We love a good wedding sign—especially when it's of the neon variety! From a ceremony backdrop and welcome signage to bar decor, displaying your name or favorite saying in a neon wedding sign is a surefire way to make your party pop. But with the endless possibilities for design and purpose, how can brides- and grooms-to-be utilize this trendy element? Luckily for engaged couples, Jenna Miller, creative director at Here Comes the Guide, has some tips on displaying neon wedding signs at your nuptials.
Meet the Expert
Jenna Miller is the creative director at Here Comes the Guide, a women-run wedding planning firm.
- Keep it minimal: “A swanky neon sign crafted with a sweet cursive sentiment is chic enough to stand on its own. So not only will you save money on additional over-the-top wedding decor, but you'll also invest in a piece that can be displayed in your home!" explains Miller.
- Express yourselves: “The best thing about neon signs? They're a cutting-edge way to express your personalities!" says Miller. "Hint at how you met with a 'You had me at hello!' sign, shout out where you’re from with something like 'California love,' or share a sentiment unique to your relationship like 'It was always you.'"
- Light the way: "Typically, signs are used at weddings to steer guests in the right direction," explains Miller. "Instead of the traditional wooden sign, why not greet guests in a more modern way with a glowing 'Welcome' neon sign or a 'Meet us at the bar' directive, pointing to cocktail hour? It's a whimsical way to show guests where to go.”
- Share your hashtag: “Want your social savvy guests to hashtag your wedding photos for easy reference? There's no better way to spread the word about your tag of choice than by putting it up in lights,” notes Miller.
- Amp up your thanks: “Get a custom-made 'Thank you' or 'Merci' neon sign and have your wedding photographer take your picture with it on the big day," suggests Miller. "It’ll make a fab front to your post-wedding thank-you cards!”
Since this wedding trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, we've compiled some of our favorite neon wedding signs below.
Build a Photo Booth Backdrop
Forget photo booth, this vibrant backdrop is practically a Hollywood-level step-and-repeat. We love the attention to detail in the professional lighting and the addition of the wedding year.
Create a Candlelit Glow
Mixing a neon sign with candles will give your wedding an unexpected and super-photogenic glow. Not to mention that showstopping baroque wallpaper to add a dose of drama to the space.
This is the best way to say "cheers" to the happy couple! While you say "I do," have your guests say "I Veuve," to a glass of Champagne.
Light up a flower wall with a neon wedding sign. This glowing signage is a perfect way to greet guests at your reception and set the tone for the rest of the decor.
Add Your Initials
Personalize your wedding by adding a neon sign featuring your initials. This tiny signage shows off your love and can easily be added to your wedding day decor.
Incorporate Your Vows
Give a nod to your vows and everlasting love with a simple sign. We love how fresh the pink neon looks against the verdant backdrop, even in the daylight.
Illuminate the Dance Floor
For couples looking to give their reception a nightclub feel, a custom neon wedding sign can brighten any dance floor. It's just enough to add a bit of light without overexposing those late-night moves.
Accentuate the Bubbles
Remind your guests to grab some bubbly on the way to your ceremony with a neon sign like this. We love how that marigold color picks up the warmth of the golden-hour magic across the vineyard behind it.
Decorate the Dessert
Make a serious statement with your dessert decor. There is no doubt guests will be able to find their piece of cake with this sign on display!
Drape a Macrame Canvas
Create some dimensional depth and further promote your theme by mixing in other decor elements. This couple hung a macrame masterpiece behind their pink neon sign to bring in a boho element that mimicked the bride's incredible fringed sleeves.
Punctuate With Puns
Oh, how we do love a good pun—and chances are your guests will, too. This woodland wedding craftily displayed a "Drunk in Love" neon sign on the bar, which just happened to sit alongside the dance floor.
Decorate the DJ Booth
If there is one wedding element that always goes unnoticed, at least in a visual sense, it's the DJ booth that's often lost in the darkness. This couple decorated theirs with a custom neon sign that energized the space.
Flower walls are fun but greenery blocks always seem to have a much more modern edge. This couple nestled a neon tribute to their motto, "love wins," into the mix of ferns and leafy greens.
Introduce the Theme
Wedding themes and decor styles can manifest in a number of ways, and this approach is the most literal of them all. Guests were introduced to this disco-jungle-themed after-party with a fitting neon sign before entering a setting of palm fronds and disco balls.
Give a Call to Action
Who could possibly resist a photo op at this mobile trailer? With garlands of baby's breath, tufts of pink pampas grass, cushy rugs, and a neon sign to light the way, guests will be clamoring for their spot in front of the camera.
Add a Handwritten Touch
When it comes to neon signs, font styles tend to revolve around a few tried-and-true options. This custom bar sign, however, takes an entirely different approach with the newlyweds' names scrawled out in handwritten script.
Shine On the Sweethearts
Let there be no question of who the couple of the evening is by letting your names shine bright. This neon sign of the lovebirds' names hangs above their sweetheart table, shining some light on the miniature disco balls hanging around it.
Hang a Neon Chandelier
Now, this is a light show to remember. A club tent with decadent retro vibes was dedicated to this couple's post-reception dance party and lit with a neon chandelier of pure love.
Highlight the Menu
Like moths to a flame, guests will be rushing to get their fix of late-night bites when they see the menu on full neon display. This couple ended on a significant sweet note with mouthwatering barbecue bits and s'mores aplenty.
Hint at a Hallmark Moment
As if an entire wall of pink pampas grass and matching arrangements of blush-dyed baby's breath and pampas wasn't romantic enough, this couple emblazoned the back of their sweetheart table with an ode to their very first date. The neon sign read, "All because two people fell in LOVE," and was custom-created to match a quote they had seen at dinner that life-changing night.
Showcase the View
Here's something totally new: This neon wedding sign of the newlyweds' shared name is displayed across the floor-to-ceiling windows of their urban, rooftop venue. We love how it draws attention to the industrial views of downtown Los Angeles, adding to the refined grunge aesthetic of the loft.
Usually, a neon sign serves as an accent to a floral wall or statement backdrop that's the true pièce de résistance of a photo booth. This one, however, totally stands on its own with its very honest explanation of the day's events: "Because Love."
Give a Tonal Tribute
While neon signs are predisposed to standing out in a flourish of bright hues, we quite like how this takes a more considered approach. The creamy tribute to the couple's last name beautifully blends into the dreamy bohemian tones of the ivory flower wall and bleached, dried palms surrounding it.
Generate Gilded Glam
This tropical Palm Springs wedding boasted a gilded black-and-white theme that spoke of bygone glamour. The dramatic bar nails the look with a shiny black surface, gold-painted palm leaves, and a neon sign that encapsulates the same warmth of their golden glow.
Neon signs don't need to be directional in the physical sense; they can also provide guests with inspiration to loosen up and let go of their inhibitions. This one, in particular, inspires a night of dancing under the canopy of palm fronds and disco balls that graced this beach-boho wedding in Tulum.