Love is in the air, and these Wedding Signs are proof! They’re my small contribution to one of my favorite couple’s Big Day. Their wedding is one I’ll most certainly remember for the rest of my life, and not because of the gorgeous aesthetic, but for the way they put God at the center of it all. It was overwhelming, and meaningful, and…. I could go on and on about it. But I know this blog is about the Wedding Signs, so read on, see lots more pictures, and get inspired. There’s no reason you can’t make some personalized signs for an upcoming event!
All totaled, nine Wedding Signs were made, including one I forgot to even give to the couple that is still in my garage! (oops!) Using various pieces of wood that were given to me, as well as some pallets we had laying around, my husband did all the cutting and building, and I did all the staining and painting. It was a little like playing Tetris. We, literally, used every single piece of wood we had, and we used pre-cut pieces to determine the size of each sign and how many we could make. For a while there, my kitchen and garage were overtaken by Wedding Signs! But seeing them made my heart so happy.
This next sign, with just the couple’s names and wedding date, was displayed prominently when you walked into the church. The bride’s parents made the backdrop for it out of wood pallets, then they hung the most darling framed photos of the bride and groom in their early years, as well as now. (In case you’re wondering, I do have permission to show their pictures.)
This next sign, I thought was brilliant. I had never heard of an “unplugged wedding,” but I completely understand why it’s something some couple’s are insisting on these days. After all, how many amateur wedding photos have you seen posted all over social media before the couple even goes on their honeymoon? Sadly, that goes for any event nowadays. People don’t even take it in with their eyes, they’re too busy snapping photos on their cell phones, never mind the fact there’s a professional photographer hired to capture the memories more beautifully! But, I digress! Somebody, please get me off this soapbox, so I can continue with the topic of the blog! Ah, yes, the Unplugged Wedding Sign. Here it is:
Cameras were allowed at the reception, where the next couple of photos were taken. I had been given some pieces of wood that already had been painted, so I just painted white right over it. I distressed it a little by wiping on a little gray paint around the edges. Then I painted the lettering in black.
Here’s a quick synopsis of what it takes to make wedding signs like these:
Once built and stained, painting them is the fun part, although lettering can be tricky. You’ll need regular acrylic paint and a very fine brush. There are different ways to achieve beautiful lettering. You can free hand it, if you’re artistic enough. You can print out exactly what you want and use graphite paper to trace out your outline. Or you can use a projector to project your image onto the surface. It really is up to you. I like to experiment with different fonts, so I always type things up on my laptop first. And once I know what I want a sign to look like, I use my computer screen for reference. It’s not perfect, but that’s the beauty of art. It’s not supposed to be.
I don’t have pictures of the ring bearer carrying the “Here Comes the Bride” sign down the aisle, but I’m sure, when the couple gets their wedding photos and shares them with family and friends, they’re going to be wonderful. Meantime, I’m just thrilled that the Wedding Signs I made were so beautifully displayed and impeccably embellished. It really was a wedding to remember; a union only God could have brought together.
If you enjoyed these wedding signs on wood, check out my blog on Nursery Artwork Painted on Wood. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes… you get the picture!