Are you trying to figure out the signage for at your wedding or event, what you need, and what will add just the right amount of fun detail? Then look no further! Here’s a whole list of what signs you might want, what we definitely recommend having, and those that really just add that little something extra. We’ll go in chronological order working from the beginning of the wedding right until the end!
A few quick notes:
- Signs are never needed but certainly are helpful!
- Signs can reinforce your wedding style whether it’s elegant with beautiful calligraphy, modern with laser cut lucite, rustic with wood slabs or chalkboards, or whimsical with fun colored signs.
- Less is more so use signs sparingly as accents. A good rule of thumb is to limit signs to one per grouping/activity and a maximum of two per area. For instance, you might have the gift table also hold the favors so have one sign for the gifts and one for the favors, or even combine them into one sign.
- You can turn almost anything into a sign so think outside the box! Some of our favorite atypical mediums are mirrors, fabrics (aisle runner or vow backdrop), stand-alone letters or marquees (BAR, LOVE, etc), on the object itself (like writing directly on an ice cream cart, see image below!)
- Beautiful and meaningful signs can even be kept as keepsakes or decor for your home!
- restrooms: if the bathroom location isn’t obvious, make sure either your ushers know where to point people or have a discreet but noticeable sign indicating where guests can find the restrooms.
- programs: if you don’t have ushers passing out the programs, make sure they are prominently displayed so guests are sure to pick them up and even have a sign if you want!
- bubbles/rice/confetti: again, if ushers will not be passing these out at the beginning or end of the ceremony, make sure to have them in a basket with a catchy sign so guests will be able to participate in a fun send-off after your ceremony!
- unplugged: do you want to ensure your professional photographer & videographer have unadulterated access to the best angles and footage of you during the ceremony? Or do you want guests to turn their technology off so that they can be fully present celebrating? Then have a sign telling them to turn off their phones and to refrain from using cameras or videos – you’ll share all the professionally captured photos and video with them afterward! Or include a note in your program and have your officiant announce that it will be an unplugged occasion.
- signature cocktails: put a sign on each bar where your signature cocktail will be served so that guests can order a fun drink and know what’s in it! Even if you’re not having signature cocktails but have a specific set of wines or beers available, have a sign with the types on there.
- games: if your cocktail hour will include lawn games, it might be a good idea to indicate where the games will be setup. Or if there’s a game that may need a little explanation (like giant Jenga where you want guests to write you a note on the blocks), have a small-ish sign that’s as succinct as possible
- schedule: some guests like to know the loose schedule that’s planned for the reception, so having one large sign showing key events like bridal party introductions, first dances, toasts, dinner, cake cutting, etc is helpful.
Image via the Knot
- table numbers: these are a must! Your guests need a way to find their seats so make sure there are table numbers at each table, that they are easily visible from the reception entrance, and that they are laid out in an organized way to make it as easy as possible for guests to locate their table quickly.
- escort cards: often guests will see the escort card display and it’s self-explanatory, but if you want to add a little extra fun touch, have a sign that says something like “find your seat here but your place is on the dance floor” or if the escort card doubles as the favor, something like “take a treat and find your seat” works great!
- guest book: having a sign drawing guests to your guest book is a good idea so that you get the maximum number of guests signing your book or whatever you’re using as the “guest book.” Especially if you have a specific request like they write you a marriage tip or date night idea, then include that on your sign!
- photo booth: photo booths are usually self-explanatory but signs for this can just be plain fun! Tell guests to strike a pose or glue a photo strip into the memory book.
- favors: this may or may not be needed since sometimes favors are put at each place setting. But if they’re all clustered in one area, have a sign telling guests to take a favor and possibly even explaining what they are! Also, if you plan to donate to a charity instead of giving out favors, have a sign explaining the charity’s purpose and your connection to it.
- gifts: we highly recommend having a designated location for gifts that guests will bring and have a sign that thanks them. A simple “thank you” will suffice or add a bit more to make it even more personal!
- new titles: a Mr. and Mrs. or any combination of those on the back of your chairs can be a fun little detail that, while not necessary, makes for a great photo-op.
- directions: if all of your wedding activities are happening at the same venue, it may be helpful (but mostly just fun!) to have one big sign with a few arrows pointing in the directions of each different activity. Be sure to label them and then stick the sign somewhere that guests can’t miss seeing it!
- after-party: if you’re having an after-party on-site, like a bonfire or perhaps roasting s’mores, don’t forget to create signage for that too!
- memorial: to honor lost loved ones, you may want a table devoted to their memories with photos and a sign (or multiple) explaining their relationship to you.
- getaway car: this one might be up to you but might be handled by your bridal party or family. Writing directly on the car or having a little sign attached to the bumper saying “just married” or similar can be super fun to keep the celebrations rolling long after the party has ended!