Do a quick search on Pinterest and you’re sure to come up with plenty of wedding signs—they’re a cute, personalized element to incorporate into your ceremony and reception décor. Signs are a helpful way to welcome guests, give them directions, and clue them in on wedding details, like the signature cocktail choices and the various cake flavors on offer. And while basic paper signs will get the job done, you could instead use this as an opportunity to get creative with your signage displays. Enter our latest favorite wedding trend: banner signs. Print the wedding details directly onto pieces of fabric like cotton or linen, then hang the banner in a spot where guests can easily see.
A wedding banner can be used in just about any way possible on your day. Think welcome signs, seating assignments, food and bar menus, flower girl and ring bearer signs, escort displays, and the like. We've seen couples put wedding banners at the forefront of the aisle, the reception entrance, attach them to the ceremony arch, hang them on trees, on the backs of reception chairs, and just about everywhere in between.
Remember, if you're going with a long, statement banner you'll need somewhere with a high point to hang it so it can flow in all its glory without getting bunched up and dirty. If a sign for your flower girl appeals to you, attach a string on each end of the rod so she can wear it like a necklace, rather than having to juggle it in her hands while trying to toss petals.
Need some banner-sign inspiration? Check out some of our favorite takes on this wedding trend.
Often one of the first details your guests see, a welcome sign is a thoughtful way to greet your friends and family and give a tiny peek into the overall wedding style. This elegant, banner-style version was printed on frayed linen and hung from a driftwood branch near the ceremony entrance.
If it’s a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the ceremony location, display a directional sign to reassure guests that they’re headed the right way. Position the sign so they won’t miss it—this banner reads “Ceremony This Way” and was hung from a branch along the venue’s gravel path.
Bar Menu Sign
This adorable banner (we love the notched bottom edge) lists the couple’s signature cocktail offerings; illustrations also help in case some guests aren’t familiar with the drinks. Hang the sign from the cocktail bar so guests can decide what they’d like to order while they wait in line.
Halloween-lovers and Astro-enthusiasts alike will fawn over this scene. From the black pampas grass to the distressed brick walls, we're obsessing over this dark and moody wedding décor. Black triple-banner table assignments complete with the moon and stars crafted by White Cottage Weddings look mysterious and inviting all at the same time.
Seating Chart Sign
Instead of standard escort cards, choose a more unique seating chart design like this elegant vertical banner. List each table number prominently, along with the names of the guests seated there; hang the banner at the reception entrance so everyone can quickly scan it to find their seat.
Save paper by skipping the printed menu cards and opting for a larger banner-style menu display. If your reception space is quite large, you might want to have multiple menu signs hanging in different spots so everyone will be sure to see it.
Wedding Cake Backdrop
A message most important to the ceremonious day, this wedding banner by Linen and Poppi combines simple text and natural elements to a positively romantic effect.
This banner by Pink + Peach beautifully marks the sand-strewn woodland altar. We can just imagine the whimsy of ocean breeze billowing through the linen emblem of union.
Announcing the Bride
Give your flower girl or ring bearer an extra important job as they make their way down the aisle—announcing the bride! This adorable wedding banner is available for purchase on Etsy ($30) and is totally customizable.
Here Comes Your Forever
Another adorable take on the arrival sign, this one from Pineapple and Paper is just darling in the hands of a joyful flower girl. We're loving the navy ribbons detailing each end of the banner rod.