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Seating Card (left)
Purpose: To direct a guest to his or her assigned dining table.
What to write on it: The guest's first and last name (titles such as "Mr." and "Mrs." are optional) and the table number; for a couple, write just one card.
Where to put it: In alphabetical order (by last name) on a table near the reception entrance, where the guest can easily access it.
What else? A seating card is also called an "escort card."
Place Card (right)
Purpose: To direct a guest to a seat at his or her assigned table.
What to write on it: The guest's first and last name; at a very informal wedding, you can get away with just first names.
Where to put it: At the guest's place setting. If the card isn't tented or placed in a holder, position it on top of the napkin or dish, where it will be visible.
What else? To help everyone get to know one another, write the guest's name on the back of the card, too, so his or her table mates can read it.
"Bright Event" cards, $8.95 for six, Orange Art
Bird-themed seating card, $438 for 100, and bluebird place card, $12.95 for eight, Ceci New York
Seating card with chair design, $238 for 100, and place card with bridge design, $238 for 100, Hello!Lucky
Medallion motif seating card, $199 for 100, and place card, $199 for 100, Invitations by Ajalon
Green foliage seating card, $347 for 100, and place card, $371 for 100, Elum Designs
Stitched pink-and-orange flower seating card, $347 for 100, and place card, $371 for 100, Elum Designs
Style: The card should have the same look and feel as the other reception stationery.
Paper: Print it on a heavy stock, rather than on flimsy copier sheets. Heft conveys elegance.
Placement: Put it in the center of the table on a holder in a spot that's visible to all, or tuck individual menus into or on top of each guest's napkin.
Personal touch: Provide each guest with his or her own menu featuring their name handwritten at the top—it's the ultimate in personalization.
"Fields" letterpress menu card (left), $720 for 100; "City Lights" digital offset-printed menu card (right), $394 for 100, Elum Designs
Letterpress menu card with heart on tree, $1,175 for 100, A Day in May
Letterpress round menu card, $829 for 100, Elum Designs
Menu card with fork design, $242 for 100, Hello!Lucky
Turquoise pattern menu card, $358 for 100, Invitations by Ajalon
Table Number Card
Style: The card should also have the same look and feel as the other reception stationery.
Placement: Display it in the center of the table so that it's visible to all.
Personal touch: You don't have to stick to numerals—some fun ideas for naming your tables include constellations, classic TV characters, spices, sports teams, gemstones, famous novels, ski trails, your hometown streets, emoticons, legendary musicians, bodies of water, and dog breeds.
Hot pink floral motif table-number card, $49 for 25, Invitations by Ajalon
Kissing-fish table-number card, $2.50, Documents and Designs
Scroll-design table-number card, $2.50 each, Documents and Designs
Flower-pattern table-number card, $5 per card (plus a $40 setup fee), Hello!Lucky
You call that a table number?
Yes! If you want to skip the classic metal holder, consider one of these ideas.
Alarm clock "Double Bell" clock, $13.99, Hobby Lobby
Luminary "Modern Circles" luminary, $3 each (plus $10 for setup), Mason Rabbit's Paperie