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By Maria Yeonhee Ji
Running a wedding can be a complicated affair; coordinating large groups of very excited people is no easy feat. Which is why most couples have a dress rehearsal beforehand so that the wedding party will be familiar with the planned happenings of the big day. But guests, for many of whom it may be their first time at the particular venue, may benefit from on-the-day guidance in the form of wedding signs. They’re one of those wedding decor features that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are sensible - as long as you know where and why to use them. So here is a short rundown of some instances where a nifty, well-placed sign may bring some peace of mind (and maybe a smile).
Image sourced from Paper & Pine Co.
As well as letting guests know that they’ve arrived at the right venue, a welcome sign at the entrance makes the first impression of the celebrations yet to come. This means that the sign should be designed with the aesthetic of your wedding in mind. For example, you should consider white paint on wood for a rustic wedding, or sleek typography with minimalist graphics for an urban wedding. Other details often included in welcome signs include an itinerary for the day and a wedding hashtag if you’re taking the celebrations online as well.
Images sourced from Pinterest
If your wedding is to be held on a farm, beachside (or some other area that is a bit sprawling in nature), signs can be helpful to direct guests to the right spots. This will save you from needing to assign people with the task of ushering guests from place to place and/or answering the same questions from multiple guests about where various amenities (like the toilets) are located. A wooden direction signpost like in the images above can be a playful, as well as practical, decor element that helps create that sense of adventure for your guests who are sharing with you this part of your journey as a couple.
Image by Hollow & Co.
Signs don’t have to be all about information provision; they can also be humorous details that bring a smile to people’s faces. Take this adorable miniature chalkboard (carried by an even more adorable miniature human) announcing the imminent entrance of the bride-to-be; it’s sweet, it’s personalised, and it makes the ceremony that little bit more memorable.
Image by Lauren Campbell
The larger the guest list, the more difficult it will be to coordinate everyone so that things run smoothly to schedule on the wedding day. Some signs such as seating displays are logistical necessities without which chaos (or at the very least some undesirable family drama) could ensue. But there are a handful of other reminders that can: instruct guests to grab some confetti for after the ceremony; prevent inconveniences (such as wedding favours that aren’t taken home or phones going off during the ceremony); and give gentle suggestions (such as “Grab a drink” and “lose your shoes” for a beach wedding) to help get the merrymaking underway.
Image by Oli Sansom Weddings
Images sourced from hanwriting
Not everyone has a favourite quote about love, but if you do, a wedding sign showcasing it with beautiful calligraphy can be a stunning decoration. It will communicate your values and feelings to your guests, making it more meaningful than another arrangement of flowers that will be thrown out the next day. You can hold onto the sign as a keepsake for your home to help you remember what is important to you about this relationship in the years ahead, so pick a quote that resonates with you as a couple. Here are some of our favourites:
"You can hear it in the silence, you can feel it on the way home, you can see it with the lights out, you're in love" - Taylor Swift
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” - Dr. Seuss
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” - Rumi
“Until the very end.” - J. K. Rowling
“We were together. I forget the rest.” - Walt Whitman
"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." - Aristotle
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