Place Cards Fit for Every Wedding Style (That You Can Buy Now!)

Wedding Style & Decor

You've spent weeks — and quite a few tears — getting your wedding seat chart just oh-so-right. (Should your divorced aunt and uncle be at the same table? Where on earth should you put that second cousin of your hubby's? What's the world record for the number of chairs crammed around a single table?) But alas, it could all very well be in vain if your guests aren't sure of where to sit come the wedding reception. Nip that problem in the bud with the prettiest of place cards adorning your tabletops.

First, it's important to note that place cards and escort cards are not one in the same. While escort cards point guests to just a particular table at the reception, place cards direct them to a designated seat, and are thus sometimes referred to as a slightly more formal choice when it comes to reception seating assignments.

Place cards just don't tell guests where to go, but they can also help pull your whole wedding table défor — from the flowers to the china — together, like a neat little bow. We've collected a few of our absolute faves below for you to peruse — all completely shoppable and fit for just about any big day style!

Wedding Place Cards

Photo: Cathy Crawford

A painted branch or bough is just the thing to bring the outdoors within at a rustic affair or barn wedding. Bright yellow lemons bring to mind the Italian countryside for a destination wedding. And for foodie couples, cutlery-adorned place cards will get your guests salivating at the thought of all the yummy noms ahead.

Faux antler place card, $22 for six, Favors and Flowers, Calligraphy by Ellen Weldon Design LLC; Citrus branch place card, $94 for 100, Lana Frankel for Wedding Paper Divas, Calligraphy by Mary Anne; Gold silverware place card, $40 for 12, Mrs. John L. Strong

Garden Wedding Place Cards

Photo: Cathy Crawford

A pair of translucent leaves, an incredibly dainty rose bud vase, and even a wreath of greenery all make for place card perfection at a garden-inspired or summer wedding.

Spring leaves digitally printed on vellum, $1,550 for 100, Regas; Glass vases, $22 for eight, Save on Crafts, Calligraphy by Mary Anne; Boxwood wreath, starting at $15 each, EAB Designs

See More: An Affordable Centerpiece Idea We Love: Bud Vase Arrangements

Wedding Reception Place Cards

Photo: Cathy Crawford

A crisp white place card on which a pretty little butterfly has landed, is just the thing for a springtime soirée, while laser-cut lettering turns your table décor into a modern masterpiece (plus it makes one heck of a built-in favor for your guests!). And finally, for a farm-to-table fiesta, this adorable chalkboard figurine is what country-chic is all about.

Hand-painted butterfly place card, $80 for eight, Bernard Maisner Calligraphy and Fine Stationery; Laser-cut acrylic script, $1,200 for 100, Amber Moon Design, Calligraphy by Anne Robin Calligraphy; Mini pig chalkboard, $25 for four, Birch Lane, Calligraphy by Mary Anne

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