Signage might not be the first detail you think about when it comes to your wedding décor, but it’s a great opportunity to add a personal touch to different areas of your space. A hand-lettered welcome sign that lays out the schedule of the day, for example, can be customized with a monogram, logo or your wedding date—and it’s helpful for guests. The same applies to signage for your menu, photo booth area or wedding favor table.
While there are plenty of options out there—from neon signs to banners—we love wedding chalkboard signs because they literally offer a blank slate. If you consider yourself the crafty type and want to DIY your own version, go for it. Or you could pick up a few affordable signs and hire a calligrapher to art them with seriously impressive hand-lettering. Get inspired by our 18 favorite wedding chalkboard ideas below.
1. Bridal Party Champagne Toastonelove photography
Start the wedding day off with an encouraging chalkboard sign in your getting-ready room. An ornately framed one will look lovely on a bar cart stocked with elegant toasting glasses.
From: A Romantic, Natural Wedding at the Loft on Pine in Long Beach, California
2. “Thank You” Entrance SignRachel Red Photography
It’s never too early to thank your guests for attending your wedding day. Write words of gratitude on a large chalkboard easel they’ll see when they enter your venue.
From: A Rustic Vintage Wedding at the Farm, A Gathering Place in Candler, North Carolina
3. Wedding Day TimelineLoreto Caceres Photography
Make sure everybody’s on the same page by scrawling your wedding day schedule on a standing chalkboard sign.
From: A Glam Park Wedding at Boathouse in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York
4. Ceremony Sign With the Wedding Party NamesSharon Nicole Photography
Can’t fit your wedding party in your wedding programs? Don’t sweat it. Write their names on a chalkboard ceremony sign instead.
From: An Organic, Fall-Inspired Wedding at the Gallery in Houston, Texas
5. Calligraphed Ceremony Seating SignWe Are The Mitchells
Incorporate useful instructions (like seating guidelines) into the rest of your décor by way of cute chalkboard sign messages.
From: A Country-Chic Wedding at Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, Florida
6. Hand-Lettering on a Vintage DIY ChalkboardKaylina Norton Photography
An intricate monogram rendered in chalk will certainly impress guests.
From: An Urban, Rustic Wedding at Via Vecchia Winery in Columbus, Ohio
7. Unplugged Ceremony SignLimelight Photography
Cell phone separation anxiety is real, so the sweeter you enforce an unplugged ceremony, the better. Try explaining the decision with a lighthearted message scrawled on a chalkboard sign.
From: A Refined Rustic Wedding at Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida
8. “Here Comes Your Girl” Aisle SignNYK + Cali Photography
Ring bearers and flower girls don’t actually have to carry rings or flowers. One alternative is to give them chalkboard signs that introduce the bride.
From: A Rustic Southern Wedding at Cedarwood in Nashville, Tennessee
9. Creative Guestbook and Chalkboard SignElizabeth Henson Photography
Don’t miss out on well-wishes. Call attention to your guest book station with the help of a chalkboard sign.
From: A Relaxed, Rustic Wedding at Back Bay Farms in Virginia Beach, Virginia
10. Newlyweds’ Relationship Timeline SignKatie Lindgren Photography
Guests love to know what led up to “I do,” so fill them in with a rundown of your relationship. If you can’t find a segmented sign like this one, try writing each milestone on a different mini chalkboard and then displaying them in order.
From: A Vintage-Inspired Barn Wedding on a Family Farm in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
11. “Love Story” Couple MomentsClint Brewer | Photo
Or, list out your love story in one go, using chalk graphics to separate each timeline item.
From: A Country Chic Wedding at Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas
12. Photo Booth SignLauren Fair Photography
If you’ve paid for a photo booth, it should get its fair use. Point guests in the right direction with a chalkboard that labels the space. Pair it with a light-up arrow, like the one shown here, or simply choose an arrow-shaped sign.
From: A Classic Spring Wedding at Stock’s Manor in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
13. Funny Dance Floor Rules SignDan and Melissa Photography
Chalkboard signs are a great way to infuse your wedding with some humor. We love decorating the dance floor with funny rules, for example.
From: A Natural Wedding at Crooked Creek Ranch in Leelanau County, Michigan
14. Elegantly Framed Dinner MenuMagnolia Photography
Save paper and display your reception menu on signage. If you’re having a buffet, you can also label each type of food with a small chalkboard sign.
From: A Rustic Vineyard Wedding at Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia
15. Rustic Hand-Lettered Dinner MenuVness Photography
If you go the menu route, make sure your chalkboards’ designs reflect the style of food being served. Signs with fancy metal frames work well for a formal meal, while simple wooden frames complement casual fare.
From: A Pastel Wedding at Bluemont Vineyard in Bluemont, Virginia
16. Colorful Cocktail MenuStudio Finch Photography
Whatever type of wedding chalkboard sign you choose, remember that the writing doesn’t have to be white. Colorful chalk really pops, as shown on this wedding bar sign.
From: A Rustic, Romantic Wedding at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
17. Cute Wedding Favor SignRebecca Barger Photography | Natural Style Images
Punny wedding quotes are always popular, especially when they’re tied into a specific detail. For example, display pashmina favors alongside a chalkboard sign that reads, “To have and to hold in case you get cold.”
From: An International, Garden-Inspired Wedding at the Old Mill in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania
18. Rustic Gifts SignBrittrene Photography
Don’t put guests in the awkward position of wondering where to leave the gift they brought. An easy way to designate a drop-off area is by clipping a chalkboard sign onto a decorative basket or table where presents can be stored.
From: A Rustic Woodland Wedding With a Bohemian Twist at Huddart Park in Woodside, California
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