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Chalkboard Wedding Décor and Accessories: Signs, Invitations, Menus, and More

Updated on September 6, 2016
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Chalkboard paint has become a popular option for many different types of wedding items. From invitations to menus to signs, there is something for everyone. Some people plan entire chalkboard paint themed weddings while other people pick out one or two items to incorporate into another theme. There are lots of handmade and mass produced chalkboard items available for purchase as well as tutorials for creating personalized items of your own.

Chalkboard Decor and Accessory Ideas for Weddings

Just a Few of the Most Popular Ideas
Signs
Invitations
Menus
Table Numbers
Favors
Seating Chart
Photo Props and Backgrounds
Garland
Wedding Program
Centerpiece Vases or Jars
You can easily customize this concept for a wedding sign.
You can easily customize this concept for a wedding sign. | Source
A similar sign concept that is easy to customize for a wedding.
A similar sign concept that is easy to customize for a wedding. | Source

Signs

There is no limit to the ideas for chalkboard paint wedding signs. The following ideas are some of the most popular options.

  • Bride + groom. Some people simply use the words "bride and groom" while others use the names of the bride and groom.
  • Quotes. There are so many wonderful quotes about weddings, marriage, and love. Consider short poems and song lyrics as well.
  • Date. In addition to the wedding date, some people have a sign with an engagement date or dating anniversary.
  • Welcome to our wedding.
  • Here comes to the bride.
  • Thanks for coming.
  • Chalk outlines of the wedding couple.
  • Wedding this way (with an arrow). Some people also have signs directing guests to other places of note (i.e. cocktail reception).

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Save the Dates and Invitations

You can modify virtually any save the date or wedding invitation design for a chalkboard design. Keep in mind that these stationery pieces feature reproductions of chalkboards, as this is a more feasible option for mailing. The first link below has a great round up of items for purchase online. There are lots of choices at Etsy, Wedding Paper Divas, and Minted. This concept is pretty self-explanatory. For those who are crafty, you may want to take on the challenge of creating your own design.

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Menus

As the chalkboard trend extends well beyond weddings, you may have seen this concept in a restaurant, bar, or cafe. Some couples feature a large menu at the entrance to a reception hall while either people create smaller menus for each table. Alternative, you may want to create separate menus for different portions of the meal (i.e. appetizers, desserts, etc). Consider customizing the menu colors to coordinate with your wedding colors and choosing a font or handwriting style that matches the tone of your wedding.

Table Numbers

Chalkboard table numbers are simple and inexpensive and easily pull together the entire chalkboard theme for a wedding. You can put chalkboard paint on a wide variety of centerpiece item from empty wine bottles to recycled planters. Again, consider colors and overall tone for a wedding when designing table numbers so they fit with the aesthetic of the wedding. There are lots of creative ideas for table numbers as well as table names. For example, a couple might decide to assign table numbers based on the players' numbers from a favorite football team.

Favors

There is no limit to the chalkboard favor options, but these are a few of the most popular ideas.

  • Favor pails or jars with chalkboard paint. Write the recipients names in chalk. Fill the pails with the items of your choosing.
  • Mini decorated chalkboards. For example, you can attach a paper heart to each chalkboard or decorate the borders of the boards with ribbon. Some people also gift chalkboards in creative shapes, such as hearts.
  • Homemade food gift with chalkboard label. Are you giving your wedding guests a food gift? Use chalkboard paint for the label on the jar.
  • Candles with a chalkboard label. This is another gift that you can personalize with the recipients names or you can mix it up with the wedding date, a love quote, etc.
  • Picture frames with chalkboard paint borders. Include a photo of the wedding couple or another photo that you love, such as a photo of your home city.
  • Chalkboard paint coasters.

Seating Chart

There are two popular ways to construct chalkboard seating charts. Some people create a single large board with the entire chart while some people use a small board for each table. For further organization within a large board, some people alphabetize the list while others organize it by table number. Whichever design and organizational method you choose, make sure that the wording is large enough that everyone can read it easily without crowding around the sign.

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Photo Props and Backgrounds

Fun photo props are all the rage these days. Grab a few small chalkboards and pieces of chalk and have fun adding some creative messages to your wedding photos. If you want to get your guests in on the fun, add photo props to a photo booth or leave them on the reception tables.

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Garland

There are many different types of garland designs that work well with wooden components that can be covered in chalkboard paint. For example, consider stringing wooden hearts and writing a different letter on each heart to spell out a romantic message. Garlands are a wonderful decoration option for a ceremony or reception. They can also serve as a whimsical backdrop for wedding photos.

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Wedding Program

Instead of paying for printed programs, create a single wedding program on a large chalkboard. People who are having large weddings may want to create multiple boards. Some couples also opt to use different boards for different parts of the program, such as the wedding party on one board and the order of the ceremony on another board. All of these options are likely to be considerably cheaper than printed programs and will create a unique lasting memory for many of the guests.

Centerpiece Vases or Jars

Most couples add a chalkboard table number sign and/or menu to a flower arrangement or other vase décor (i.e. mason jars filled with colorful stones) for a chalkboard centerpiece. Decorative chalkboard favors, such as pails filled with goodies, also work well for adding a chalkboard component to the tables.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, truthfornow! You're right that the current options for chalkboard paint and low dust chalk make these ideas both appealing and accessible.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I never thought of chalkboard paint for a wedding ~ nice fun ideas here. I love the idea of chalkboard paint and if I had my own home I would probably have just a wall of chalkboard haha. There are many options today like low dust chalk that makes the idea much more attractive.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Suzie! It is amazing how many options there are for this unique wedding theme.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      How unusual, what a really creative thing to do, never would have thought there were so many options, articles and videos on this! You are a mind of information as always! Great creativity! Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, tirelesstraveler! That's great.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Looks fun as well as interesting.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Om! I agree that it is an unusual concept, but when it's done well, it's very cute.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Chalkboard wedding décor, huh? That is pretty unusual, but I can totally see how cute it could be, if done creatively. Thanks for sharing these lovely ideas. It's always fun to read your hubs :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Kathryn! You're absolutely right that many of these ideas are applicable beyond weddings.

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      Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      These are very useful, creative ideas. Thank you for sharing them with us. They are useful for more than weddings, but I would have never thought to use them for an event like that.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Eddy! Thanks!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Very intersting and useful. I do not have the need for it but know someone who will.

      Voted up and passed on.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It is so much fun! Writing on a chalkboard isn't really my forte either. I do better with lettering on smaller mediums. :)

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Chalkboard paint is so much fun! Some people can create beautiful lettering and pictures with chalk, but t really isn't my forte. When I waited tables I'd have to make the lunch special board when I was the early server and I was always embarrassed by how it looked!

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