love the sweet chapel at the bottom here which would look exquisite framed and hung in your home after the day is over.

Show-Me-The-Way Wedding Signage Inspiration Rustic

It’s also worth playing around with script too – the substitution of “I do’s” for ‘ceremony’ says so much more and the ‘happily ever after’ is a wonderful footnote at the bottom of the signpost in the middle here. And if you’re not so keen on text, why not have pictorial representations instead – use rings to depict the way to your ceremony and cakes to point out the route to the reception.

Lastly if your venue is hesitant about signpost stake holes appearing all over their perfectly manicured lawn, never fear! The hay bales, milk churns and the old vintage bike displayed here are all wonderful ways of securing your signage without staking it into the ground plus they look gorgeous too.

Looks Good Enough To Eat

Wedding signage doesn’t just have to fulfill a directory role; in fact, a decorative placard is perfect for displaying your wedding breakfast menu too.

It’s worth really having a think about the style of your table settings and then reflecting this in the display and format of your menu signage. Blackboards needn’t be just for rustic affairs – I particularly love the luxe frame and classic print on the menu at the bottom here complete with this couple’s tree motif.

Looks-Good-Enough-To-Eat Wedding Menu Large Sign Inspiration

Thinking of having a cocktail hour? Why not go all out on a customised cocktail menu for your guests so that you can share your favourite tipples with them. Rather than printing out stacks of paper menus, save money by propping a miniature cocktail blackboard menu on the bar or go large with a wooden placard listing yours and your beau’s choice cocktails. Utilise lots of different scripts and fonts to keep things interesting.

Signs needn’t be huge affairs either – stamping lollipop sticks with a foody phrase or displaying flag shaped flavour labels is a sweet way of integrating signage into your big day if you’re limited on space.

Divine Order

If you’re anything like me then you probably like to have a vague idea about what’s happening at which times at a wedding so you know where to be to capture the defining moments on camera.

Why not forgo the traditional paper derived Order of Service and opt for a huge banner outlining your big day events. Not only will it save you on paper and printing costs, it also makes for a gorgeous bit of decor and a conversation starter for guests too.

Divine-Order Large Seating Plan Wedding Sign Ceremony Order Of Service

One of my favourite signs in this collection of images is at the bottom and states a kind of who’s who in the wedding party. I absolutely adore the film credits format of the blackboard sign – an innovative twist on a classic plus the pennants, swirls and shaped fonts all help to make it visually inspiring too.

Think outside the box – old discarded window frames which you can find easily at reclamation or salvage yards make for a perfect ‘canvas’ on which to scrawl table plans and these miniature oars are the perfect accompaniment for a nautical themed wedding.

For Every Occasion

And then there’s a sign for every occasion. A sign purely for the sheer hell of it with no purpose other than purely for decorative reasons.

And why not.

From flower girl statement banners, to glorious chairbacks (FYI the ‘my darling wife’ sign makes my heart melt) through to portrait shot props and congratulatory flags there’s literally something for everyone.

Why not tell your  story through strategically placed signs around your venue. Guests always love to hear about how ‘you’ became ‘us’. Include details about where you met, funny memories or how he proposed. These can be great icebreakers for guests who are unfamiliar with one another to boot. 

Pinning up swathes of fabric printed with favourite quotations, personal anecdotes or even your ceremony readings  is a brilliant way of hiding unsightly venue decor. Try keeping the background neutral to really let the text do the talking. 

I’m in LOVE with the supersized luggage label by this barrel here. Somehow things always look more interesting when they assume unexpected proportions. Is there anything you could shrink or enlarge to create a quirky piece of signage on your big day?

For-Every-Occasion Wedding Sign Pennant Wedding Backdrop Ceremony Flowergirl Sign Chairback Inspiration

And lastly feast your eyes on that amazing wooden ceremony backdrop     I love the idea of all the effort and thought that’s gone into making it and the concept of saving it as a family heirloom for others to add their story onto the screens too. 

So what do you think? Will you be having signposts directing your nearest and dearest on your big day?

Perhaps your big day placards will tell a story? What will yours say?

And is anyone opting for a huge menu on an old school blackboard? I’ve yet to attend a wedding with one on show but it’s on my wishlist for sure!

Come on folks tell me all about it.

All my love Lolly xxx

15 thoughts on “Give Me A Sign.

