When you're putting together the details of your big day, one of the things you should start with is the first piece of décor your guests will see: your wedding welcome sign. And there are a variety to choose from.
Couples looking for an easy and inexpensive DIY project will love the classic look of monogrammed chalkboard easels. If you're throwing a seaside bash, go for calligraphed pieces of driftwood. You can also adorn a sign with colorful, blooming florals for a festive summer wedding, or hang eucalyptus garlands for a bohemian affair. While city-based couples can opt for sleek graphics and cool typography for a modern twist.
And these welcome signs aren't just for show, they also provide an important service for your guests. Many couples use them as a master itinerary—from displaying times for the evening's cocktail hour to serving as a map to direct guests to the next stop of the night. Couples who want to see their Instagram feed flooded with their wedding photos should remember to write their wedding hashtag on the sign so guests can be sure to use it while sharing all of those candid moments.
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Guerdy Abraira is an event stylist and the founder of Guerdy Design.
They also offer a taste of what your guests can expect from your wedding, as Guerdy Abraira, event stylist and founder of Guerdy Design explains. "Welcome signs have been recognized as a key element to introducing a theme or tone to the event," she says. "It's an identity mark that helps to set the 'mood.'" Along those same lines, Abraira adds that it's important to tell a complete design story. "So ensuring that the font, color scheme, or overall design matches other printables would be the best bet so that it is cohesive with other wedding tokens," she says.
Abraira suggests placing welcome signs at the arrival area of the ceremony or the cocktail hour entrance.
No matter what your theme is, we found a sign to complement your wedding's overall vibe and style. Scroll through our roundup of 35 creative wedding welcome signs to get inspired.
Bridal Party Intro
Instead of having a program, highlight your wedding party on your welcome sign. It's serviceable and looks cute.
We love how the pink blooms give a fresh burst of color to this chalkboard sign, while the gold frame complements the romantic vibe perfectly.
Banner signs have been making a big splash in wedding décor inspo for a while now. This sign constructed out of butcher paper is perfectly sweet and full of whimsy.
In Full Bloom
These colorful chalked blooms and vintage easel are the perfect addition to a garden wedding.
Garlands of Green
The garland of greenery draped over this simple sign adds a whimsical, storybook feel.
As you welcome your guests, also let them know the rules of the day. Like, in this instance, that they should turn off their phones and cameras and live in the moment.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Mirror signs are huge trends in wedding décor, and for good reason (swoon-worthy insta-photos, for example). We love the antique frame and garland of blooms encircling this one.
Frame a lucite sign with pampas grass to add a bohemian twist.
This is exactly how you let that carefully crafted wedding hashtag be known.
For the love of all that is Insta, we are drooling over this welcome-sign-turned-photo-backdrop. You'll need to make sure guests arrive extra early for this one, lest everyone be held up snapping pics.
It's pretty clear what's meant to happen once you enter this room. The waterfall of balloons are a great complement.
Eucalyptus is a great accent to this welcome signs otherwise neutral palette.
An ornate frame wrapped with ivy and fall friendly flowers are perfect for a September or October wedding.
Using fruit in lieu of traditional flowers is a fun way to inject some personality and flair into any wedding décor. This peach-filled bowl is the perfect accompaniment to the cutest little sign.
This wood palette sign is perfect for a rustic backyard event or barn wedding.