Nothing adds a personal touch to your wedding décor quite like beautiful hand-lettered signage. You can use it to help point guests in the right direction, inform them about the festivities to come, or even share you and your beau's favorite quotes.
No longer relegated to just the stationery suite, brides are turning to calligraphy to ramp up their decor for unexpected pops on chair signs, ceremony backdrops, and more. This classic art form is getting a modern upgrade for 2020, with artists taking advantage of unusual materials such as agate slices, glass, and ferns. As a result, the lettering goes above and beyond the traditional.
Give your guests something to write home about with the following calligraphy signs!
Start Things off With a Welcome Sign
Make your guests feel right at home with a hospitable welcome sign displayed at the entrance.
Use the Local Language
If you're hosting a destination wedding, add some cultural flair with decorations in the local language.
Ramp up the Excitement
Rather than simply listing the wedding events, this sign by Sophia Loves Letters features friendly cues to ramp up anticipation (e.g. "generally awesome speeches," "we promise it's worth the wait").
Introduce Your VIPs
Skip the individual programs and cut costs with a ceremony sign honoring your wedding VIPs. The rainbow effect is optional but oh so gorgeous for a whimsical theme.
If you want an unplugged wedding or simply don't want guests taking photos and videos during your ceremony, clue them in with a sign like this one.
Make a Grand Entrance
Add an entrance to your outdoor wedding ceremony with reclaimed wood doors and a short (but sweet!) quote using DIY calligraphy.
Post Your Seating Plan
An open seating plan is perfect for a relaxed backyard wedding, and any potential confusion can be avoided thanks to this handy wooden sign.
Choose a Clever Chalkboard Sign
A cheeky chalkboard sign like this one by Proper Letter adds a humorous touch to the ceremony proceedings.
Surround the Ceremony Aisle
Line the ceremony aisle with a series of swoon-worthy quotes.
Customize Your Ceremony Backdrop
For the ultimate ambiance, ask your calligrapher to design a custom-made ceremony backdrop with a brief passage from a book, movie, or song that has special meaning for you. This wedding even showcased calligraphy (the & symbol) on the flower girl and ring bearer's wagon!
Screen Print Your Vows
A couple printed their marriage vows onto fabric as their ceremony décor—how dreamy is that?
Light It Up
If your wedding style is eclectic, then add a quirky touch to your nuptials with a neon calligraphy sign.
Embrace Your Locale's Color Palette
A rose gold and sky blue sign by Jenn Heller Design Co. played up the stunning scenery of this beachside celebration.
Incorporate Wooden Elements
A rustic affair calls for lots of wooden décor accents grouped together, along with lush greenery.
Choose Sweet and Simple Sayings
This banner designed by Pink Champagne Paper says it all.
Consider a Monochromatic Palette
A quote framed by greenery on a whitewashed brick background is a cool choice for an industrial-chic venue.
Repurpose a Glass Frame
Repurpose a glass frame by printing a sweet saying by on it. After displaying it at your wedding, you can hang it in your home and be reminded of the special day every time you pass it in the hall. We love this one by Whimsy Design Studio.
Think About Tanned Leather
Boho brides, check out this nontraditional sign from Whimsy Design Studio, crafted from fabric and suspended in a tree.
Frame Smaller Signs
Add a dose of charm to your bar or another area in your reception venue where guests tend to congregate with multiple small frames.
Illustrate Your Relationship
Reflect on your journey together with an illustrated sign that showcases major highlights (where you met, said "I love you" for the first time, etc.).
Include Your Favorite Song Lyrics
Country music lovers will appreciate this fun shoutout to Zac Brown Band.
Get the Party Started
Fig & Flourish used hip-hop lyrics as the inspiration behind this sign, letting guests know they were in for an awesome dance party.
Meant to Be Calligraphy's scroll-style seating chart display is ideal for an intimate affair.
Create a Calligraphed Trio
For a supersize guest list, ask your calligrapher to design three separate seating charts that you can piece together.
Design a Mirrored Seating Chart
Mirror seating charts are all the rage right now, and this one is exceptionally pretty thanks to the lattice design.
Mix up Your Materials
This seating chart uses a combination of different materials to make a bold statement.
Write Guests a Thoughtful Note
For an ultra-personalized touch, pin custom calligraphy notes for each guest to a wooden board, like this gorgeous sign by Baci Designer.
Embellish Your Escort Cards
Add a pop of color to your event with wooden slices emblazoned with guests' names.
Everything's Better Edible
Edible escort cards are popular with guests, and we adore this citrus setup for a summery wedding.
Toast With Calligraphy Coasters
These coasters are a clever way to prevent guests' drinks from being cleared from the table while they're busting a move on the dance floor.
Spell It Out
Use wooden letters to spell out a celebratory message against a wall of greenery.
Display Menu Cards
Get guests excited about the decadent meal to come by displaying a menu card at each table.
Get Guests Hungry
Or hang one oversized banner with all of the entrée choices instead.
Use Natural Elements
At this tropical affair, the menu was printed on a giant fern.
Make It Multicultural
If you're throwing a multicultural wedding, honor both families' backgrounds with dual menu signs printed in each language.
Utilize Modern Lucite Details
Showcase your signature cocktails on a colorful sign. We're crushing on this lucite design by Anne Robin Calligraphy.
List Allergy Information
Food and drink pairings are one of the hottest trends for cocktail hour. Use petite signs to explain the offerings, along with any key ingredients guests should be aware of for allergy purposes.
Spotlight Your Favorite Food
Highlight your favorite food with a playful calligraphy display.
Pay Mind to Your Theme
Incorporate your wedding theme into your dessert table, like this whimsical Anne of Green Gables décor created by Momental Designs.
The Perfect Finishing Touch
Calligraphy labels add an elegant finishing touch to your favors.
Adorn an Alfresco Space
An outdoor wedding featured this simple but stunning banner by Sea & Sun Calligraphy.
Create Calligraphy Chair Decorations
Differentiate guest-of-honor chairs with beautiful laser-cut calligraphy signs.
Don't Forget About Your Hashtag
Instruct guests where to send all of those hilarious candid snapshots with a hashtag sign.
Calligraph Agate Slices
Agate slices are quickly becoming one of the hottest wedding trends of the year—check out these steal-worthy table numbers by Laura Hooper Calligraphy.
Add Elegance to Table Numbers
These glass table numbers designed by Schin Loong from OpenInkStand Calligraphy Studio would make an elegant addition to a black-tie wedding.
A Fabulous Favor Display
Display a sign to accompany comforts like blankets or flip-flops so that guests know they're welcome to take them.
Explain Your Exit Strategy
If you're having a sparkler exit, give guests a heads up with a sign prominently displayed at the reception.
Add Some Personality
Don't be afraid to get silly with your wedding signs—guests will get a kick out of them!
A Sign of Thanks
This couple expressed their gratitude with a chalkboard sign thanking loved ones for celebrating their big day.
Announce Your Elopement
Even if you're eloping, you can still get in on the signage fun with a "just eloped" photo prop.