When Tim and Kristina asked me if I would take a few photos for them, I excitedly agreed, and then insisted they let me make them some kind of Just Married sign. I had seen a lot like this style-
Which I really love, but I had made one like that for a friend's elopement before, and honestly it didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. It could be because I didn't use hefty enough paper, but with the slightest breeze, the letters kept flipping over or getting tangled, or just not laying right, so in a lot of shots the bride and groom are holding a sign that says JU T M A D.
Plus, for photos like the one above, to get the whole message in frame, the bride and groom have to stand a ways apart to get the banner fully stretched out. I don't know, I still love them for hanging at receptions, but for what we needed (quick outdoor snapshots), it just wouldn't work.
To create your own wedding banner, you will need:
Heavy Fabric (canvas, burlap, etc)
Wooden dowel rod
Ribbon (optional)Stitch Witchery (optional)
Step One: Cut your piece of fabric into a pennant shape. I started with one and a quarter yards of heavy canvas. I measured the middle point and cut a straight line about 14 inches up, then cut diagonal lines from the corners until I had removed a triangle of fabric. You can measure, or trace first if you like. There's no magic formula, just eyeball what looks good.
Step Two: Next, I created a border for the pennant using satin ribbon and Stitch Witchery, both of which were the same width, which made things easy. Basically I just rolled out as much ribbon and Stitch Witchery as I would need to do one side, and started ironing it in six inch sections. There are detailed instructions on the packaging, and I just found it easier to work in small sections, keeping everything aligned as I went.
Step 3: Decorate! I sketched out a rough outline of what I wanted before even touching the canvas. It gave me a good idea of how to position and scale everything. I then went in and lightly mapped everything out in pencil before going over in acrylic paint.
Step 4: After the paint has dried, use a hot glue gun to attach the dowel rod to the top of your banner. Even though I was doing this the night before the wedding, I still let the paint dry overnight and just woke up early to finish it all up. How pissed would you be to spend all that time painting only to flip it over for the dowel and smudge everything?? I hate being patient, but sometimes its necessary.
So that's it! Cut, decorate, glue on the handle.
Aww, these kids.
Pop over to this post to see a reader's classic and graphic take on the r/p wedding banner!