How do I print signage for my wedding or event?

So, you've designed your own signage and you've got the files ready for printing...but now what? This article talks about the three most common types of signage printing used in weddings and events: Poster, foam board and corflute. Read on to find out what each one is and when to use them.

There are several printing options available online or at print shops globally. The three main materials used for signage are: 


(1) paper poster; 

(2) foamboard or; 

(3) corflute


I will go through and explain the difference in pricing, finishing and usage in this post. Along with some printers that offer these services. 


Poster Signage

Just because printing your signage on paper is affordable, it doesn’t have to look cheap. If you have a gorgeous frame to place the poster in, it could turn your signage into a glamorous eye-catcher


When to use poster: Framing, or if you already have a surface to adhere the poster to i.e. a wall. Posters can be printed on different paper stocks, however the usual paper stocks are matte or gloss


Pricing: Starts from about $23.99AUD for A1 size (Based on Vistaprint prices at time of publishing)  


Turnaround time: Usually 24-48 hours if you use a local print shop; 1-2 weeks if you order online and have it shipped to you


Availability: Most print shops can print large format posters (online and physical)


Creative ideas: If you are planning to frame your seating chart or welcome sign, printing the template on standard poster paper is the way to go. It’s affordable, easily transportable and usually has a fast turnaround time


Foam Board Signage

Foam boards are great for displaying on easels at indoor events. They are lightweight and easily transportable


When to use foam boards: Indoor event, easel, leaning against a hard surface, mounting to a wall


Pricing: Starts from about $79.99AUD for A1 size (Based on Vistaprint prices at time of publishing) 


Turnaround time: About 1 week if you order at a local print shop; 2-3 weeks if you order online and have it shipped to you


Availability: Most print shops can print on foam board (online and physical)


Creative ideas: Foam boards look great on easels! You can hire easels in many different styles - there's sure to be an easel that will suit your event!


Corflute Signage (Corrugated plastic)

Corflute is a versatile and durable material that is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It's weatherproof, making it perfect for displaying at outdoor events


When to use corflute: Outdoor event as it is weatherproof, when placing on an easel, leaning against a hard surface, mounting to a wall, hanging on a frame


Pricing: Starts from about $49.99AUD for A1 size (Based on Vistaprint prices at time of publishing) 


Turnaround time: About 1 week if you order at a local print shop; 2-3 weeks if you order online and have it shipped to you


Availability: Only selected print shops print on corflute. Some may be able to insert eyelets for you to hang onto frames


Creative ideas: Dress up your corflute sign by draping foliage or florals around it! Officeworks offers eyelet options for hanging the sign


Where to print signage online and have it delivered


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