24 Ways to Decorate Your Wedding with Banners
There are so many creative ways to interpret traditional wedding elements, like escort cards, seating displays, and menus. Despite the fact that we've seen countless plays on these classic accents, we're still pleasantly surprised when a new player enters the mix. Meet banner décor, the latest form of wedding signage that's taking contemporary celebrations (and Pinterest!) by storm. Banners are the ultimate way to express a myriad of big-day sentiments, from favorite quotes and ceremony site directions, to signature cocktail menus and table numbers. The gist? There's no one way to use banners throughout your celebration—that's what makes them so universal.
Another defining aspect of banner-shaped décor? It isn't one size fits all. Banners come in all different shapes, which means you get to take your pick. One of the more classic iterations, the spearhead style is categorized by its singular triangle tip. The swallowtail banner is another go-to and can be recognized by the "V" cutout at the bottom. While these are the most common shapes you'll see, more modern interpretations include a slanted base (like the chair decorations seen here, which were calligraphed by Hanwriting!). Whichever iteration you choose, your banner will surely be a defining piece of décor in the grand scheme of your big day.
Best of all, these banner accents fit right into just about any wedding aesthetic. They can feel rustic if paired with burlap and vintage accents or ultra-contemporary when they're covered with metallic calligraphy or mounted on rose gold. Ready to discover all of the ways to work banner décor into your wedding? Click through for major inspiration from real celebrations.
Work the crest you had designed for your wedding invitations into other parts of your big day. BerinMade did just that for both this suite and signage.
Here Comes the Bride
Replace your flower girls' basket full of petals with a pennant that announces your aisle debut.
Opt for this festive shape in label form—especially when it's time to personalize your favors. These honey jars served as both escort cards (note the seating information!) and take-home treats for the duo's guests.
String your names—or your new title—across a mini banner garland for an unexpected cake topper. Use burlap if you're looking for something rustic.
Speaking of escort cards, consider banner-inspired notes as a way to guide your attendees to their seats.
A banner menu is pretty. But a banner menu affixed to rustic, slate-blue vintage shutter, then decorated with sprigs of silver dollar eucalyptus? That's just next level.
Opt for a swallowtail-style sign to feature your open bar's offerings, like this Lettered Pages version, which was styled like a table runner (genius!).
Dress up your getaway car with a string banner that describes your newly-married status.
Help guests segue from the cocktail hour space to the reception area with an aptly-placed banner sign. Make like City Tonic, who featured a sprig of eucalyptus-centric blooms by Tea Lane Farm on top of her directional sign.
Looking for a more contemporary, moodier version of these slightly-preppy banners? This all-black, asymmetrical bar sign by Lace & Likes is it.
Calligraphed Aisle Banner
Here's another version of a "Here Comes the Bride" banner that's perfect for your flower girl (or whoever precedes you down the aisle!). Brown Fox Calligraphy added loopy script to this feminine piece.
Suspended Seating Chart
Copy this bride's design (she made it herself!) and hang a banner-style seating chart from the rafters of your venue. Bonus points if you create a mini vignette around the simple white canvas with rustic elements like ribbons, blooms, and vintage frames.
Crest-Inspired Escort Card Display
Introduce a personal element to your seating escort card display via a colorful banner complete with a signature crest (Sofia Invitations & Prints was responsible for this beauty!). Take it one step further by introducing wax seals—also stamped with your crest!—into the mix.
Best Day Ever
Sum up your feelings about your wedding day with a pennant that says it all. Add on a few florals, like these peony and eucalyptus bunches from Leaf and Bloom, for an added special touch.
Now here's a banner-themed idea for your ring bearer. We love the idea of a "Just Married," walk-up-the-aisle sign. Make it even more special by opting for a two-sided version. The little one can display the "Here Comes the Bride" panel down the aisle and flip it for his exit.
Is your ceremony site a bit of a walk from your venue's parking lot? Chauffer just-arrived guests with a series of signs swinging from the trees.
Greet attendees with a banner sign with your names on it—literally.
Colorful Escort Cards
Here's another way to replicate banner-themed escort cards. Opt for swallowtail-shaped notes—like these by Idieh Design—outlined in vibrant colors. Another idea? Pair up each color with a similarly-shaped and -hued table number, making your event that much more connected.
Medieval Seating Chart
Banners can have medieval connotations (one episode of Game of Thrones will tell you that), so why not run with it? Use the old-fashioned text, wrought-iron base, and jewel-tone ribbons on this seating chart (a DIY by the bride!) as your guide.