By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete
You really can’t get away without a DIY element or two sneaking their way into a wedding these days. It’s the best way for brides and grooms to personalize their big day. However, not all of us are like Martha Stewart, so what is an easy way to infuse that personal charm? Chalkboards! Anything from chalkboard paint to a printable will do the trick. The best part is that you can apply this idea to pretty much any detail at your wedding, you can erase and start over, and most of these things can be re-purposed. Read on to see all of the possibilities of chalkboard paint and chalkboard inspired items!
1. Create a backdrop for your Dessert Bar and ditch the extra work of making separate labels. Add in names, quotes and things that mean something special to you and your partner. Image via A Beautiful Mess // 2. Obviously these cookies aren’t an actual chalkboard, but how great would they be to tie in a few other real chalkboard elements you have throughout your venue?! Customized cookie image by Paper Antler via Shauna Younge // 3. Directional signage is very necessary in large venues and keeps your guests in the know as to where they should be at each moment. Image by Max Wanger via Martha Stewart Weddings // 4. This cake topper is such a simple DIY project. Paint a wood heart with chalkboard paint, hot glue to a skewer and add your initials with chalk. Image via Hello Naomi // 5. Chair Markers like these are a beautiful way to designate the couples area with the extra detail they deserve (in the place of escort or place cards). If you don’t have the handwriting you want displayed on your big day, enlist a friend and let them get creative. Image by Ryan Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty // 6. These table numbers might be the simplest project here. Take all of the plaques home after and use for grocery lists, to-do lists or food labels at your next get together. Image by Eric Kelley Photography via Wedding Chicks // 7. I designed and made buttons for my own wedding and they were a hit! Guests love to support the happy couple and take home a few extra favors to remember how much fun they had. Image via A Flair For Buttons // 8. Not going with a traditional program? How about re-purposing an old frame into a board to list out your bridal party and ceremony details? Sign image via The Nichols
1. Escort cards in frames are working double duty. Attach a tag and tell guests to take them home as their favor! Go one step further and give them frames that fit one of the printed photos from your photo booth. Each guest will go home with their very own memory in a frame. Image by Cecilia Flaming via Rustic Wedding Chic // 2. Garland is the ultimate piece that you can reuse after your wedding. Write a meaningful phrase on your big day, then take home to use on birthdays or other big celebrations. Image via Zulily // 3. Stain or paint the edge of a ready made chalkboard and sketch your menu out for guests to read as they come in to sit down for dinner. Image by Robin O’Neill Photography via Style Me Pretty // 4. Chalkboard inspired invitations are perfectly simple and are a great jumping off point to take design elements from for other signage in your wedding venue. Image via Nostalgic Imprints // 5. Ready to go, printable tags will fancy up any favor. Image via The Elli Blog
So what are your thoughts on the chalkboard trend? I could honestly use all of the elements in my wedding (if I had the chance to do it over)!
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