[Final photos of this project taken by Redfield Photography; Florals by Devon & Pinkett]
The bar is such a central focus of a wedding, so why not show it a little love with a fun and easy DIY?! This project is great because it’s both useful AND it adds a great amount of color to what might be a traditionally plain space. We love an affordable and impactful DIY around here, especially for a wedding!
Here’s how to make a DIY Signature Drink Sign:
What You’ll Need
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– Cotton fabric
– Iron on vinyl*
– Cutting machine*
– Iron + ironing board
– Ruler or T-square
I used 100% cotton voile. It was lightweight and slightly sheer which is exactly what I was looking for. Here’s the site where I ordered it (I used the color turquoise).
You may want to order samples beforehand just to make sure it’s what you had in mind. The color I used not only matched Ryan’s suit, but it helped our flowers POP!
How To Make A Signature Cocktail Sign
There’s a little precision involved in this project, but other than that, it’s pretty straight forward:
1. You’ll want to have your specific wedding bar measurements before beginning so you have an idea of how large you need to make the sign. Be sure to leave extra room at the top of the sign so it can lay across or be hung on the bar.
2. I suggest matching the font on the signage to the font you use on your wedding invites! It’s just a great way to tie the design all together. Thanks to Sarah Hearts for helping me with the layout for our sign.
When displaying your signature drinks, don’t forget to tell your guests what’s in them so the bartender doesn’t have to repeat themselves all night. I know our signature cocktails were very similar, but they’re our favorite!
3. Cut out your text design with your cutting machine and weed– don’t forget to invert your font! Lay the vinyl on your fabric as a mock up before ironing in place to ensure everything will fit.
4. Once all is to size, cut the fabric. Use a t-square to ensure the lettering is straight and then iron your vinyl in place. I like the look of the frayed fabric edges, but you could also hem them with fusible bonding web.
And that’s how I made the signature drink sign for our wedding! If you have more than one bar, you can make another listing everything available in a bar menu sign. Also how cute would this be for a bridal shower?!
One thing to note if you use cotton voile– it wrinkles! Make sure you designate someone to steam the fabric day of at the venue (something I forgot to do).
I love that it added a soft texture to the bar, that it was readable from across the room, and that it was super affordable to make. Let me know if you have any questions and be sure to check out my other wedding DIYS!