Happy Wedding Wednesday all you lovely Brides to be (and everyone else too!)
Chalkboard is SO HOT RIGHT NOW. Every single DIY Wedding is going to have loads of chalkboard because,
- It’s cute.
- It’s easy.
- It’s cheap.
- It’s customizable!
We had all kinds of chalkboard embellishments from glasses to signs, and I think it added a very sweet touch. My favorite of all my chalkboard elements was our Welcoming Seating Sign.
I come from a HUGE family. I kid you not, both my mom and my dad were 1 of 6. Which means lots of aunts and lots of uncles and double extra lots of cousins! And some of those cousins have their own kids, which means even more cousins. If you were going to try and tell my family one of them couldn’t come, they were going to come anyway.
Charlie doesn’t have a very big family. In fact, he doesn’t even really have good connections with his dad’s side, and his mom’s side is very small and intimate.
This posed a HUGE problem for the whole “Bride’s Side” of the seating arrangement… I had nightmares that it would be 127 people on my side, and 7 on his.
Enter our wedding sign…
Please forgive the pencil marks, I tried my best to erase them all! It showed up way more in the photos than it did in person!
We had this sign at the entrance to our outdoor chapel… complete with Lined covered Hay Bales for seating! (Cute right!!?)
I made the sign out of an old unused particle board shelf from one of those build it yourself bookcases… you know the kind. My uncle had it sitting in his garage and it was sorta chipped, and had some stains on it… I took it home and gave it new life!
I started by sanding off any weird bumps and chips, then painted it with Chalkboard paint that I bought at Home Depot.
Funny Story: That $15 can lasted me through the entire wedding crafting shenanigans, until someone tossed it up on the counter in my moms garage (in a bag full of ALL my baker’s twine…) and it spilled out all over inside the bag… thank goodness for that bag, because I found the crime scene on my way to the wedding in my gown! And crazy as I am I way trying to save what baker’s twine HADN’T been ruined by black paint in A WHITE GOWN. Ding dong! Hello McFly! I realized at that moment I just needed to “let it go”. Baker’s Twine is replaceable Roberta.
Anyway, I painted the re-purposed shelf with about 2-3 coats and let it dry over night. On a piece of paper, I sketched out my plan, and when the sign was ready, very lightly I wrote it out over the chalkboard. Then I retraced my writing with a Sharpie White Paint Pen, to make it look chalk-like, yet permanent. The last thing I needed was that chalk rubbing off the day of!
We got so many compliments on the sign, and our hay benches weren’t overly populated with family and friends on only one side. In fact, we had so many more people show up than RSVP’d that it was standing room only in the back! But that’s another Wedding Wednesday story!
I hope this inspires you to make your own sign! Happy Wedding Wednesday!