Just as fashion is cyclical, décor can be too – and with more and more couples looking for unique ways to personalize their weddings, it's no wonder neon has entered the wedding world after making a major comeback in both fashion and design. The signage is certainly eye-catching and modern couples are using neon signs in their décor. While playful and fun, they also provide an edgy ambience to a reception or after-party, acting as a functional way to add a bit of vibrant light to the soirée.
Personalization is also a key element as to why the neon sign has risen in popularity over the past year or so. With more and more pairs wanting to add their own unique spin on the day, a custom neon sign denoting their new shared last name, a crest or monogram, or even a phrase special to the pair throughout their relationship will certainly make the day feel more like "theirs" – regardless of how timeless the rest of the décor may be.
We've seen couples use neon signs at the ceremony, but we find that they're most popular at the cocktail hour, reception, or after-party. They can be used to direct guests to certain areas, be suspended over the area where the party usually starts – the bar, and they're most often seen as a photo booth backdrop. The best part of a custom neon wedding sign is that it can be used after the big day in your home or for future celebrations. If you love the idea of a neon wedding sign but need some ideas, take a look at the below photos from real weddings for inspiration!
This couple’s new shared last name was displayed on a neon sign at the entrance to the celebration where guests also found their seating assignments. Photo by Valorie Darling Photography; From Real Wedding: Santa Monica Wedding with Tropical Touches & East Coast Inspiration
One month after NFL player Levine Toilolo played in Super Bowl LI, he and his beloved exchanged vows in California, which included a lively reception complete with a “Fall in Love” neon sign. Photo by McCune Photography; From Real Wedding: NFL Player Levine Toilolo & Stephanie Ming's California Wedding
These newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a photo booth in front of a custom neon sign displaying the couple’s names. Photo by Jana Williams Photography; From Real Wedding: Classically Elegant Alfresco Ceremony & Ballroom Reception in Ojai
For this luxurious Chicago wedding, guests found their seating assignments on escort cards attached to tassels, which were displayed on a wall with two "LOVE" neon signs. Photo by KingenSmith; Floral & Event Design by HMR Designs; From Real Wedding: Luxurious Wedding Featuring Sentimental Butterfly Décor in Chicago
As an ode to the bride’s drink of choice, one side of the room showcased a rosé bar bedecked with blush blooms and a pink neon sign that read, “Stop and Smell the Rosé." Photo by Karlisch Photography; From Real Wedding: Luxury Hotel Wedding with Personalized Elements in Dallas, Texas
The groom and groomsmen posed in front of the couple’s custom neon sign, which was displayed on a rustic wall of wood and greenery throughout the reception. Photo by Carrie King Photographer; From Real Wedding: Chic Winter Wedding at a Church + Industrial Artsy Venue in Denver
During cocktail hour, attendees found their seating assignments for the reception written on marble stationer cards, which were displayed on boxwood walls decorated with Venetian mirrors and another neon sign featuring the duo’s monogram. Photo by Karlisch Photography; From Real Wedding: Luxury Hotel Wedding with Personalized Elements in Dallas, Texas
A large hedge wall at this wedding was illuminated with a fuchsia neon sign that read, “to the moon and back” – an important phrase for the couple. Photo by Valorie Darling Photography; From Real Wedding: Santa Monica Wedding with Tropical Touches & East Coast Inspiration
The couple's special cocktail hour featured “his” and “hers” areas – the groom’s side of the space boasted a scotch bar adorned with an arch of succulents and a green “On the Rocks” neon sign. Photo by Karlisch Photography; From Real Wedding: Luxury Hotel Wedding with Personalized Elements in Dallas, Texas
Next to the DJ area, a custom neon sign that read "Wood Vibes Only" as a play on the groom's last name was one of professional baseball player Alex Wood's favorite wedding details. Photo by Jordan Voth Photography; From Real Wedding: Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Alex Wood's Romantic Fall Wedding
The dessert display at this celebration featured an on-trend chalkboard sign as well as a “Sweets” neon pink sign. Photo by Callaway Gable; Planning & Design by Bob Gail Events; From Real Wedding: Festive New Year's Eve Wedding with Surprises in Beverly Hills
Behind the stage for the live band, a custom neon sign that read "You matter to me" provided a modern twist to the luxurious décor that brought the outside in. Photo by KingenSmith; Floral & Event Design by HMR Designs; From Real Wedding: Luxurious Wedding Featuring Sentimental Butterfly Décor in Chicago
Guests of Shaun Thompson and Scott Blokker's wedding were invited to enter the "Blokker Lavender Lounge" for karaoke. The entrance featured a neon sign and a table decorated with a black lamp featuring a beaded purple shade, as well as candle votives dipped in fuchsia glitter. Photo by Turn Loose the Art; From Real Wedding: Insanity Creator Shaun T's Broadway-Themed New York City Wedding
Since the couple had eloped in Las Vegas fifty years earlier, their 50th anniversary party (and surprise vow renewal) featured neon signage in the spirit of Vegas. Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Planning & Design by Linda Howard Events; From Real Event: 50th Anniversary Party + a Surprise Vow Renewal in Beverly Hills