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posted by Candice March 3, 2009 15 Comments

I think everyone appreciates chalkboard. I’m not sure why – it must hearken back to our elementary school days when getting called to write on the chalkboard was fun (at least it was for me!). I love the way chalkboard has been utilized at weddings and thought I’d give you a bit of chalkboard inspiration.

The obvious is chalkboard-turned-menu. I love how this couple used an old surf board as their surface to paint. Since chalkboard paint can go on virtually any clean surface, you can make anything your chalkboard menu. You can do a traditional bistro-style chalkboard menu, or maybe hang chalkboard tiles from clothes line strung between two trees. There are a million opportunities here to be creative and the best part: it is super expensive and easy to do!

In my search for this post I came across this fun and innovative chalkboard vinyl wall decals from Spell It Out Designs on etsy.com. To say I love these vintage / Victorian-inspired chalk frames would be an understatement! Vinyl is easily removable from any surface and leaves no trace that it has been there. While it is great for using on the walls, doors, or windows of your venue you should inquire first whether your location will allow you to do it. If they do, great! You can use these again as menu cards, place card displays, wedding signs (“wedding this way!”), inscribe a quote, thank you, note. Leave it blank and allow your guests to leave you messages! The possibilities are endless. And if you can’t put it on a wall, simply build a surface to put it on.

I’m also totally loving these chalkboard plant stakes used instead as a place card. These are from Crossroads Cottage, but you can easily make them yourself with a little time and energy. They’d be perfect for a smaller wedding! I also love them used in the tablescape design, tucked into a floral arrangement. They would also look perfect tucked into your stationary hors d’oeuvre display, or if you can, on your passed hors d’oeuvre trays.

This isn’t done often enough, probably because it isn’t that simple, but I love the look of these giant chalkboard seatting arrangement displays from a fete event. The key is to have a wedding planner who not only has gorgeous handwriting, but write in a straight line!

This fun and thoughtful idea comes from a wedding featured on one of our favorite blogs, OnceWed. The bride got the idea from Wonderful Graffiti to have a word search at the reception to entertain guests. If anything, it is just pure beauty, and makes for a great photo op. I’m sure her guests had a fabulous time using it, too!

Last but not least, why not add a chalk board (or dry erase board) to your wedding’s photo booth? You never know what message might turn up! Just be sure to have something handy to wipe all the chalk that is bound to rub off on everyone’s black clothing. This is where we tell you that the dry erase board might be a better idea!

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15 Comments

isha March 3, 2009 at 9:09 am

Great post! I love all these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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Amanda Herzberger (Orchard Cove) March 3, 2009 at 9:24 am

ooooooh – I love that one from the Fete party – so beautiful. The word search is pretty super cute as well!

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Erin@BrideDesign March 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

Gorgeous ideas! Love the decals!

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Spell It Out designs March 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Thanks for the highlight on your blog!

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Eliana@BYSE March 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Excellent post and ideas.

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Austin Weddings March 3, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Such a great idea! Not only is it fun and casual, but it’s also inexpensive! Thanks for sharing!

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Robin Dini March 20, 2009 at 10:09 am

I had a bride in 2007 who was a school teacher and she had little mini chalk boards that she used for her placecards. they were so cute!

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Angie Wood May 8, 2009 at 2:43 am

Soooooo cool! I love it! As a wedding photographer we are always excited to see the details and this would be an awesome wedding to be at! Thanks for sharing it!

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Karen Kearney September 17, 2009 at 8:49 am

Wonderful! So happy to see chalkboards as a part of this special day! Chalkboards are a rustic charming way to personalize any wedding!

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Tom from Woodrow Hall January 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I help run a Birmingham banquet facility that is nearly a century old.

We have a chalkboard that we created using an old painting frame that had the painting removed. It was highly ornate and just needed some antiquing to make if functional. We used a cream colored “chalkboard paint” for the actual board. It is on a stand we bought at a chain craft store. Remember that you can use many different colors other than black.

We also took several old small doors that were not being used from our antique venue and painted a few of their panels with black and put small legs on the bottom and a 1×6 shaped piece of pine as a leg hinged to the top that created a “tripod” so brides could use it outside. (looks like some of the signs outside restaurants only larger

Brides use this to direct traffic as people walk in.

Another chalk board in a frame announces the signature drink.

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Johanna October 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Love the various chalk board uses– very beautiful. I just launched an Etsy store called Love, Boma where I am selling customized chalk boards in beautiful decorative frames. Check them out http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveBoma

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Lauren Elyse S. June 14, 2013 at 8:09 pm

A client of mine saw this post about a surfboard chalkboard & commissioned me to paint one for her as well, thought you might be interested in the end result! :) Lauren

You can find photos on my blog, facebook & instagram:

http://laurenelysefineart.com/blog/

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