Place cards

Place cards are placed at each place setting to ensure guests sit in the correct seats. They are only required if you have assigned guests to seats (not tables). If you are using tent-fold cards, write the guest's name on both sides so that other guests on the table can also read it.

Usually place card names will be in the format "Mr John Smith", but you can use "John Smith" or "Mr J. Smith" depending on the level of formality you feel happy with. Using just the first name is obviously not recommended if there is more than one person with the same first name. Guest names can also be written on personalised favours or menus instead of using place cards.

Place cards can be bought from wedding suppliers and some stationery suppliers. You can either write them by hand yourself, employ a calligrapher to do it for you or print them on the computer. If you are printing them on the computer we recommend you buy sheets of press out place cards, for example ones available from Avery, DecaDry or Sigel.

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If you use an artistic font for your place cards (e.g. script or gothic), make sure it is readable by all your guests.

Place cards can be a useful way to communicate to the catering staff which meals people have ordered. E.g. add a red ribbon or dot to the place card for beef and a blue ribbon or dot for fish.

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