Board #156 | School Days

I have seen a few gorgeous and creative weddings that use school as their theme, and I thought I’d take a shot at it. By far the most detailed one I’ve seen is Minhee and Truman’s incredible event, featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, complete with an invitation suite modeled after old-school report cards, so if you’re looking for some real creativity and inspiration, take a look. Some other ideas are: a bundle of pencils printed with the date and place as save-the-dates, kitschy toys for favors (maybe classic yo-yos or Silly Putty), vintage flash cards as clever table numbers, a guest book modeled after a composition notebook, and how about a dessert buffet reminiscent of a bake sale.

(My good friend thought I should tell you that I used to teach kindergarten. As though that adds to this inspiration board’s legitimacy?)

Mood: playful, school fun
Palette: red, yellow, black, brown

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Top row from left: photo from Amorology, book “ring pillow” from Chewing the Cud, Ariella Chezar bouquet via The Bride’s Cafe, lunch boxes via Lucky Me!
Row 2: table via Brooklyn Bride, school bus photo by Belathee, pencil card by Passing Notes, photo by White Box Weddings
Row 3: cootie catcher from Love Luck and Angels, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, apple seating cards photo by Eva Dahl, Mead composition book
Row 4: Rob & Lauren photo via Blush, dessert buffet from The Green Vase, Pretty Pen Jen lettering via The Bride’s Cafe

Update! You have got to see this fabulous photo Erika from Urban Grace Interiors just sent over. She had her reception in a one-room school house that her dad salvaged, which fits just perfectly with this inspiration board.

Update! Look at these clever note cards from Cotton Idea Studio, via Design Mom.


  • Martha says:

    This is a great idea…the one room school house for a wedding! :)

    Martha B.

  • erika says:

    typo: my comment above said “had” on their property… it’s still there – I should have said “have” on their property. I’ll post some pictures of it on my blog soon!
    thanks for the shout out Kathryn!

  • Stephanie says:

    Love the lunch boxes! I bet there are great ways to make pb & j gourmet. Milk and cookies are popular for weddings right now and would work especially well for this. Pencils personalized with the bride and groom’s name would make fun favors, too.

  • rebekah @ elizabeth anne designs says:

    I’m amazed at your originality, and Erika’s fabulous reception!

  • Riley says:

    Well, I’m not really having a school-house theme, but there are lots of other great details in these that I CAN use! I love seeing Erika at Urban Grace Interiors’ rehearsal pic – really really really cool!

    Cute theme – thanks for sharing!

  • Kohli and JP says:

    I love this wedding, nice and simple but elegant. I am such a sucker for a good composition notebook. I am even using a vintage one for our guest book. We are setting out a Polaroid camera and asking people to take their pictures and then place them in the book and go to town. Much nicer, in my opinion than a book that I will never look at again with peoples names in it!

  • Angel says:

    I love alternative ring pillows, and this has got to be one of the coolest. Books with a ribbon…how easy can cool get?

  • perfect bound says:

    I love Cotton Idea Studio. Plus, Decor8 is offering readers 20% off thier Cotton Idea Studio orders. Check out her blog for the details.

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