  1. I am dying to know what you had on your 24 signs! We visited our church again on the weekend where our wedding is happening in July, and I just realised, it is so confusing and impossible to know the way if you didn’t grow up there! I love the idea of signs telling a story as a more fun way of ensuring elderly relatives (oh and young friends!) don’t get lost!

  2. This post is amazing!!! We wanted a wedding signpost but couldn’t figure out a way to transport it to our venue (boo) so we may just have to make lots of pretty hanging signs – got to a love a bit of signage! Thanks for the inspiration lovely! xx

  3. I am getting a little obsessed with wedding signs!
    Specifically signs made by the awesome Doris Loves!!!
    We have a photobooth sign, are borrowing their Dancefloor sign (& can you keep a secret?………………………I am also getting a LOVE sign that matches our photobooth sign BUT with no stand – we can then have this hung up in our bedroom after the wedding 😀 Eeeeeeeee)
    Oh & now Doris Loves hire out some immense Initial lights!!!!!
    Seriously, they might as well just style our wedding at this rate! haha!

    Also, we are having the table plan on a large mirror with gorgeous black frame
    And I am currently on the hunt for little art deco mirrors that I can use on the bar to display the cocktails we have chosen for the arrival drinks 🙂
    Fingers crossed I find some soon!

    Fab post Lolly & yes I want to know what was on all 24!!!!!!!!
    I mean….24 – that is pretty darn EPIC – it must have felt like the build up to an awesome movie 😀
    xxx

  4. @Julia do you know I can’t actually remember what was on all of our signs now…gosh that’s awful isn’t it. The ones that do spring to mind are magic, love, adventure, sparkle (my nickname), flash (his nickname), bliss and jizz (which was supposed to be fizz but I left the boys unattended for far too long and their immature humour took over – that said it provided bucketloads of amusement for all the guests!) I love the idea of telling your story through signs as a way of reassuring guests that they’re in the right place.

    @Sophie the bike avec arrows is one of my faves too!

    @Katie – pleasure sweetheart!

    @Rebecca Doris Loves is epic! I adore the fact that one real bride is helping with the wedding of another real bride – I mean how epic is that! And I need to see pictures of the LOVE sign that you’ll be having in the bedroom – what a brilliant idea. Have you tried Etsy for the mirrors?

  5. Love signs!!!! We’re having a plan for the day (I too like to know what’s going on!) and the menu on big chalkboards, very excited!!!! x

  6. Oh my! Currently taking a mental not of all the different signs I could make! Especially since I have realised that out of town guests may think they are turning into either a primary school or a secondary school instead of a church. (They would be right but the would see the church eventually). I am so littering the car park with signs now!!

    Lolly, these inspiration posts are dangerous! Thank goodness I have 11months to make all these signs. 🙂

  7. Ooooh, we’re in the middle of making ours at the mo! We have palates dutifully sawn into arrows by the future FIL, sanded by us, stained by me, and I have spent WEEKS finding the right font. Finally have it though, now just need to trace the words on and paint. That’ll take ages! We’re having them hanging on shepards crooks leading up to the outdoor aisle (cross your fingers for sunshine), and they will say (after much thought and deliberation) ‘It is a risk…to love…what if…it doesn’t work out… Ah…but what if it does?…’ I love these words, they make my go a little but gooey every time I think of them! Great post Lolly!

  8. Loving the post Lolly! Some great inspiration for brides to be out there! It inspired me to write my own post about some of the signs we had up at our wedding last year! I hadn’t realised how many we had. Personally I love signs at weddings, I think they’re helpful and they add to the decor if done right!. We had an old school blackboard for our seating plan which my bridesmaids beautifully decorated for us! Much love, Amy C xxxx http://amysbuttonbox.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/wedding-signposts/

  9. Hi, can anyone recommend somewhere to buy personalised wooden signs in the UK? I’ve seen loads on Etsy but the sellers are all based in the US and shipping is pretty expensive! Any help much appreciated!

  10. Hi there, this might seem like a silly question but what is the grey sign with ‘love’ written on it hung on, can anyone help me? I’ve found shepherds crooks but they all have a wide hook at the top and as we get married in March if it is windy I don’t want the, blowing about all over the place!!!! Any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated xx

  11. Ah thanks Lolly you’re a star!! I just checked out your wedding and it looks amazing! Also I don’t know if you remember or not but myself and Mike met you and Ste at Amy and James’ wedding in Devon a couple of years ago! We went for a drink after as we were staying across the road from each other. I feel like a weird stalker now haha, but I was all ‘oh I know them!!!’ when I saw your pics!x

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