What’s a bride to D.O.?

As you may or may not recall, I want to be able to use the word “bride” as much as possible on my wedding day. I know a lot of people prefer to go the “Mr. & Mrs.” route, but I figure I have my whole life to be a “Mrs.” So, I had originally planned on doing simple chalkboard bride-and-groom chair signs tied with some burlap, lace, and pink ribbon. Simple and sweet. Done and done.

Then, during a sort of sale-induced Michaels shopping frenzy, I picked up these large (about 10 inches tall) white wooden letters on sale. They were only $1.50 each, plus I think it’s kind of sweet that our initials spell “DO.”

I literally had no plan. I just bought them and hoped I could work them in somehow. Now, I am thinking they might make great chair signs. However, I am not entirely ready to give up on the bride-and-groom signs. I have collected a series of inspiration pictures and am kind of hoping I can incorporate these different elements into a cohesive design. (Hang in there. I know there is A LOT going on!)

I really like the sweetness of these signs. We are also using a lot of whimsical calligraphy at our wedding, so signs like this but smaller might work.


I love the feel of this one. The mix of items is really pretty. I feel like this would only work for my chair, though. I would want to make the groom’s chair a little more masculine. Maybe we could do pink ribbon and lace on mine and burlap and lace on his.


I think this whole setup might be the closest to what I want. Instead of blue ribbon it would be pink or lace. However, I would hang the letters a little lower and then add the words “bride” and “groom” to the chair.


After all that, I realized that maybe it’s just too much. Maybe I should just K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, silly). Look at how sweet and simple these striped letters are:


I love the print on these letters. I think I also prefer the way the letters are hung with the two strands instead of just one.


I love these fabric pom-poms. I think they are a great touch and would be super simple. I don’t love the white/on white/on white, but since my chairs will probably be gold/silver, I can add a pink pom-pom or fabric flowers to my chair and burlap ones to the groom chair. Hmm…so many possibilities.


As an alternative to adding bride-and-groom signs to the chairs, I could somehow try to do something like the following photo. There is actually a great tutorial on how to do this…The problem is that I only have one set of letters, so I really can’t afford to mess them up with a complicated DIY project.


Love these. Simple, romantic, and really DIY-able!


I think I’m gonna keep the letters white, do something simple with burlap, ribbon, and lace, and just call it a day. Who would have thought chair signs could be so complicated!?!

I know lots of people have used these wooden letters, so please share…I could use a little crafty feedback from the hive!


Mrs. Pancakes

New York/Costa Rica
Wedding Date:
May 2011
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  1. magic Bee
    magic 640 posts, Busy bee @ 9:49 am

    I like the second pic and the fifth pic. Combine those two and you are golden! Thanks for all the chair sign inspiration in one place!

  2. elephant Bee
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:01 am

    I really like #1 and #5, can’t wait to see what you decide on!

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    toshella 730 posts, Busy bee @ 10:16 am

    Darn, almost every single one had me thinking, “I like that one the best!” Ummm to narrow it down… I like the hanging style on #5 and the simplicity of #6 (though you could definitely stray from white-on-white). I think #3 is way too busy with all those hanging ribbons.
    I really like the cute veil on #8 and think you could change the “Mr. and Mrs” to “bride” and “groom” so that you can still incorporate your B-word! Good luck!

    PS- My and FI’s initials spell “MY” which, like you, I’ve always liked! Yay for weddingy initials!

  4. locket Bee
    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:39 am

    I like the idea of keeping the letters simple and spicing them up with ribbons, lace and flowers.

  5. tartlet Bee
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:50 am

    I love the letters in #5, but the girly-girl in me totally wants a chair like the one in #2. Love the chair swag!

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    Sabina, Guest @ 12:08 pm

    Those letters are such a great idea…

  7. meerkat Bee
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:15 pm

    I really love the last one the most but I am sucker for anything scrapbook-ish.

  8. painauchocolat Bee
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:12 pm

    I would keep it simple for ease of transport to your DW. But I really love the romantic and whimsical look of #1.

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    CaptainSpaulding 4636 posts, Honey bee @ 7:16 am

    I’m trying to decide how to do these as well, so thanks for this! Love 1st and 5th pics, although I’m not sure if I want them to say “Bride & Groom” or “Mr. & Mrs.”……… decisions decisions…. 🙂

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