20 Best Wedding Chalkboard Ideas For A Stunning Reception

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Wedding signs aren't always the first aspect of a reception that people will plan or even think about. But they are so important. And that's why wedding chalkboards are becoming more and more popular.

Chalkboard signs are common at weddings, and they are a fun and easy way to make the big day feel intimate and personal. There are so many things a bride and groom can do with that wedding chalkboard, too — sharing the schedule of the day, adding a simple welcome message or favorite quote, sharing information related to the menu, designating a photo booth area, or even where to leave the gifts.


If your creativity is drained after all the planning you've been doing, here are some ideas for wedding signs and chalkboards to give your reception an added theme.

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1. Inspirational words



A post shared by (@sight_to_behold) on Jun 6, 2019 at 12:15pm PDT

This chalkboard speaks of life overflowing with abundance. Is there any greater wish for a couple, or their guests, on a wedding day?


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2. Cast of characters



A post shared by (@the.letter.vee) on Jul 27, 2019 at 4:19pm PDT

Much like the credits in a movie, this chalkboard shares the names of everyone in the bridal party and their role for the day.

(Etsy, $20)


3. A simple welcome



A post shared by Martha Cole (@marthacole1959) on Apr 20, 2018 at 7:19am PDT

Welcome to the wedding of (insert bride and groom’s name here)! It’s not fancy, but it’s an important greeting so people know they are in the right place.

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4. Menu



A post shared by Vancouver Calligrapher (@melissajoycalligraphy) on Apr 13, 2019 at 12:03am PDT

Whether it’s an appetizer portion, buffet wedding, or even a seated dinner, it’s a cute idea to share what the guests will be eating as soon as they enter the reception.


(Etsy, $8)

5. Seating arrangement



A post shared by Kassa | Arts & Crafts Supplies (@kassa) on Jul 8, 2019 at 10:02am PDT

You can have little cards out on a table with people’s names and where they are seated, but doing so on the chalkboard wastes a lot less paper and keeps things fun and less formal.

(Etsy, $22.86+)


6. Social media



A post shared by Amanda Kammarada (@amandakammarada) on Aug 4, 2019 at 8:37am PDT

Some weddings are all about the social media shares, but others want guests to stay in the moment. All should be respected. This chalkboard reminds people to unplug as soon as they enter.

(Etsy, $7.78)

7. Timeline



A post shared by Jessica | Utah Calligrapher (@letsletterthis) on Aug 13, 2019 at 4:35pm PDT

A schedule of events is helpful to guests and lets them to know what’s happening. It also give them an idea of what they have to look forward to.


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8. Gifts and cards



A post shared by Crafty Croc (@crafty.croc) on Aug 12, 2019 at 12:34am PDT

Presents at weddings can be awkward. How do you give them? Where do you leave them? Who is collecting them? This chalkboard makes it easier.

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9. Guessing game



A post shared by Desiree L. (@dlace.designs) on Aug 11, 2019 at 4:17pm PDT

Have fun with it. Weddings don’t have to be super serious. This chalkboard provides a fun guessing game for guests. 

(Etsy, $3.50)

10. Drinks



A post shared by Eden Gose (@edengoseart) on Aug 8, 2019 at 10:16am PDT

It’s everyone’s favorite part of the wedding, right? And this chalkboard lets guests also know what sort of drink to order the bride or groom.


(Etsy, $3.50)

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11. Relationship history



A post shared by Calligraphesque (@calligraphesque) on Aug 5, 2019 at 5:27pm PDT

Isn’t this romantic? Not everyone knows how the couple came to this moment, and this chalkboard shows everything from the first kiss to the big day.


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12. Coming together



A post shared by PaintedFaithCo (@paintedfaithco) on Aug 5, 2019 at 7:39am PDT

“Choose a seat, not a side!” is such a beautiful way to depict two families becoming one.

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13. Thank you message



A post shared by By His Grace (@graceelliott_byhisgrace) on Aug 4, 2019 at 11:17am PDT

The bride and groom are so grateful to their guests and families. And this chalkboard says just that.

(Etsy, $46.75+)

14. Coffee bar



A post shared by Made By Madi (@madi_handlettering) on Jul 31, 2019 at 5:16pm PDT

Not every wedding is about the cocktails. For those who have a coffee bar instead (love is brewing... get it?), this is a cute chalkboard.


(Etsy, $3.25)

15. Photo guestbook



A post shared by Mooi met letters (@mooimetletters) on Jul 29, 2019 at 11:01pm PDT

What a cute idea for a wedding chalkboard! This sign explains how to contribute to a photo guestbook and where to leave that photo.

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16. Gift basket



A post shared by Laura Diamond (@diamondleafstudio) on Jul 28, 2019 at 3:07am PDT

Sometimes weddings leave baskets of odds and ends guests may need throughout the night — breath mints, something to fix runs in stockings, band aids. This chalkboard instructs how to use it and what it’s there for.

(Zazzle, $8.55)


17. Registration



A post shared by Sarah hunnibell (@hunnibellchalk) on Jul 28, 2019 at 3:06am PDT

Just arrived at the wedding? This sign shows where to go, what to do, and how to let people know you have arrived.

(Etsy, $9)

18. Change of venue



A post shared by Chalk It Up (@_chalk_it_up) on Jul 25, 2019 at 4:17am PDT

Too hot for an outdoor wedding today? Too rainy? If the wedding has been moved inside or to another room, this is a sign to let people know.


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19. Photo sharing



A post shared by Pineapple + Paper (@pineappleandpaper) on Jul 23, 2019 at 6:19pm PDT

This is the opposite of an unplugged wedding, and we love it. Take a photo and share it so everyone can document the wedding as it's happening.

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20. Guest signing



A post shared by Emilee Stucky (@emilimedesigns) on Jun 15, 2019 at 1:26pm PDT

The chalkboard is for your message, but why not have space left for people to sign their names or leave a note of love? An interactive chalkboard meets guestbook could be lots of fun.

(Etsy, $64.80)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer who focuses on health, wellness, and relationships. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her.

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