Posted by Roselyn Llovit

So you’ve met the partner of your dreams. You’re ready to make it official. You want your special day to be distinctive. You’re looking for something that will set you apart. Here’s a thought: Say, “I do” with chalk! Try out these wedding ideas for the ultimate DIY chalkboard wedding without breaking the ATM.

chalkboard wedding sign

Announce your love to the world
Wedding signboards can be conservative or humorous, even zany. Seating arrangements don’t have to be on the invitation or plastered to a wall. This seating arrangement is hung from the ceiling. Write text with liquid chalk markers on chalkboard, windows, glass, porcelain, plastic, fiberglass, metal, mirrors, or any smooth surface. 

seating arrangement etched on glass



Save on printing costs by enlisting the help of artistic friends, family or students at your local art school to hand paint (or use calligraphy on) your menus and invitations. Menus designed with chalk don’t need to be on a black background. For an unconventional menu, use a repurposed mirror.

menu etched on a mirror

Courtesy of Emily Scannell Photography (Kenwood wedding) 

Choose a motif
The usual practice is to pattern the wedding according to the month, season, or other event when the wedding will take place. You don’t have to go with the norm. Let your theme follow your inclinations, ideologies... even leisure activities. The last one explains why there are couples who hold their ceremonies underwater or hanging from parachutes. One environment-conscious couple wanted to share their green sentiments with guests, so they filled a wheelbarrow with seeds for the wedding party to plant. Talk about new life springing from a coupling!

chalkboard Mr & Mrs chairsSource
Courtesy of ‘LilyandVal’ (Etsy store owned by Valerie McKeehan)

ghost/transparent chairs

The ceremonial table
‘Mr. & Mrs.’ signs on chalkboard are cute. If you don’t have chalkboard, write the words on chalkboard vinyl sheets and stick them on wooden panels or cardboard. Neon liquid chalk on light-colored porcelain tile makes eye-catching signs. Or use liquid chalk pens to write on ghost chairs made of fiberglass, silicon, or plastic.


wedding centerpiece with lantern, flowers and chalkboard bottle

Prettying up your guests’ tables
This centerpiece is a combination of four ordinary elements, but when put together make a pretty picture. The bottle is dipped in chalk paint, making it a mini canvas for liquid chalk writing. Get candles from the dollar store and the lantern from Michael’s. The lantern’s metallic finish is another ideal surface for chalk designs. Complete the centerpiece by surrounding the lantern with your choice of blooms.


flower pot favors 


 metal planter party favor

The party favors are alive!
These tin pails and chalkboard plant pots with flowers have a double purpose. They make perfect tokens, as well as table markers. Use calligraphy to write your message of remembrance on them with liquid chalk for an elegant finish.

framed bar menuSource

Raising the bar
Categorizing your drinkables is a cinch with tabletop signs. This framed chalkboard menu is made either by writing on chalkboard and framing it, or slipping chalkboard contact paper inside a store-bought picture frame.

What does it cost to say “I do”? Not much, we hope, with the application of the above ideas—added to yours, of course. Let us know how your wedding party went. Send us photos of your decorations done with liquid chalk. Post your links in the comment box below.


Summary: The ultimate DIY chalkboard wedding for those who want to tie the knot with distinction.



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