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Place Card Presentations, From Fun to Feminine to Fab Ideas!

Place card ideas

Who says practical can’t be fun, feminine, or fabulous? Take a look at these creative ways of turning useful into an eyeful, with place cards or escort cards that say more than just “Sit here.” Some card display ideas serve as decor accents that declare “Look at me.” Other card holders double as wedding party favors, inviting guests with a sweet message that says “Take me home, I’m yours!”

Fun Ways to Make them Stand Out

Pictured above: (1) flower shaped favor bag (2) silver favor baskets (3) ivy embroidered sachets (4) sinamay heart-shaped boxes (5) seashell card holders (6) rhinestone place card holders (7) mini flower pots (8) porcelain footed boxes (9) silver keepsake boxes

Whichever second purpose they serve, make the cards themselves as appealing as possible. All it takes are simple touches like these:

Use a special symbol or shape – Cut the card into symbols or shapes that match the theme, style, motif, or season of your wedding.

Choose a fitting font – Take your cue from the party’s look to print on the cards in an elegant cursive font, in formal calligraphy, in whimsical lettering, or in your own handwriting for a personal touch.

Complement the event’s color – Use the occasion’s color palette to choose card stock in a matching hue or colored ink to print your guests’ names on the cards.

Embellish with decorative accents – Dress up the cards with satin ribbon, metallic cord, raffia fiber, crystals, or beads in keeping with the event’s theme or motif.

Themed Ideas for Place Cards

Once the cards are ready, show them off! Here are innovative ideas for presenting place cards based on some great wedding party themes:

Pictured above: (1) flower shaped favor bag (2) silver favor baskets (3) ivy embroidered sachets

1. Winter-Inspired – Set a classic white card on a flower-shaped favor bag for a winter-time wedding party. The tones of ivory and powder blue, and the sparkle of crystals and tiny pearls echo the nostalgic chill of the season.

2. 4th of July – For a July wedding, prop your escort cards in little silver baskets filled with candy amidst a festively patriotic red and blue setting. This look is also great for a hip East-meets-West engagement party.

3. Autumn – Announce that “fall is in the air!” with maple leaf-shaped cards colored in the warm green and burgundy of the season. On each place setting, prop these cards against ivy-embroidered favor sachets holding edible treats for each guest.

Pictured above: (4) sinamay heart-shaped boxes (5) seashell card holders (6) rhinestone place card holders

4. Luau – Having a fun luau for an engagement party or rehearsal dinner? Tuck playful place cards in the shape of a mango atop heart-shaped sinamay favor boxes, and tie them in place with bright orange ribbons and strings of colored beads.

5. Tropical – Capture the casual ambiance of a wedding at the beach with whimsical place cards cut in the shape of pineapples. Present them in seashell card holders and line them up on a large receiving table for an eye-catching tropical display.

6. Arabian Nights – Extend the exotic feel of a Moroccan or Arabian Nights-themed wedding party with place cards held by sparkling rhinestone card holders. For visual interest, cut the place cards in a circular shape. And for added dazzle, sprinkle the tabletop with jewel-toned sequins and tiny glass beads.

Pictured above: (7) favor wrap (8) porcelain footed boxes (9) silver keepsake boxes

7. English Tea Party – Place cards with a glittering gold border are displayed elegantly by flower pot place card holders, which not only serve as table decorations, but romantic tea party favors for guests.

8. Pretty in Pink – For a bridal shower with an all-pink color scheme, place cards with an elegant cursive font perfectly match the period look of footed- porcelain favor boxes. What holds the cards in place? Petite candies in pink, of course.

9. Valentine’s Day – You can scale down your place cards as needed, to fit their holders. Here, tiny strips of card stock sit atop silver trinket boxes—heart-shaped for a Valentine season bridal shower or bridesmaids’ brunch. Colored ink is used to match the guest’s name with the satin ribbon around each box. Simple. Chic!


  1. I am making my sons bar mitzvah and we are doing a south beach night club feel in the room. The whole night is going to be Andrews VIPS. can you suggest a really unusual place card? we thought of the silicone bracelets but not sure if it will work. If you have any ideas I would love to hear. Thankyou

  2. What a unique theme! I’m thinking of some suggestions that will work for a night club theme like yours. Here are some ideas that you may perhaps choose from:

    1) Create VIP passes for guests that double up as place cards – these can be tailored to the color and style of your party. Add some bling with sequins and crystals to really let them appear glamorous.

    2) Make escort cards that are placed in glittery envelopes (gold or siler) – Have each card written in the form of a signature font that matches with a corresponding table (named after a special place or something unique to the celebrant’s interests).

    3) Silver-plated key chains – this would be over the top, but truly unique. You can have the celebrant’s name, date, and event name engraved on the key chains and then have an escort card attached to the key chain.

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