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I Saw The Sign… At Your Wedding!

Signage at weddings is so important. Don’t overlook this detail as it really sets the tone for when your guests first enter any part of your wedding – whether it be the ceremony, cocktail area or reception. And let’s not forget – signage is also very useful!

I’ll be sharing a few ideas and tips for different wedding sign ideas below. My best advice overall is be creative – this is an area where you can easily bring in personal touches and really wow your guests, while providing useful information to your guests at the same time.

BONUS: One of the perks of working with Swoon Events is that you get access to our templates for personal signs and seating charts, along with access to our inventory collection of signs, picture frames, table numbers, money boxes, styling accessories and so much more!

Welcome Signs

You can use a welcome sign for any part of your wedding – whether it be the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, or all three! It’s a great little touch to literally welcome your guests to your wedding and make them feel special. Don’t forget to add cute touches like a pretty garland across the top.

Seating Charts

Seating charts have become increasingly popular over the last few years vs. seating cards. A seating chart is easier to set-up and can create a bigger impact as it is a large focal point. Here are a few tips:
– Framing your seating chart looks a lot more elegant than printing on a foam board
– If you decide to print on a foam board, ensure you add a garland or something else to jazz it up
– Be creative! You can create large-scale seating chart installations that will really WOW your guests
– Hire a calligrapher to write on a mirror or piece of wood – so classy!
– You can print vinyl to go on a mirror to look like calligraphy – see below for an example (2nd photo in the gold ornate mirror vs. 3rd photo in grey frame which is real calligraphy)

BONUS TIP: If your wedding is 130 guests or more, ensure you create the seating chart alphabetically and not by table number, as hundreds of guests will not be easily able to find their name by table number.

Photo: Ikonica Images
Calligraphy: Made by Caddie

Keep everything cohesive with the look and feel that you are trying to achieve and you will be sure to impress your guests. I hope you gained some helpful tips and fun ideas from all this signage inspo!

Goodbye for now,
Alana xo

What Kind of Head Table Should I Have?

For many years, the Head table has traditionally been a long table that faces outwards towards guests, with the Bride and Groom in the centre, and their bridesmaids and groomsmen on either side. There would typically be draping behind you to create a backdrop, and some large-scale floral centrepieces on stands behind the bride and groom. There are many more options available these days when it comes to Head Tables at weddings. Read on to find out the different options, and some pros and cons of each.

Traditional Head Table:

Pro – Anyone sitting at it can see the room clearly

Pro – Guests can see the Bride & Groom clearly

Pro – Provides a big impact in terms of decor since traditional head tables are usually quite large

Pro or Con – Puts the Bride & Groom and the wedding party / family on display

Con – Costs more to decorate since they are so large

Fun tidbit: in some cultures (like Jewish weddings for example) it is traditional to have your immediate family at your head table, not your bridal party.

Traditional Head Table
Photo: Ikonica
Florals: The Social Rose
Tables and Chairs: Detailz Couture
Table Runner: Plate Occasions
Venue: The Manor

Sweetheart Table:

A Sweetheart Table is as sweet as the name implies – it is a smaller table facing out to the guests, where only the bride and groom sit.

Pro: Gives the bride and groom some alone time to enjoy dinner together 

Pro – Takes up less space (if your guest count is getting tight for the size of your venue, this can be a great option, and allows for more creative floorplans)

Pro – Much more cost effective than a traditional head table (less area to decorate)

Pro – Guests can see the Bride & Groom clearly

Pro – Your bridal party can sit with their significant others and friends 

Pro or Con – You don’t get to sit with your bridal party or family during dinner

Sweetheart Table
Photo: Brittany Williams
Florals & Decor: The Social Rose
Table: VintageBASH
Vinyl: Axe Media
Venue: York Mills Gallery

Kings Table:

I get asked a lot what a King’s Table is. It is like the name implies – the Bride and Groom sit at one end facing out to the guests in the room, and the bridal party or family sit down either side of the table, so instead of facing out to guests, they face each other. Typically we use two rectangular tables (industry lingo is double wide) so there’s lots of space for decor and place settings, with a third rectangular table at the top where the Bride and Groom sit. Picture a large T shape.

Pro – Easier for bridal party or family to see and talk to each other

Pro – Is more cost effective than a traditional head table (since there is less table length to decorate, and a smaller backdrop would be needed)

Pro – Takes up less space than a traditional head table (which means you can get more creative with your floorplan or fit in more guest tables)

Pro or Con – Less formal and attendants will feel less on display 

Con – Sometimes the bride and groom are a bit harder for guests to see

Kings Table
Photo: Samantha Ong
Florals & Decor: The Social Rose
Venue: York Mills Gallery

My friend Kristina over at Elysian Weddings & Events wrote a blog post about head table options too – go have a look if you need any more info!

So, where do you think you’ll be sitting at your wedding?

Goodbye for now,
Alana xo


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