Create ambience with old wood & paint
All you need:
1.A few hours
2.A piece of (old) wood
3.Leftover paint (not even half a cup from last time you painted the kitchen)
4.A small paint brush
5.Maybe a computer to print out the text you want on your sign
Choose the text you want e.g. "Welcome" and write it on a piece of paper in the size you would like on your sign. Or do like me, find a font on your computer which you would like the text to be written in. Type the text (in the chosen font) in a Word Document and print it out.
With a pair of scissors cut out (cut away) the "Welcome-part" so you get a paper with a "hole" that says "Welcome".
Place your paper on top of your wood (attach it with sticky tape so it doesn't move) and draw a pencil line along the edges of the "Welcome-hole". When you remove the paper you you should be able to see the word "Welcome" on the wood which is now ready be to filled in with paint.
Use a small paint brush (maybe a "flat" one) to paint the text with. It is much easier to use a small paint brush than a big one - unless your sign is really big of course.
When the paint is dry you can cut your piece of wood to the size you need (if you haven't done that already), attach it to a pole with two screws or hang it with robe or tiny chains from an archway or similar. It is really quite easy and doesn't require any special equipment.
The best thing about these signs is that they can be prepared a long time before the wedding. There is always so much to do the final days before the Big Day and you really appreciat all the things you were able to prepare months in advance.