Wedding trends come and go, but many from the last decade or so have managed to evade the faults of their predecessors — ahem, over-the-top bridesmaids dresses from the ’80s — by embracing a sort-of minimalistic and timeless aesthetic. This is particularly true when it comes to decor. Rather than overloading a space with just anything that matches their wedding’s color combinations, couples have instead opted for one or two statement pieces that set the tone in a big way. Think flower walls, accent chandeliers, hanging greenery, and, as of late, neon signs.
No, neon signs weren’t just recently invented. Yes, they’ve almost certainly been incorporated into weddings or other celebrations before. However, in the past couple of years, they’ve quickly begun to take the place of more traditional wedding decor. This is likely due in part to the fact that they can be customized, which is important for an accessory that, especially if large, lays the groundwork for the rest of a wedding’s decor.
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This doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, though. Neon signs can be used in big or small ways, all depending on you and your S.O.’s vision for your big day (and how much you’re willing to spend). Here, we’ll break down where to go about buying (and potentially customizing) neon signs and what to expect price-wise. We’ve also included a few of our favorite wedding neon signs that are sure to provide inspiration for your own nuptials!
Where to Shop
Depending on where you live, you may have the option of meeting with design companies face-to-face — something that could be important if you’re looking to create an elaborate or hard-to-explain neon sign. This will obviously be easier for couples located in big cities. For example, New York City is home to many, such as Vida Signs or Let There Be Neon Inc; as is Los Angeles, with options including Best Buy Neon Signs and Nights of Neon.
If you don’t live near any similar shops, or don’t care about an in-person meeting, there’s luckily a wide range of options available online.
This NYC-based contemporary neon studio was co-founded by Lena Imamura and Sas Simon in 2014. Their website boasts an impressive number of original designs — including a multitude of wedding-themed ones — in addition to a custom design app that walks you through the entire design process, from font color to display backing. Rentals are also available!
Unique for its wide range of free services — from custom mock-ups to shipment — WEON is as legit as it gets, boasting clients like shopbop and American Eagle. Buy from their ready-made collection or take advantage of the affordable custom design process.
You can’t tell, but all of the custom signs designed by Echo Neon are handcrafted using LED lights, the more eco-friendly and energy-efficient solution to traditional neon. The shop has a few ready-made signs, but after browsing through the team’s portfolio of custom options that have been made for customers from around the globe, you’ll likely want to make your own creation.
This UK studio — which also prides itself on creating neon signs that are eco-friendly — is a particularly good option for couples who aren’t exactly sure what they want, as the store has more than 400 designs that can be customized by color and size.
Etsy is home to a ton of shops that sell both pre-designed and custom-made neon signs. Here are just a few:
There’s no real answer to the question, “How much does a neon sign cost?” because, well, it depends. Pre-made signs are obviously cheaper than customized ones, but it’s too difficult to name a starting point when there’s some for $10 and others for $3,000.
If you’re looking for a general range for customized neon signs, HowMuchIsIt.org estimates that they typically cost anywhere between $200 and $1,500. “For instance, when researching some customized neon signs, we were quoted about $450 for a basic 18×24-inch sign,” the HowMuchIsIt.org team wrote. “When customizing, a company will ask how many lines you want, which size you want it to be and if you want to include any pictures.”
According to Bizfluent, fluorescent signs — which don’t look exactly the same as neon ones — are much cheaper, costing as little as $30 per square foot and around $10 for the bulbs.
Even if you don’t end up buying your neon sign from Etsy, browsing different shops on the site is a great way to get a general idea of what you’ll be spending.
The couples behind the below neon signs used them in a variety of creative ways, most of which were customized to their liking!