Wedding Place Card Ideas

Wedding place cards are a simple, fun way to add a personalized touch to your party.

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The ceremony is over and it's time to celebrate. If you're having a sit down dinner at your wedding reception, you'll probably want to have (link to seating chart article) assigned seating via wedding place cards. Place cards give you control of the atmosphere of the dinner, letting you pair together guests with similar interests to encourage socializing, keep close friends near the wedding party, and create a kids table to keep children entertained while their parents enjoy the festivities.

Creating Your Own Wedding Place Cards

If you had your invitations professionally made, you can ask the same company to make up some simple place cards for you that are printed with a similar font or stock art as was used in your invitations. Some printing companies will offer the service of printing the names on the cards. You would just hand over a copy of your guest list to the printers and let them do the rest.

However, it's not difficult to make your own wedding place cards. This is an easy DIY project that can add a special decorative touch to your wedding.

Basic DIY Place Cards

The simplest DIY place cards are folded square or rectangular shaped cards made with paper or cardstock that compliments your wedding colors. The Printable Wedding has several place card templates you can use for your wedding, including the following designs:

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When making place cards, you can either type names using a pretty yet easily readable font or write them by hand. If you decide to write the names on the wedding place cards by hand, choose your pens carefully. Roller ballpoint pens work well for this purpose. Consider metallic ink, especially if you are using dark-colored paper.

Once you have created the cards, you may choose to display them in individual stands. There are a lot of place card holders available through wedding catalogs and wedding websites. They range from miniature picture frames to votive candle holders with a wire attached to clip the cards to. If you'd like to make your own, try one of the following suggestions:

  • Use jewelry making wire, beads, and a pair of pliers to make stands that match your wedding colors.
  • Turn wine corks into place cards by laying them on their side and adding a slit.
  • Paint small wooden blocks to match your wedding colors, then cut a slit in the top of each block for a DIY place card stand.
  • Decorate clothespins with ribbon and/or glitter. Stand them upright and insert place cards into the clip.
  • Stick place cards in pinecones for a rustic look.

Play with Shapes

If you want something a little different than the traditional paper place cards, try playing with the shape of the card for a decorative touch.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • If you're planning a Valentine's Day wedding, use heart shaped place cards.
  • Add patriotic flair with star shaped place cards.
  • Use leaf shaped place cards for a fall wedding.
  • If your wedding is near Christmas, make your place cards look like tiny Christmas trees.

Alternatively, you could use a paper punch or decorative scissors to add an interesting border to a traditional square or rectangular place card. These paper crafting tools can be found with the scrapbooking and card making items in Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or your favorite craft store.

Turn Your Wedding Favors into Place Cards

One way to add a unique touch to our wedding is to make your wedding favors double as place cards. For example, you could add place card labels to small jars of homemade jam or jelly or make tags to tie around bottles of homemade bath salts. This cuts down on your prep work, since you're having one item serve two purposes. It also ensure that your wedding guests won't accidentally leave the reception without grabbing a favor.

If you're going to have place cards that double as wedding favors, use clip art and coordinating fonts to create a design that coordinates with the rest of your wedding stationery.

Make Place Cards from Unusual Materials

For a very unique wedding experience, consider skipping place cards made from paper and try choosing a more interesting material for the project. For example:

  • Write on dried or silk leaves with gold metallic ink pen.
  • Add names and table numbers to wood slices.
  • Use your best penmanship to make place cards from smooth river rocks.
  • Turn mussels into place cards for a beach themed wedding.
  • Decorate cookies with each guest's name for place cards that double as dessert.

Special Touches Create Lasting Memories

Place cards, in addition to serving the practical purpose of letting your guests know where to sit, can be a way to pull together your wedding theme or to add an extra decorative touch to your reception area. These small details are often what makes a wedding an event to remember.