Wednesday, September 7, 2011

DOC Fave | Chalkboard Decor & Chalk Calligraphy

Calligraphy by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio


Chalkboards are really popular wedding decor items and you can use them in many fabulous ways! I have done two weddings where chalkboard featured prominently as signage, table numbers and menus; there are a lot of options.


The chalk menu above was a partial DIY project by the Bride. Using Foam Board, an old frame and a can of chalkboard paint, the bride handed over the menu to Li Ward! It was a great welcome for all the guests as they entered the tent.


Photo and Calligraphy by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio


Chalkboards make the perfect signage for your event! Instead of one big menu, you can put individual menus of each table!


Photo by Tim Ryan Smith and Calligraphy by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio
With a little ribbon, you can turn mini chalkboards from here into something like this:


Photo by Tim Ryan Smith and Calligraphy by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio

You can also use a garden sign pointing your guests toward lawn games of corn hole and bocce:




Another way to incorporate chalkboard is in your table numbers.

Photo and Calligraphy by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio
 The numbers above were Herb Markers purchased in the spring from Crate and Barrel. They are currently not available but they have been sold the last two seasons so keep your eyes open!

Photo by Tim Ryan Smith and Calligraphy by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio
 Don't they look great in action! You can track down similar markers here and also here and end up with centerpieces like this:

Flowers by Petelena and Photo by Geneve Reve Photography
Whether or not you are going to do this yourself or hire a professional you will want to invest in permanent chalk markers. The markers only can be removed with water so all your hard work won't brush off on a guest's suit. Li and I have discovered that the best markers for this type of stuff is produced by a company called Chalk InkWe've used other brands with less than stellar results.


Also if you are interested in having chalk calligraphy done for your wedding plan ahead and call Li in advance: she books up and this type of work does take some time!


We had a great time with both of these weddings and the chalkboard accents were extremely well received by all the guests! 

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