Reserved with Love

One of the last minute projects I had to finish before we left for Mexico was reserved seating signs for the ceremony. We needed to mark the front two benches at the ceremony for our families. When I started researching different sign types, the only examples I could find were ones that were for chairs.



Not real useful for those of us using benches. Of course, we could just lay them out on the benches like the example below, but I was really afraid that the wind on the beach would blow them away.



Then I got inspired by this idea:



It wasn’t so much the color or design that inspired me as the way it tied around the chair back. So I “borrowed” the tie idea and created signs that were more my style and colors to tie around the benches.


And as always, I am going to tell you the step by step on how I made them. *grin*

You can do this in PowerPoint or Photoshop. It will work exactly the same way in both.

  1. Add the same time-worn paper background I used for our menus and the I-Spy cards. You can find it here as a free download.
  2. In brown, I typed reserved in centur font, sister of the bride in good vibrations font and then added our monogram at the bottom left.
  3. After printing I glued a second sheet of cardstock to the back using 3M General Purpose 45 Spray Adhesive to make the sign less bendable. (By the way, you can find the spray glue at any craft store.)
  4. Next I traced an upside down cup to make the rounded corners and cut them out with scissors.
  5. Finally, I cut four feet of brown ribbon and used the spray glue to attach the ribbon to the back of the sign.

I made six signs total and the whole thing cost less than $15. The most expensive part was the can of spray adhesive which I was able to use for other projects. And by the way, they looked totally fabulous on the dark brown wooden benches at the ceremony!

Did any of you have problems finding reserved seating signs that would work?


Mrs. Meerkat

Kalamazoo, MI/Riviera Maya
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December 2010
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    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 12:12 pm

    this is great, I was contemplating how to do reserved seating as well. B-e-a-utiful!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:21 pm

    They turned out perfectly!

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    sugarpea 5090 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:42 pm

    They’re lovely (: I think they’re the best I’ve ever seen haha

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:52 pm

    ah, you’ve reminded me of another thing to add to my to do list. :)
    terrific job, meerkat….you’re a photoshop extraordinaire!

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    Iuxta, Guest @ 3:04 pm

    Gorgeous! Thanks for the great idea!

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    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:38 pm

    Those look great!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:44 pm

    @sugarpea: *blush* I am really happy with how they turned out! 😛

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    dolphindoll, Guest @ 12:50 am

    Great idea- these are so cute and I LOVE your monogram. For other bees considering this project, I might recommend sandwiching the ribbon between the two sheets of card stock– that way there will be no sticky residue on the back of the card that might get on the seat, and the ribbon will be even more secure.

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:55 pm

    @dolphindoll: Hehe Yea I took the easy way out so that I didn’t have to line up the paper perfectly. If you glue them together first you can trim any excess edges that didn’t meet up 100%. And I lucked out because the spray glue doesn’t leave any sticky residue.

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    Meerkat Signage | Weddingbee, Guest @ 10:45 am

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    Jennifer, Guest @ 9:53 am

    Love your work! What dimensions did you use for your signs? These are perfect as my wedding will be outdoors and I don’t want the signs to blow away!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:01 am

    @Jennifer: Hmm If I remember right we did a full sheet of paper, 8.5″ x 11″. What I did was get the dimension of the bench and made it 2/3 the width of the bench. 😛

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