Tales of a DIY DC Duo: Chapter 8 “DIY Wedding Signs”

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  • March 23, 2011

This is Chapter 8 of an ongoing series following the journey of a couple throwing an intimate, DIY wedding in Washington, DC. Be sure to check out the earlier chapters from this series for some great DIY tips & inspiration!

I have seen some seriously cute signs for weddings while searching the internet.  Of course, you can order your pre-printed signs from the internet or you can order handmade and customized signs from craft sights like Etsy or Art Fire.  But you can also try your own hand at it too.  Trust me, it isn’t hard to do and it’s a great way to add a personal flare to your wedding.  You can use almost anything to customize it your way and your style.

My DIY Wedding Sign Inspiration Board


Rustic? Use an old fence post or a piece of an old door.

Natural? Use a branch split in half or a painted rock.

Homespun? Use a piece of quilted fabric that you paint or embroider.

Whimsical? Use a pennant.

Elegant? Use a gilded frame.

Everything from fun and cheery to serious and proper.  There are endless possibilities and all of which are SUPER easy to do yourself!

Also, you don’t just need signs for guiding your guests to the right spot.  Try a sign for one or two large wedding programs instead of paying for hundreds to be printed (and most thrown away).  How about matching signs for your sweetheart chairs that proclaim you “Mr. and Mrs.”?  How about using this theme to number or name your tables?  You can use all of your signs to bring cohesion throughout the day, something that will be recognizable and add to your special “look”.

I chose to use slate chalkboard signs.  I picked mine up with a coupon at Michaels for under $2 each!  They came with natural pine which we spray painted an espresso brown.  These are intended for my bar table, my appetizer table, and my cupcake table to inform guests of the “menu” selections at each table.

We of course decorated with raffia and silk cherry blossom stems to keep our cherry blossom theme consistent.  Then placed them on a $2 easel from Hobby lobby.  Boom!  3 signs = $15.  Not only are they going to be informative, but they are part of the decor!

We will also try to grab a sign during our reception and write a “thank you” message to our guests on it to then take a picture to include with our thank you cards.

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