When it comes to planning your wedding, you write it all down. List after list, plan after plan. But what about on the big day? How do you tell guests where to go and what to do once they get there? Forget the old boring piece of paper and try these ideas to get your message across in ways that fit the theme of your wedding.



Writing a message to your guests in chalk is all the rage right now and the best thing about it is you can personalize it. Paint the frame, draw pictures, adorn the sign with flowers—send whatever message you want in any way you want.




Many couples are creating signs using fabric, such as canvas, and simply stenciling letters and designs in the colors and fonts they choose. The best part about bunting is it’s easy to hang and decorate with ribbons or lace.




Professional-looking signs aren’t that hard to create nowadays, thanks to high-quality printers and plenty of do-it-yourself design websites. Try sites like Vistaprint to create your own.



It doesn’t get much easier than scraps of wood and paint, but these signs can lend a rustic charm to your wedding celebration, and help direct guests where to go if you have a number of activities taking place or a large property to navigate, as Deborah and Beth did on their special day.




Nick and Paul scavenged thrift stores for their tabletop design, which included table names housed in neutral frames. Inexpensive frames are perfect for sprucing up with a new coat of paint and using them to frame printed or hand-drawn signs, as well as photographs of you and your partner.




Are your grandmother’s old trays collecting dust on a shelf? Or did you find a few treasures at the local yard sale? Polish them up (or leave them tarnished for a vintage feel) and paint the center with, yup, you guessed it, chalkboard paint. Then write your message in the center.




Recover old window frames (don’t touch up the chipping paint—it’s part of the appeal!) and use the glass to write out your menu or tell guests about the donation you made to a charity in their honor.



Photo: Real Wedding Jenna and Christina, photography by Alan Abrams Photography; Real Wedding Holly and Nancy, photography by Ralph Alswang Photography; eatdrinkchic.com; Real Wedding Deborah and Beth, photography by Erin Leppo Photography; Real Wedding Nick and Paul, photography by The Long Haul Photo; loveandlavendar.com; rusticweddingchic.com