I was wondering what other people are using for place cards? I was planning to print out my own using some kind of template and my printer. I have seen some Avery tent cards, and I also thought of using Avery business cards to do it. Has anyone seen other kinds of templates and paper to use?
I went to staples and found beautiful place cards with a silver trim (matches my theme), but they have gold and pearl and other choices . . and they weren't too expensive. It was a pain lining them up because my printer can be cooky but they looked fantastic. I recommendation make sure you check the size because tent cards are usually larger than regular place cards and i don't recommend business cards because they are flat and not as elegant. I suggest going to Staples or Michaels and checking out the wedding stationary! I actually just printer all 200 of mine yesterday and they look great. I found the template online and used a legible script writing. We are also doing Table NAMES instead of Table NUMBERS so we needed to do our own, most of the ordering ones had # pre-printed.
I'm just buying some cardstock to match my invitations and using a place card template. My invitations are DIY so this way I can easily match the colors and fonts.
You can download the right size directly from Avery.com if you'd like without having to buy their specific cards either. Though, most of their cards are perforated so you can easily seperate the place cards, if you're wanting something easier than cutting your own. Downloading the template is really easy and I believe should be free.
You could also create your own template and have a different than normal size or even different shapes for your place cards. I was thinking of hearts and stars at one point, maybe to differentiate the meal choices. But I'm still not sure. I want it to be elegant but have a certain uniqueness to them.
I used the Table feature of my word processor. The red part is 4"x4" and the white part is 3.75"x1.75". The printing is centered vertically and horizontally on the white card; the names are in the same font as our invitations, the table numbers are in arial. I printed the table lines in a light gray so you couldn't see them after I cut the out. I printed the entree choice on the inside of the red part.