Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Place Cards

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Maddy Sims
maddy sims the knot associate editor
Maddy Sims
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Updated Aug 04, 2021
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There are so many things to consider for your wedding reception: the venue, the decor and the food, of course. But a small detail you'll also want to focus on is your wedding place cards. Often overlooked, these little pieces of paper will help guide your wedding guests to their assigned seats (in lieu of a seating chart). Plus, they'll add a personal touch to your table decor and serve as name tags so your guests can get to know each other. Since they're such an important part of your big day, we put together a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about wedding place cards. From what to write on them to where to order them, we have all the information right here. Additionally, we rounded up our favorite shoppable escort cards so you don't have to spend hours scouring the internet for the perfect ones.

Ready to get started? See everything you need to know about wedding place cards, below.

What is a wedding place card?

A wedding place card is a piece of stationery that usually goes on your reception tables to let guests know where they're sitting. Typically, there's one place card at every seat at your reception with a guest's name and their table number. While they're usually made of paper (think: cardstock), they can also be acrylic, chalkboard, glass or any other kind of material. They often come with place card holders as well, but tent cards stand on their own.

What do you write on wedding place cards?

What you write on your wedding place cards is entirely up to you. You definitely need to include the guests' names, but other than that, there are no set rules. If you want to add more information, you can always include the guests' assigned table numbers as well. You can also include a sweet message, like "welcome" or "at last" or any other sort of greeting to get your guests excited. Pro tip: Don't forget to order cards to display table names too.

Do you need name cards at a wedding?

The short answer is no, you don't need name cards at your event. However, wedding place cards can help your guests find their seats easily and remove any confusion at the reception. Additionally, they ensure your guest list is fully accounted for. Because you're using place cards, nobody can add a rogue request for a plus-one at the last minute.

How do you write on wedding place cards?

wedding place cards blue theme

While you can spend time labeling each wedding place card in hand-written calligraphy, we know you likely don't have too much extra time on your hands. That's why we recommend ordering printed or printable place cards ones online. Sites like The Knot Invitations and Etsy allow you to print all the information you need directly onto the table cards, so all you need to do is set them up on your reception tables.

If you're dreaming of DIY handwritten place cards, we recommend taking a calligraphy course, or simply practicing your print ahead of time. Then, draw on them on a solid, firm surface with a small-tipped pen or marker for sharp, clear lines. Another alternative? Laser cut wedding place cards.

Where to Order Wedding Place Cards

There are so many different places to order wedding place cards. You can always enlist the help of a professional stationer to create custom name cards for your event. Alternatively, you can purchase the materials at a craft store and write them by hand yourself. For a more efficient option, consider purchasing pre-printed place cards off an online retailer. The Knot Invitations carries dozens of different designs to accommodate every kind of theme, color palette, style (like glam or boho) and wedding decor. Psst: The Knot Invitations sells seating cards that will match your wedding stationery (from wedding invitations to rsvp cards) perfectly.

Wedding Place Cards: What to Keep in Mind

Given all of the different wedding place cards available, it's difficult to narrow down your choices. However, there are a few factors to consider when choosing your name cards. First, think about the style of your wedding. If you're hosting a beach-themed wedding, a casual watercolor print will match perfectly. On the other hand, if you're hosting a black-tie soiree, a simple calligraphy design might be best.

You'll also want to consider the height of your wedding place cards to ensure they don't block your guests' views. Additionally, look critically at the dimensions of the cards so they don't take up too much space on the table. Remember: They're not going to be the only things on the table. Account for your centerpieces, place settings, wedding decorations and wedding favors.

Our Favorite Wedding Place Card Ideas

Ready to get shopping? Here are our favorite wedding place card ideas for your special day.

Unique Wedding Place Card

We love these wedding place cards because they're the perfect mix of modern and retro. They'll catch your guests' eyes without overpowering your table setting.

The Knot Invitations Antique Nouveau Place Cards, $99 for 100 place cards, TheKnotInvitations.com

Rustic Wedding Place Card

This pretty wedding place card has a simple line of eucalyptus on it to complement your rustic wedding theme.

The Knot Invitations Eucalyptus Frame Place Cards, $99 for 100 place cards, TheKnotInvitations.com

Beach-Themed Wedding Place Card

We love this wedding place card because it's reminiscent of being on the beach. The pretty greenery, soft calligraphy and watercolor sand will match your theme perfectly.

The Knot Invitations Dusted Calligraphy Place Cards, $99 for 100 cards, TheKnotInvitations.com

Blue Wedding Place Card

This blue wedding place card works for any shade you and your partner have chosen. Plus, it's on-theme without feeling too monochromatic.

The Knot Invitations Modern Brushstroke Place Cards in Blue, $99 for 100 cards, TheKnotInvitations.com

Square Wedding Place Card

wedding place cards square design

Skip traditional rectangular place cards in place of square ones instead. These chic, modern ones will look beautiful on your reception tables.

The Favor Loft Printed Place Cards in Blue, $20 for 24 cards, Etsy.com

Vintage Wedding Place Card

Take your guests back in time with these simple, retro-looking place cards.

The Knot Invitations Vintage Palette Place Cards in Pink, $99 for 100 cards, TheKnotInvitations.com

Fall Wedding Place Card

Your fall wedding place cards don't have to be over-the-top to be on-theme. Consider something simple for your dinner party, like this pretty autumnal flower print.

The Knot Invitations Neutral Greenery Place Cards in Pink, $99 for 100 cards, TheKnotInvitations.com

Gold Wedding Place Card

Is there anything more classic than a gold wedding place card? We're fans of this simple gold foil design because your guests can easily read it.

The Knot Invitations Classic Landscape Place Cards in Gold, $99 for 100 cards, TheKnotInvitations.com

Ivory Wedding Place Card

A modern, minimalistic font is the perfect complement to a pretty ivory color scheme.

The Knot Invitations Modern Photograph Place Cards in Gold, $99 for 100 cards, TheKnotInvitations.com

Tropical Wedding Place Card

This floral place card is a sweet, subtle way to nod to your tropical nuptials.

The Knot Invitations Palm and Protea Place Cards in Gold, $99 for 100 cards, TheKnotInvitations.com

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