wooden signs

September 21st, 2010

As you can tell, many elements were DIY (do it yourself) projects including all these wooden signs featured on our wedding day. The first you already know about from my blog back in July regarding the road signs. Most made by my now future cousin-in-law, Nancy (my cousin, Quang, proposed just weeks ago!). There were just a few other wooden projects we threw into the mix. I found these projects to be challenging, fun, and stressful, but in the end very rewarding. It’s the pride I get in knowing sweat, love, and much care were put into making them.

Here are the 3 road signs that lead to our reception venue:

The 1st sign indicating up ahead.

The 2nd indicating left here.

The last indicating right here which was placed right outside the gates to Rancho Las Lomas.

My coordinator, Kelly Duprat, worked tirelessly to buy balloons and put them up all along the way leading up to the venue. She also posted up the wooden road signs you see above. That was only 1 very good reason I desperately needed an extra hired hand that day.

The second set of wooden signs we made were for the seating chart. It started off being a simpler cardboard with paper idea project which turned into something much more complicated, difficult, and elaborate than I had ever imagined. This ended up being the VERY last thing we finished the evening before the wedding.

The 1st of two 4′ x 2′ plywood boards that acted as the seating chart board. Every wood element was stained the same color; even the easels we purchased from Michael’s.

How they looked set-up at the reception check-in area.

Our crafty friend, Stephanie, handwrote all the numbers in gold paint.

Gold paper from Paper Source.

The paper was glued onto the 4″ x 6″ wood blocks with special glue spray. It was a bit messy but did the trick!

If you’ve gone thru a wedding before, you can only imagine why this was done last. With all the changes in seating and last min cancellations, we had to keep moving people around up to the very last minute! Thanks to Tony for cutting and staining the wood and helping Rob nail on the pieces. Like how the pieces are so perfectly lined up? That’s all Rob’s work. Very meticulous and precise.

This 3rd sign we made far in advance with the help of Tony once again. He created a stencil sticker that we stuck onto the wood in which we painted in the letters with brown paint. Stephanie hand drew in the vines in gold paint.

This sign hung at the top of the archway looking into our cake.

The 4th and last set of signs were made by our friend, Boumy, who had also set up the candy station for us. These were also done last minute and decorated thru out the reception where appropriate.

‘Just Married’ was displayed on the halfmoon ledge right next to our sweetheart table.

‘Photobooth’ leaned up against our photobooth station.

‘Candy Shop’ was front and center in front of our candy station.

What the heck are we gonna do with all these signs now that the wedding is over? There’s been talk of a bonfire to gather friends for a relaxing evening at the beach to put these signs to rest. I’m still very fond of ’em since so much care and work were put into them so I’m not sure when I can let ’em all go just yet; perhaps when I run out of storage space. Anyone want to reuse some of ’em?

Photos courtesy of Kim Le Photography.

5 Responses to “wooden signs”

  1. tdang on September 21, 2010 7:57 am

    awesome job on the signs! I missed the last 3 small signs at the wedding. haha.

  2. Tony on September 21, 2010 8:06 am

    I had no idea all these things I had a hand in would be so vital that day. Everything was well thought out, amazing wedding…

  3. Rob on September 21, 2010 12:14 pm

    What about the rusty nails!?

    I can’t believe I missed the “Just Married” sign by our table.

  4. tdang on September 21, 2010 3:37 pm

    @rob rusty nails were a nice, very detailed touch. haha

  5. Kelly D on September 21, 2010 6:18 pm

    I’ll take the photobooth sign 🙂

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