Wedding Reception: Place Cards

May 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

491879_73776241Your wedding reception is a time to celebrate with family and friends. After months of planning, your special day continues at your reception where consideration has been applied towards the larger details such as the wedding cake and caterer to the smallest detail, the place cards. In the last of a four-week series on wedding stationary, read on to learn more about wedding reception place cards.

Why Use Place Cards?

Tiny, yet informative, place cards help your guests find seating at your reception by reserving a spot with their names. Place cards are made of small pieces of paper or similar material with the intent to indicate where a guest is to sit and serve as a means of identification. The purpose of place cards is to create a well-balanced distribution and mix of guests.

Are Place Cards Required?

Place cards are optional; some wedding receptions prefer to assign guests to numbered tables with the choice to select a seat or offer open seating.

Etiquette for Place Cards

It is generally recommended to have a place card for each guest. Sometimes a special situation arises when you may not know the name. This generally occurs when a guest is bringing a “plus one.” Ways to rectify this is include to simply inquire what is the name of your guest’s “plus one” or create a place card indicating “ Guest of _______.”

Place Card Ideas for Your Wedding

Add a personal touch to your place cards and coordinate them to match your wedding theme. Place cards are as individual as your wedding ranging from folded business card-sized pieces of card stock to personalized gift tags attached to small favors with twine. There is no requirement on size or shape, think outside the box with hearts or flower silhouettes. Make your place cards easier to view with a place card holder.

Place Card Tips

Order your place cards after you have verified RSVPs and seating chart. Double check the spelling of all names before sending to your printer or calligrapher.

DIY Wedding Place Cards

Let your creativity flow with do-it-yourself place cards, a great option for couples who like to craft or on a budget. Depending on your design, choose materials and supplies that you might need by going to a local arts and craft store, retail stationary shop, office supply or online. Decide if you prefer to hand write names or use a printer. For inspiration, search on Pinterest.

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