(Closed) What is the standard size for a signature mat at your wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

The easiest thing to do would be to go to a frame store.  Do you happen to have an Aaron Brothers near you?  I ask because right now they’re having their 1 cent sale, buy one frame, get the second for 1 cent.  Anyway, it’s easier to work backwards from the frame.  Pick out a large frame, find a standard size mat that fits it, and have your photo printed to the size of the inside dimension of the mat.  if you get your photo printed first, or just go buy a random mat, you may end up needing either a custom frame or custom mat, which is much pricier.  Just off hand though, for 80 guests, I’d probably go with an 16×20 frame with a mat that has an 11×14 opening.  Both of these are standard sizes, and you should be able to find them pretty cheap.  Michaels has pretty affordable mats and frames, too… especially if you go with a coupon.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would go with an 8×10 photo for a 16×20 frame.  An 11×14 opening doesn’t leave very wide margins for people to write.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We used an 8×10 photo, and the as above, I’d guess that the frame is probably 16×20.  We bought a standard one from Michaels for like $15.00 and called it a day.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

we used an 11×14 w/ 100 guests and stll had lots of room.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I know some craft stores have signature mats that are made especially for weddings (not sure if they are any different from other mats…maybe have more area for signatures?).  You could check the wedding aisle at some place like Michael’s to see what sizes are available.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@dianeanthony: i bet aaron brothers gave you a quote for “custom framing.”  they will totally try to talk you into that, i used to work there (many many many moons ago).  you want to get what’s considered a “stock” frame, which are standard sizes.  if you want a 16×20 frame, you’ll spend about $25, and a mat w/ an 11×14 opening will be about $15.  if you buy 2 frames, or 2 mats, you’ll get the 1 cent price, so basically 50% off.  🙂

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

anyone else? How big was yours, and how many guests did you have?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

FYI Make sure you use an acid free pen!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

We had a lot of guests and went with a 5×7 in a 16×24 frame.  11×14 doesn’t leave enough room for more than 10-20 people.

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