Setting up a sign to welcome guests to your wedding has become a popular trend – and for good reason! Signs not only reassure your guests that they’ve come to the right place (vital for any sprawling outdoors wedding), they not only set the tone for the day with a formal, casual, or silly message, but they’re fun to see; they get everybody excited for the ceremony and for the day. Your guests will love taking photos with your sign – and you’ll love seeing how excited those people were to come to your wedding.
There was no doubt in my mind I wanted a welcome sign for my wedding – I would have had billboards if I could afford them! (I’m not joking; our venue had rentable billboards.) But I struggled to work out what would actually fit my wedding – and my budget.
Chalkboard signs are a really popular choice – you can rent them, pre-calligraphed with your names and date, reasonably cheaply since the store can wash off the chalk paint and draw a new sign quite quickly – which works perfectly if you’re having more of a rustic, shabby chic wedding. But if you’re going for something elegant or something themed, they tend to clash with the rest of your pieces – which is really underlined by the fact your guests see the rustic chalkboard sign first, and the other, less chalky things afterwards, going against the theme the chalkboard established.
According to Pinterest, though, no other signs exist.
So I went off-Pinterest. (I know, I know!) I decided to design a custom roller banner – the type you often see at conventions. It had the same design and colour scheme as the rest of the wedding, and it looked awesome – much more colourful and eye-catching than a chalkboard sign would have been.
Environmental alert: roller banners aren’t as reusable or resellable chalkboard signs, but you could always hang them up as a piece of wall art. Or start a small wedding business, so you have a reason to reuse it. (Ahem.)
How to do it
I went to HelloPrint, an online print shop with bases in the UK and across Europe, and got my own design printed for around £40, but they run even cheaper if you go with their smaller sizes.