20 Creative School Themed Wedding Ideas

Hello, loves! Happy (feels-like-Monday) Tuesday! We’re kicking off a brand new week and a brand new season of handmade wedding loveliness. Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer so we’re moving towards fall with full speed ahead. Get ready for pumpkin spice coffee, hayrides, apple picking, and all sorts of fall-inspired wedding loveliness to come! Today we’re taking a cue from kids around the country as they head off to the first day of school with school themed wedding ideas. Perfect for the fall picking, this theme ties in sharpened pencils, apples, vintage cursive cards, globes, chalkboards, and more. If you are high school sweethearts, teachers, or just love this school themed wedding idea, read on to see twenty favorite inspiring finds. Enjoy!

school themed wedding chalkboard mr mrs

photo by paper antler via bridal musings

20 Fun (+ Creative!) School Themed Wedding Ideas

1. Have a connection with a school or live near an old fashioned schoolhouse? Make it your venue! Be sure to snap plenty of photos inside (before and after the wedding) and take full advantage of the chalkboards and quirky decor.

school themed wedding

photo by paper antler via bridal musings

2. Kick off the nuptials with a thematic save the date, like this one we spotted…

school themed wedding save the date

by cheerup cherup

3. For place cards, write guests’ names on strips of paper and attach the strips to string. Tie strings around apple stems and place at each person’s seat.

4. Utilize chalkboards to display a welcome sign, seating chart, cocktail menu, or ‘here comes the bride’ at your ceremony.

here comes the bride chalkboard sign

by lily and val

5. Send school themed wedding invitations.

school themed wedding invitations (by wicked bride stationery)

by wicked bride stationery

6. Instead of traditional envelope seals, use gold star stickers instead.

school themed wedding envelope seals

by paper and present

7. Create a decorative vignette for your guest book table to tie in the school themed wedding look. Search garage sales or online for things like a globe, vintage wall clock, old fashioned pencil sharpener, and abacus.

school themed wedding vignette decor

globe via cathode blue, pencil sharpener via the article, clock by look at this honey, vintage chalk via larkspur and mallow, chalkboard globe and abacus set via scottie in a canoe

8. Score a set of vintage cursive flash cards – or make your own! Clip cards to twine with clothespins and string across a wall or between two trees.

school themed wedding flash cards

by splendid junk

9. Have guests fill out ‘pop quizzes’ at each table instead of a formal guest book. Mix in fun and sentimental, like the guest’s favorite memory of the bride / groom or what the guest’s favorite band is and what song the couple should listen to. Then, place the cards in a box and read after the big day. We also found this inspiration that tells guests to ‘pass a note’ with centerpieces filled with cards and crayons.

school themed wedding guest book cards and crayons

spotted via united with love, photo by kate triano

10. Serve cupcakes with adorable fondant toppers, like these with pencil erasers, A+ papers, and miniature red apples.

school themed wedding cupcake toppers

by parker’s flour patch

11. Make custom crayon packets for kids (and pair with coloring books).

crayon packets for kids - school themed wedding

via amy atlas, photo by nicole hill gerulat

12. Use a simple composition book as a guest book.

13. Supply guests with paper airplanes to toss in the air instead of rice!

school themed wedding paper planes

by taylor somae

14. Create a seating chart table with red apples as escort ‘cards’; include numerical stickers on each apple.

school themed wedding apples as escort cards

via martha stewart weddings, photo by meg smith

15. Give a favor guests will use: pencils!

via EmmalineBride.com

by knot and bow

16. Create simple vase centerpieces with school-themed alphabet cards clipped in.

via EmmalineBride.com

via la belle bride, photo by angela and evan photography

17. Ditch boring ceremony programs; opt for fun, school-themed ones instead!

via EmmalineBride.com

via la belle bride, photo by angela and evan photography

18. Instead of table ‘numbers’, assign subject ‘names’ instead.

via EmmalineBride.com

source via pinterest

19. Tie favors with personalized ‘looseleaf’ tags, customized just for you!

via EmmalineBride.com

by smiling tag

20. Make DIY centerpieces with books, miniature globes, and wrapped aluminum cans-turned-vases.

via EmmalineBride.com

via wedding chicks, photo by sara wilde, floral design by linden grove

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Happy Planning!


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Denise Lee

My fiance and I met in 1st grade and were each other’s first love and kiss in 6th grade. We are planning a School Themed wedding next year in our elementary school if we get permission from the Pastor of the church that bought the school. This was amazingly helpful and made my creative brain explode with options. Thank you!

Emma | Emmaline Bride

Absolutely, Tyrita! Glad you liked the post.

Emma | Emmaline Bride

Thanks, Valerie!


Just realized you mentioned my shop, Splendid Junk Vintage on Esty! Want to thank you so much!

Emma | Emmaline Bride

You’re most welcome, Anne!

Valerie McKeehan

Thank you so much for featuring my “Here Comes The Bride” Chalkboard. This is such a fantastic post! :)