20 Best Wedding Place Card And Name Card Ideas For Your Guests

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20 Best Wedding Name Card Ideas For Your Guests

Organizing a wedding seating chart is quite an ordeal. From making sure everyone is seated next to both new and familiar faces, to making sure some family members stay separated.

The list of underlying must-haves seem infinite. However, while the seating chart may not be the most fun part of wedding planning, there's an element to seating that many couples can bring some creativity to: the wedding name cards.

Create unique and stylish wedding place cards that shows guests where their assigned seat is. And, who knows, they might want to take them home to remember the special night!

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1. Laser cut names


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Starting off our list with one of the most popular new wedding trends, laser cut name plates. Stepping up traditional placecards, laser cut engravings make for wonderful table decor and help those with specific seating charts (as guests' seats are clearly marked) versus assigning general table numbers. 

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2. Egate stone plates


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For anyone celebrating their wedding with new moon energy or who just loves the aesthetics of egate stones, they're now making their way into the wedding scene. Used as name plates for tables, egate stones are a great way to not only signify a particular seat or table, but make for an excellent take-home gift. 

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3. Leather tags


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Or faux leather for the environmentally friendly! Leather name plates or cards are a lovely decor accessories for those having a country or rustic style wedding. 

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4. On display 


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Instead of creating individual name plates, set out a general (on display) seating chart listing everyone's particular table. This can be done in a variety of ways, from clothes line pinning to a acrylic board with dry erase markers or even a chalk board. 

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5. With a sweet treat


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Make guests excited about picking up or finding their particular name card. By pairing the placecard with a sweet treat, you'll know you're starting off the wedding festivties on a great foot: Guests with wide smiles and happy bellies. 

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6. A picture holder


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Why waste a perfectly good opportunity to make a wedding accessory double as a take home gift? Prop your guests' placecards up onto a picture holder. From the traditional clip (or paperclip) holders to themed carvings, there's a great functiality to giving items mult-purpose. 

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7. Pumpkins, gourds, or other seasonal produce


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For those of you having weddings in the fall, festive produce is a great way to show guests to their seat. While practical, it adds a wonderful element of decor to the recpetion. 

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8. Name plates crafted from leaves


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For those enjoying an outdoor wedding, add an element of style and decor to your name plates and placecards with crisp green leaves. Have fun with mixing and matching colors to accent your guests names, just try and stay away from black lettering. Colors like white, gold, and silver go wonderfully when paired with the green backdrop. 

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9. Acrylic name plates


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One of the most popular options, setting up clear or marbled acrylic placecards with your guests names are a great way to add a subtle, beautiful, and function purpose to a signature wedding accessory. Both the acrylic base and name lettering can also match your wedding's particular color theme or favorite colors. 

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10. Coasters


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Whenever we can embed a take-away or take-home gift into a staple wedding tradition, we do it! This time, with coasters. Not only will these name plates keep drinks off your linen rentals, but guests will love the option to bring these items back home with them. 

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11. Seashells


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What's better than a beautiful beach wedding? Trying to incorporate as many "beachy" accessories or decor items into a beach wedding! This includes placecards.

Really expand on your theme of coastal (beachy) by using seashells as the placecards. Plus, instead of buying the individual shells, make it a date night for you and your partner to go collect them by the ocean before the big day (if you actually live by or near the beach). 

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12. Custom cookie


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If there's ever an excuse to gift your wedding guests cookies (or any baked good), take advantage of it. A well fed wedding guest is a happy wedding guest!

Get creative with your seating placecards and put the information on an actual cookie. Just make sure the guests know where they're sitting before they consume their placecard.

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13. Wood slats


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A wonderful and charming decor item for those having a barnyard or rustic wedding. Wooden slats with engraved names or caligraphy writing are an exciting and practical way to get your guests to their seats. 

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14. Succulents and table plants


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Instead of opting for expensive table florals, try incorporating plants (like succulents) onto the table as placecards. They'll add charm to the decor, help out your wallets, and will serve your wedding guests as a nice party favor to bring home with them.

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15. Marble plates


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Similar to acrylic placecards, marble placecards are trending in the wedding scene. Classic and memorable, marble name plates are a great option for those having their wedding reception in a modern location with marble accents scattered throughout the venue (i.e., flooring or table tops). 

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16. Watercolor

These placecards are a great (and afforable) way to add a touch of color into your wedding recption. Whether you decide to DIY or order from an outlet like Etsy, you wont be disappointed with how beautiful they look dressing the guests' tables. 

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17. On a stone


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Perfect for a themed wedding reception (i.e., botanitcal gardens, backyard, or country wedding), stones are a wonderful outlet for placecards. Bonus: if having your wedding outdoors, stone place cards will keep material from flying off the tables with the unwanted wind (such as wedding programs and napkins). 

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18. Keepsake bags


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Wedding guests usually have their hands full after a recpetion. They're holding onto their shoes (heels), party favors, and sometimes leftover sweets or desserts. Help them out a little by gifting them a keepsake bag that doubles as their placecard. They'll thank you later.

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19. Crafted origami 


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Origami is extremely cool and vastly underrated, Bring back the appriciation for the beautiful art of folding and turn your placecards into works of art.

Remember how excited you'd get coming back to your room on a cruise, and seeing the towels shaped into your favorite animals? Bring this whimsical feeling to your wedding guests at your reception. 

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20. Wine stoppers


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We're finishing our list with one of our favorite ideas for a wedding place card: the dual purpose drinking accessory namecard. Everyone could use a spare cork, as we don't want our wine turning into vinegar. Help out your guests by giving them personalized name cards that have custom wine stoppers sharing the sheet. 

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