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Décor detail - wedding signs

Creating the perfect atmosphere on your big day is something that can prove stressful for anyone planning a wedding. Seats can be strategically allocated, props or trinkets thoughtfully laid out and nibbles and tipples placed with the hopes of leading excitable guests in a certain direction so that (heaven forbid) people are not still chatting at the bar when your best man begins his speech.

But guess what? Like most things in life, your wedding is almost guaranteed not to go to plan, no matter how many late nights you spend mapping out the route from altar to aperitif! This really is one aspect where even the most precise of wedding planners must loosen the cords - but this doesn’t have to mean letting guests roam wild and free with no indication of what’s what and who’s where.

Wedding signs are a charming and fun way to gently guide your guests from A to B while highlighting all the delightful touches in between. While big, bright signs are fun and striking (find some great examples on Etsy), leaving guests in no doubt where to go for a dance or drink, subtle handmade ones add an intimate and unforgettable touch to any sort of setting.

The beauty of these signs is they can be personalized to suit any theme or atmosphere and, of course, to reflect the personalities of the bride and groom themselves. From cute poems or quotes to funny little anecdotes or simple, tear-jerking statements, they immediately create the type of atmosphere you want without having to uncomfortably usher your guests along rodeo-style.

Endearing tags for the bridal party always work well (and give great photographs) while personalized sign posts add an intimacy that immediately puts guests at ease upon arrival. Signs can be designed and ordered through many great companies, but are also one of those delightful wedding touches that add magic through their homemade charm, great news for the budget!

The secret to the most endearing of signs is to keep them simple and pared-back; chalk on a chalkboard or paint on repurposed wood looks just as adorable as a lit-up statement insignia and will have guests feeling at ease to explore every tender detail and aspect of the day without hesitation. Relaxed and joyful atmosphere - this way, please!

Clockwise from bottom right Cassandra Castenada | Leah Valentine | via Ruffled | emmalinebride.com | TrueConnection on Etsy | via Etsy (sold out) | Loft Photographie | Chelsea Patricia Photography | W&E Photographie | Swoon by Katie | Lori Barbely Photography | Cramer Photo | via Karamelwood on Etsy | Brandon Chesbro | BHLDN

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