It's always important to make a good first impression — especially at your wedding. The best (and easiest) way to do this? By displaying a creative welcome sign at the entrance of your ceremony. The sign will help express how grateful you are that your guests are celebrating your big day with you and your soon-to-be husband, plus it helps set the tone for the rest of the wedding. Whether you're having a beachside bash or city-chic affair, we've rounded up five pretty and elegant ways to greet your guests.
To complement a couple's modern rooftop wedding, the bride's (super-talented!) mother Beth Weeks created a beautiful yet simple calligraphed sign to say hello to guests at the ceremony (pictured above). It was displayed on an easel decorated with succulents and fresh greenery.
Photo: [Debbarr Moradi](http://delbarrmoradi.com/)
Above, the pretty wreath created by Shotgun Floral Studio featured orange-and pink-flowers to match the couple's color scheme. It also invited guests to grab a cool drink before taking a seat at the ceremony.
Photo: [Carla Ten Eyck Photography](http://carlateneyck.com/)
Chalkboard signs are perennially popular, but when combined with a custom-illustrated map of the wedding venue it becomes an incredibly useful tool to help guests figure out where all the festivities will be taking place. The chalkboard creation above was designed by Pressed Cotton, based in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Photo: [Paperlily Photography](http://www.paperlilyphotography.com/)
Here's a DIY project even the least-crafty of brides can do: Scour vintage stores and flea markets for an old picture frame with an ornate shape that you like. Disassemble it and clean the glass pane. Next, spray paint the frame in a color that matches your wedding's style. Then, ask a friend with pretty handwriting to pen your message using a gold-ink marker. Or, you could find a cool calligraphy font and print the text onto a sheet of paper sized to fit the frame. Once you do that, position the sheet of paper beneath the glass pane and trace the letters. Your guests will never guess how easy it was to create!
Photo: [Ryder Evans Photography](http://www.ryderevansphotography.com.au/)
Instead of having guests sit according to the traditional bride's and groom's sides, the cleverly worded sign above asks everyone to sit wherever they'd like at the ceremony.