Light up the Night with Neon Signage at Your Wedding

This retro touch is finding new life in this wedding décor trend.

Emma Frankart Henterly
Columbus Monthly
A rented neon sign from Prema Designs

This story first appeared in the spring/summer 2022 issue of Columbus Weddings, published in December 2021.

Inspired by everything from social media to ice cream shops to celebrity weddings, Central Ohio couples are jumping on this wedding trend that doubles as home décor after the big day. But it’s not just the couples on these pages; local neon artist Mike Bowersmith is seeing a rise in the popularity of custom neon signs as décor, too. 

The process is simple, he says: A client provides a design or works with him to make one; Bowersmith then colors the glass tubes (“I can actually do just about any color but brown, gray or black,” he says), bends them into the specified shape, fills it with the appropriate combination of neon and argon, attaches the electrical components and mounts it on acrylic so it can be hung as a display. 

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For an 18-by-30-inch sign, Bowersmith’s pricing runs around $200 or $250, depending on the number of letters in the name or phrase and the complexity of the overall design. That cost goes up if a couple is working with one of the sign companies in and around Ohio—like D-aNite Sign Co., Custom Sign Center, Morrison Sign Co. or Advance Sign Group, to name a few—that hire Bowersmith to create neon signage. 

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Bowersmith does not have a website, as he intends to retire in the next five to six years; couples interested in commissioning a piece from him directly can contact him at glassdragon42@hotmail.com

Here’s a look at local weddings that used neon signage for their décor: 

The Lonchors turned their sign into a selfie station.

Olivia and Jeff Lonchor 

The Lonchors rented their sign from Prema Designs and made it into a selfie station. “I thought it was a fun and trendy way to add a little bit of flair to our day,” Olivia says. 

A sign on the patio made for a perfect photo op.
The Galls at Revery at North 4th Corridor

Megan and Matt Gall 

Aisle & Co. helped the Galls source their neon sign, which they placed “so that the photos would capture the Columbus skyline,” Megan says. 

A neon sign illuminated the Perkins’ DJ area.

Julie and Joe Perkins 

“We saw it as a fun way to add some personality and ambiance,” Julie says of their sign. “We wanted to create an experience to remember.”  

The Raschillas and their custom sign

Morgan and Anthony Raschilla 

A custom last-name sign popped against a backdrop of faux greenery at Jorgensen Farms Historic Barn and made for “Instagrammable pictures,” Morgan says. 

The Milettis purchased their sign via Etsy.

Megan and Drew Miletti 

Megan says her last-name sign, which she ordered from Etsy, “was perfect for an Instagram-worthy spot” that guests took advantage of “more than I could have imagined!”  

Guests loved the photo station at the Milettis’ wedding.