Inspiration for unique wedding place cards

Wedding place cards provide the finishing touch to any wedding table styling. These small details add a personal touch to your wedding day and will tie together your theme perfectly. For chic and elegant wedding place cards, be inspired by unique ideas to really impress your guests. From calligraphy pebbles to beautiful floral designs, there are a variety of styles to suit any celebration. We’ve put together a shortlist of ideas that we think you’ll love!

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Wedding place cards and escort cards

A common confusion among couples to be is the difference between escort cards and wedding place cards. Although these are almost the same thing, these are some subtle differences to be aware of. Remember that there’s no right or wrong for which type of place card you choose. Just select whichever better suits the style of your wedding day.

Escort cards

Primarily, escort cards are less formal than place names as they allow guests to choose their own seat. Unlike using place names, wedding escort cards are given to guests before they sit down and indicate a table number but not an individual seat. These can be used instead of a wedding table plan and if you are having a less formal reception meal.

A benefit of using escort cards is that you won’t have any hassle working out a strict seating chart for all your guests. Infact, guests are free to choose their seat (though they will be allocated a table). Guests who have met during the reception drinks may choose to sit together. It also means there is less awkward small-talk amongst guests as they will have the freedom to choose where they sit.

Place cards

Alternately, wedding place cards are a more traditional table piece, showing guests directly where they are seated. Designs to accompany your on-the-day stationery will be provided by your wedding stationer to tie together your wedding theme.

Wedding place cards are beneficial for larger guest lists as they minimise confusion and let guests know exactly where they are sitting. It also allows you to avoid any personality clashes as you can have control over who sits where!

Ideas to suit your wedding theme

Whatever your wedding theme, there are lots of unique wedding place card ideas you could incorporate for a touch of individuality. Using homemade or less traditional place card designs adds a quirky touch and can set off your table decor perfectly.

Rustic wedding theme

For couples who are going for a rustic look, there are some beautiful wedding place card ideas to highlight your theme. Think textured wood, chic and shabby or country barn. Rustic-style place name cards also work well with minimalist wedding styles as they offset the crisp neutral tones beautifully.

If you’re going for an outdoor, country wedding or woodland setting, try out some wooden place cards. These can be bought online and laser engraved with guest names. These place cards are stunningly simple but really make an impact. You could even add some fresh moss for an extra natural look.

On the other hand, why not buy some craft paper luggage labels and stamp on guest names? This is a cost-effective method which is super easy to get right. Attach to your wedding favours with some garden twine and a sprig of rosemary to complete the place tag. A lovely idea for winter weddings is to attach each tag to a pine cone for a more seasonal look.

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Destination wedding

An on-trend wedding place card idea is using agate. These place cards are beautiful and work exceptionally well in destination weddings. Not only are they available in striking colours but the textured stone works perfectly against beach wedding settings. These place cards can be customised with guest names and are easily bought online. Therefore, if you have flights to book, this is a hassle free idea!

Another place card idea for a destination wedding is to use sea glass. To save on your wedding budget, you can even forage this yourself. Write your guest names in white ink and place on a deep blue napkin to highlight the matte finish. Combine this simple wedding place card with a driftwood and eucalyptus table centre for a subtle and organic style.

Modern wedding decor

Minimalism is key for a modern wedding place card design. Simply printing guest names onto thick card stock gives a luxurious finish. To offset this simplicity, twist some copper wire into a loose coil to stand your place cards up.

For a more opulent wedding place card design, invest in some miniature marble tiles. These look great on any wedding table setting – especially with rose gold cutlery and a vine foliage table centre. For DIY place names, write on guest names with metallic paint to add some sparkle.

Summer wedding

If you’re planning a summer wedding, insert a splash of colour to your wedding place names. Bold wedding stationery is perfect and will compliment your bright floral arrangements. If you would prefer to keep your place cards simple, attach them to a striking flower stem or a colourful stick of rock. This will create the ultimate summer style and will match most table settings.

Wedding ceremonies with a floral theme can also incorporate this into really effective place cards. Try glueing dried flower heads onto pegs as place card holders. Or, arrange and stick dried petals onto your printed wedding place cards for a more delicate look.

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Natural wedding colours

For naturalistic, simple wedding decor, you will want your wedding place cards to match. With a natural theme, it’s often tricky to find the right balance between overly plain and elegant. Therefore, wedding place cards can often offer a simple solution. Choosing a quirky place card design will add a hint of character to your table decor and lift any neutral tones.

Pebbles are perfect for natural wedding themes and add a smooth, natural elegance to any wedding reception. Guest names written in calligraphy will enhance the sophistication of a neutral colour scheme. What is more, pebbles are so easy to collect for your wedding if you’re looking to save on wedding place cards.

For a stylish wedding place card, try personalising real leaves. These add a stunningly wild aspect to any table setting and go perfectly with a natural wedding theme. Vivid green adds colour to offset neutral tones and metallic ink really stand out.

Wedding place card holders

If you decide to go for a simple wedding place card or one to match your on-the-day wedding stationery, you might like to customise your wedding place card holders for a personal touch.

Corks are a quirky addition to any table setting. Easy to source and cheap to create, cut a groove to stand your place names in. Alternatively, miniature easels are a cute detail and you can even spray paint to enhance your wedding colours.

When pre-ordering wedding place cards from a wedding stationer, you can often order the place cards blank. If you are waiting to confirm your guest list or want to wait for any last minute changes, this is a brilliant choice. It will allow your wedding place cards to perfectly match your reception stationery. All you have to do is write in your guest names.

For an extra personal touch, hand write your guest names. If you’re worried your handwriting isn’t up to scratch, don’t fret! Take a look at the simple calligraphy tutorial below from AmandaRachLee to practice before you start. Use metallic ink for a luxurious touch or a fountain pen for a more traditional look. Your guests are sure to appreciate your efforts and it even saves having to come up with DIY wedding place card ideas.