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Reception Signage? Chalk it up!

Reception Signage? Chalk it up!

Whether you’re having a swanky country club wedding reception or a barn-and-hay bale soiree, chalkboard signage is all the rage.  So many shapes, sizes, lettering styles and flourishes!  Chalkboard popularity has been growing over the past few years.  (This trend is so popular that I’ve purchased about a dozen chalkboards in all shapes & sizes which I decorate & rent to local planners!)

One popular use for chalkboards is to let guests know that they may sit on either side during the ceremony….no “bride” side or “groom” side.  Back in the day, the bride’s friends & family sat on the left [as one entered the sanctuary] and the groom’s friends & family sat on the right.  That tradition is being followed less & less.

Chalkboard Art - Calligraphy by Carrie (Thank you, A Southern Soiree, for the photo!)

 

Chalkboard Art - Calligraphy by Carrie (photo by Traci Arney, which I cropped)

 

Chalkboards are also used quite often for bar menus and to announce the ever-popular “signature drink”…

Chalkboard Art - Calligraphy by Carrie (obvious non-professional photo - taken in my studio!)

 

Chalkboard Art - Calligraphy by Carrie (photo by Traci Arney)

 

Chalkboard Art - Calligraphy by Carrie (taken in my studio) for a birthday soiree

 

Chalkboards are also used for other growing trends….the “sparkler send-off” (as bride & groom leave the reception and enter wedded bliss) and also the “lavender toss” (to follow the ceremony)…

Chalkboard Art - Calligraphy by Carrie (another glaringly non-professional shot taken in my studio)

 

Chalkboards can be used for table signs.  These itty bitty boards in the photo below were placed in arrangements on the tabletops.

Chalkboard Art - Calligraphy by Carrie

 

Some of the very first chalkboards that I did for a client were “Thank” and “You”….a super popular trend in wedding photography.

Chalkboard Art - Calligraphy by Carrie (photo byJim Coleman)

I use a combination of traditional chalk and chalk “markers.”  I used to have to special order the markers, but now I can find them in most any craft store locally.  I really enjoy learning new techniques and refining my chalkboard skills.

Best wishes!

-Carrie