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Unique Place Cards

Place cards and escort tables are one of the last design elements that you find yourself stressing over in the weeks leading up to the wedding. I happen to love designing this detail, and I am strong believer that it is intricate in the overall look of the wedding day. I always encourage my brides to veer away from the traditional tented place cards carefully laid out on an escort table. Remember to take all of the elements into account (venue…is it rustic or formal?, flowers…are they wildflower bouquets or classic white peonies and garden roses?, theme…finger licking BBQ or elegant wine pairing menu?). I could go on and on, but you get the general idea.

For a rustic barn wedding, I love the idea of taking an old door or fence, adding bouquets of wild flowers in the openings, and attaching basic price tags with guests names and table numbers on pieces of yarn. Another great idea for an outdoor wedding is to string yarn between two low lying trees, and tie taupe linen tags with different color ribbons to create a fun eclectic look. For a hot summer wedding, I often encourage my brides to have a signature cocktail station set up to greet guests. Have the cocktails served in mason jars or old milk bottles, and have each guests’ name and table number tied around the neck of the jar or bottle. You can also have a table set up with mini potted herbs, and double up your favor and place cards. Have a stick in the herb pot with a name flag attached.

More fun ideas would be to have vintage suitcases filled with baby’s breath, or some other kind of inexpensive filler, and have tented place cards placed on top of the flowers. For a fall wedding, have apples stamped with your initials and attach leaf shaped place cards to the stem of each apple. My final fun idea of the day, and one of my favorites, is to have a table lined with antique keys. Have a chalk board on the table with a “key to my heart” quote written on it. Attach a simple place card to each key, and you have a unique concept that your guests are sure not to forget.

As always, I leave you with some of my favorite images. Enjoy!

Happy Planning!

- Sarah

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