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DIY Chalkboard Sign Ideas

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The ladies of HEYLOOK are back with a simple + cost effective DIY for a seating chart that later at your reception can double as photobooth prop! I thought it was a perfect project to share today as this wedding shot by Shari + Mike Photographers has a brilliant seating chart idea. Below we’ll be using chalk paint and mini envelopes, but you can use a deck of cards instead like they did. Paint chips would pop against the dark frame as well.

deck of cards seating chart chalk

You can use a chalkboard in many, many different ways – and bring it home with you after the wedding. Here, Michaela is going to show you how you can use this project in three different ways.

What you will need:

– pin board (they used this one from Ikea for $6) or old frame found at thrift stores
– chalkboard paint, brush, and masking tape
– envelopes + cards or a deck of cards like from today’s wedding
– pins and chalk

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1. The board being used as a seating chart:
diy blackboard seating chart
2. Here Michaela is using the same board as a guest book idea. Use one board to explain guests how it works, and a few more for them to pin envelopes with their well wishes:


3. Michaela then covered the frame with neon pink masking tape (found at any home improvement stores) and is modeling here using the board as a photobooth prop. How cute is Lotta on the photo?

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Simply paint over the cork board, just enough to cover the spots from the cork texture. Painting cork with chalkboard paint is what is going to give you the flexibility to both write directly on the board + pin cards!

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It was such a difficult feat to edit down these images from Shari + Mike Photographers! Genevieve and Joel were married in a glorious park setting, and had a backyard reception that was somehow even more gorgeous. Be sure to grab some tea or coffee as you scroll through this one, as it’s a real looker:


Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

From the bride, Genevieve: The inspiration for our wedding came from the simple saying “all things we are, all thing we love.” It was very important for us both to have our wedding reflect us and our easy going approach to life. I am a wedding photographer and Joel works in online marketing so we consider ourselves to be the creative type. We wanted to think outside the box as much as we could, so that our day would not be a cookie cutter wedding but rather a intimate event designed around who we are as a couple.


Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

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Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

We chose to design our invites with a poker feel while still keeping it classy. we then pulled the deck of cards theme into our reception with the seating chart, the kissing game, Vintage pinball machine and our thank-you’s. I made my own bouquet and flower arrangements to help keep cost down. we ordered babies breath from Safeway, did a massive Costco run and picked bushes of bachelor-buttons and strange flowers from several back alleys… yes, back alleys!


Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

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Our Ceremony took place under a large Elm tree. Due to Joel’s Jewish heritage we chose to have a messianic Jewish ceremony complete with chuppah hand made by Joel and his groomsmen. We chose to have our reception in my grandparents backyard because of it’s pure quaintness.. My dream had always been to have a small and intimate outdoor reception that went on into the night and this was the perfect place. We temporarily sodded over the vegetable garden to accommodate a lounge area, and built a small checkered dance floor to act as a stage.


Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

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Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

Three 30′ tables were brought in to host our 70 guests, and strands of white lights were hung from the trees. The tables were set with white china, vintage books, family heirlooms and simple floral arrangements made by my bridesmaids and I. We rented chandeliers for the trees and let the sweet summer night work it’s magic. When the last toast was given we opened our cookies and ice cream bar.. This was a fun alternative to the wedding cake and a very much “us” dessert.


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Wedding Ceremony: Kiwanis Picnic shelter, Henderson Park / Wedding Reception: Private Grounds / Wedding Photographer: Shari + Mike Photographers / Event Planner and Decor: Everything Beautiful Events / Wedding Dress: Casablanca “1914” / Wedding Shoes: Roberto Vianni / Bride’s Earrings: Anthropologie / Bride’s Necklace: Vintage / Bride’s Robe: Urban Outfitters / Bride’s Hair: done by bride / Bride’s Makeup: Leanne Wood / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shirt: Harry Rosen / Groom’s Tie: Club Monaco / Groom’s Pocket Watch: Vintage / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Zara, ModCloth, H&M, Forever 21, Gap / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: “Lovely Bird Locket” by Blue Tree Studio / Flower Girl Dresses: Handmade by bride / Seating Chart and Thank Yous: made by bride / Invitations and Programs: made by bride and groom / Flowers: Assembled by bride and bridesmaids / Pinball Machine: Vintage / Table and Chair Rentals: Wards Rentals / Catering: Coco Pazzo

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