Wedding Planning

10 Back-to-School Wedding Details Guaranteed to Make You Nostalgic

10 Back-to-School Wedding Details Guaranteed to Make You Nostalgic

Warning: These ideas might make you go buy school supplies.

library save the date

Library Card Save-the-Date

We’ve got a serious case of back-to-school envy. Maybe it’s passing by the school supply section, or just that we’re starting to feel the air is a bit crisper in the evenings. Either way, we love these school-themed wedding ideas. This library save-the-date card is a terrific option for bookworm brides and grooms.

wedding cootie catcher

Cootie Catcher Program

Nothing recalls the fun of passing notes in class quite like a cootie catcher. These playful folded paper creations can hold anything from your wedding program to your menu.

apple place card

Apple Place Card

Not only is fall the time of back-to-school madness, it also heralds the beginning of apple season. Shine them up to a near sparkle and use them as your place card holder. This cute example uses calligraphy on a paper leaf attached to the stem.

chalkboard wedding cake

Chalkboard Wedding Cake

Chalkboard details have been en vogue for several wedding seasons, and they are even more fitting for a back-to-school themed event. This lavish wedding cake is outfitted with silhouette portraits and classic chalkboard scribbles.

crayon table numbers

Crayon Table Numbers

Need a colorful way to number your reception tables? Use bags of crayons (they can double as favors) on each place setting, rather than having a number at the center of the table. This idea is even better if you use butcher paper as your linens (because, seriously, who doesn’t love to color?).

school tray place setting

Cafeteria Place Setting

Or, bring back all the charm of childhood lunches with this cafeteria tray-inspired place setting. We love the creativity of this concept and how easily you could personalize it. And, thankfully, every table is the cool kids’ table at your wedding!

tiny chalkboard signs

Tiny Chalkboard Signs

This simple and affordable DIY project of tiny chalkboard signs will instantly brighten up a food station or buffet table. Use a white paint marker to emphasize the chalkboard effect.

Seuss themed table

Favorite Books

Did both of you have a favorite author as children? Decorate your guestbook table with an homage, such as this one themed in Dr. Seuss books. Have your guests sign copies of your favorite books. Your children will love thumbing through them years later!

vintage lunchbox centerpiece

Vintage Lunchboxes

Everyone knows that one of the most critical decisions you ever made as a kid was what lunchbox you were going to carry all year. Use vintage lunchboxes (this one is from the 1960s, but you could just as easily use ones from the 80s and 90s) to create colorful, themed centerpieces.

schoolhouse theme tablescape

Schoolhouse Tablescape

Or, go full-on vintage schoolhouse by creating a thoroughly eclectic tablescape of books tied together with ribbons, chalkboards, and even a bell (make a note for your guests to ring them when they want the bride and groom to kiss).