Ditch the Plain Place Cards and Try One of These 10 Ideas Instead

If you’re planning to assign seating for your wedding reception, or you just want your guests to be able to save their seats when they head over to the buffet, choosing your place cards is on the to-do list. While traditional, folded cards can be stunning, don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Your place cards can double as decorations, favors or tasty treats, so check out ten of our favorites, below!

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Sea Shells

If you are planning a beach wedding, or simply filling your wedding color palette with ocean blues, shells, sand dollars or oyster shells can be a fun way to continue the theme. Your guests can also take them home as a memory of your killer reception!

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To bring a little nature to your guest tables, and into their homes, using plants as place cards that double as favors is a perfect way to check two tasks off your to-do list in one go. Easy to care for, succulents are a great option, or you can select one of the flowers from your bouquet to share with your guests.

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For equal parts beauty and practicality, writing the names of your guests on marble or tile coasters are the way to go. Bonus points: this place card/favor combo is ridiculously easy to pack, and your guests who have to fly home will thank you.

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Drink Markers

Who doesn’t want to walk into a reception to be greeted by a glass of bubbly with their name on it? Welcome your guests in style by turning their place cards into drink markers that they can move from glass to glass throughout the night, preventing them from losing either their seat or their drink!

Candles or Lanterns

Filling your venue with flickering light will certainly set that romantic, fairytale tone for the evening, and what better way to do it than to attach the names of your guests to lanterns or candles? Be sure to check with your venue for their rules on candles before your make a selection.


Particularly if you’re planning a fall wedding, fruits can be a festive way to show your guests to their seats. Choose a fruit that fits in your color scheme, or one that you just find tasty, and share this treat with your family and friends.

Luggage Tags

Are you preparing for a destination or travel-themed wedding? Then these luggage tag place cards are the way to go!


This place card that doubles as a favor is a thirst-quenching way to display the seating arrangement. For a next-level twist, have them pre-filled with your signature drink when your family and friends arrive!

Christmas Ornaments

If you are getting married in November or December, fill your guests with Christmas cheer by writing their names on an ornament for their tree. Write their name and table number on one side, and your names and the date of your wedding on the other. This personalized ornament is a perfect keepsake for your wedding guests.

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A Sweet (or Savory…Or Boozy!) Treat

Whether candy, cake, or something stronger, treat guests to something fun with an edible (or drinkable) place card that also doubles as a wedding favor.

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