7 Wooden Serving Board Ideas For Your Rustic Wedding

Add these beautiful wooden touches to your reception for the perfect rustic-chic vibe

Updated 07/07/17

Photo by Adam Barnes

Barn weddings have never been more popular, but you don't need to hold your wedding on a farm to achieve a rustic vibe. If you’re hoping to add just a few elegant, yet rustic touches to your wedding décor, try incorporating subtle wooden details into your ceremony and reception. Wood surfaces convey warmth and give your overall wedding look a relaxed, unfussy style, while the natural, slight imperfections in the wood add a touch of homespun charm.

Lately, we’ve been seeing more and more creative wedding ideas involving wooden serving boards and cutting boards—couples are incorporating them as creative table-number signs, escort-card displays, and even using them in lieu of traditional chargers at the dinner table. By being sparing with the wooden touches—resist the urge to go overboard!—you’ll achieve a stylish balance between rustic and sophisticated.

To help you get inspired for your own rustic-chic celebration, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite wooden board wedding ideas below.

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Seating Chart Display

Wooden Serving Board Seating Chart

Photo by Adam Barnes

A seating-chart installation made of wooden cutting boards is perfect for any food-loving couple. Collect serving boards of different shapes and sizes, hire a calligrapher to hand-write guests’ names, and then suspend them with rope to create an eye-catching hanging display.

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Signature Cocktails Sign

Wooden Serving Board Signature Cocktail Menu

Photo by Amanda Watson

We love this clever take on a “his” and “hers” drink menu: List each signature cocktail, along with the ingredients in each beverage, on a large wooden serving board so guests know what to expect.

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Laser-Engraved Dinner Menu Boards

Laser Engraved Wooden Serving Board

Photo by Nirav Patel

Each table at this elegant tented reception featured a laser-engraved cutting board that listed all the dinner courses along with a description of each dish.

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Wooden Serving Board Menu Display

Wooden Serving Board Menu Display

Photo by Visual Cravings

For a more affordable take on this idea, print your menu details on cardstock and then tie them around the handle of a wooden serving board with twine. Display the board in the middle of each dinner table so guests can easily read it.

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Wooden Board Place Settings

Wooden serving board place setting

Photo by Nikki Meyer Photography

If you’re serving a farm-to-table feast, decorate reception tables with individual serving boards instead of chargers. Add flatware, a cloth napkin, and a fresh sprig of herbs, like the rosemary pictured here, for an elegant and relaxed dinnertime vibe.

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Wedding Favors Sign

Wedding Favors Sign Wooden Serving Board

Photo by Nancy Ray Photography

This couple made homemade jam for guests to take home as favors—an oversize serving board was displayed next to the jars so guests couldn’t miss it.

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Table Number Sign

Table Number Wooden Serving Board

Photo by Rylee Hitchner

Add a homey and warm touch to your reception tables by turning small wooden cutting boards into clever table-number signs.

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