DIY: Professing Your Love Via Wooden Signage

When JP and I were deciding on the “feel” of our wedding, we kept coming back to elements that complemented the beautiful apple orchard without overpowering it or forgetting where we were hosting our ceremony and reception.  We had seen several signs posted in Pinterest like here, here, and here that we loved – we loved the cute saying, the DIY element and the rustic feel. And we decided that we wanted this element incorporated into our big day.

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and now you know what JP’s real first name is!

The venue, as mentioned before, is in the middle of no-where. It’s about 15 minutes away from the largest “town” in the area and so we thought that having helpful signs to guide our guests to the venue would be wonderful. We also wanted signs to send a message of our big day – as a welcome to our guests and to guide them to where festivities would take place.

clean up crew! wedding this way!

clean up crew! wedding this way!

So, we collected pictures from the internet and JP figured out measurements that we would need and sent an order off to her dad, who kindly agreed to put together some hand-made signs for us made from 2×2 wood.  Not only did he make signs we could stick in the ground, but he also constructed some signs that we could use to lean against walls and decorate the venue.

After he put together the signs, they were delivered to us and we picked out a stain and paint colors for the signs. We chose a darker stain to give it a rustic feel and decided to go with white and yellow paint. The stain was pretty easy to apply – just making sure that the front, back and sides were all fully coated. We used a thick paint brush to apply instead of a rag. It kept our fingers clean and still covered the wood fully.

applying the stain

JP applying the stain

After letting the stain dry, we used some stencil letters we picked up at Joann Fabrics to use to make the “Wedding” and “A & J” signs. We just stenciled around the letter in pencil and filled in with white paint, using a few coats to make sure that it was bright white!

details

details

Once we got to our other signs with more of a “message” incorporated to them, we tried to figure out the best way to tackle this – should we print out lettering on cardstock and use that for a fun font or should we just free hand? In the end, we decided to just free-hand as it wouldn’t take as much time/effort and we wouldn’t have to worry about any mistakes or as much drying time that would be needed.  JP did recommend that for the words and symbols where we wanted to use yellow paint, that we should first paint it white and then go over it in the yellow so it pops more. It was barely visible when just going with the yellow on top of the stain. That girl, I’ll tell ya! Genius!

sign with yellow and white lettering

sign with yellow and white lettering

Overall, we’re very happy with the way it all turned out. It was all very personal and some of the signs we can use to decorate our future home.

This officially ends wedding week! I hope you enjoyed the projects I’ve shared, as much as I loved reliving all of the torture joy of creating them!

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