Please share your cheap/DIY ideas for place cards!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

We are going with homemade chocolate chip cookies . . . We’ll put them into waxed bakery bags with bakers twine in our colors and a tag that is either stamped or printed. We are also going to use the bakers twine for tying together the Field Guide-inspired programs we’re making, and the binding for the guestbook that I am making.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

We are just doing text place cards, in alphabetical order! Guests take their card and sit at their table. I have 200 guests as well, and this will only cost $60 🙂 DIY

 

Avery Medium Tent Cards. This is im inspiration photo

Post # 5
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Busy bee

@Nikkimcq:  we arent doing favors. We woudl rather use that extra money into other costs. Like activities for kids. All the weddings i have been too, i couldnt tell you what the favor was or if it was good bad or made it home!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are doing library cards and we bought some old card catalog drawers to put them in. We’re stacking them on books.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Kiawah Island

These didn’t go with our beach house reception, but I love these little topiary place card holders from target.  $20 for 12.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

oops……

this would be really easy to duplicate……….

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Skittles131: Don’t like root beer. 🙂

We had a nature feel to our wedding as well, so this is what we did for our place cards:

Cedar disks with the names burned into them (I outlined the names first using carbon paper). My husband then mounted little stands on the back so that they could stand up:

Our guests loved them, but I guess it would be a bit of a pain to manufacture 200 of them… What about small bottles with maple syrup for each guest?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Skittles131:  I had onyx candle holders that doubled as favors. They did take up quite a bit of space bc we had close to 250 guests BUT they were lovely ! And bc we imported them from an area of Mexico with a lot of onyx they were only $2.50 each!!!!!  My dad picked them up on a business trip and put them on a truck for his business so we avoided  shippng costs too! Basically, you gotta make use of whatever resources are at your disposal! 

 

Is your FI handy? Could you take a branch and slice it and then print your guests name on it? Like an ornament almost? 

 

Ooh! or you could do seed packets! You could just buy them at a place like Home Depot, tie a pritty ribbon around it and put on a label with a picture of you and FI and your date and them something like :Watch love grow” or something? 

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Skittles131:  Are you crafty at all?

Easy to drill wood cubes with a test tube inserted for a bud vase

Bud Vase Escort Cards- even if not the wooden block-  I really like the idea of combining the seating cards with the favor. ( makes things easier). You could put daisies in them and then it's 3-in-1

candles from the dollar store

Leaf Escort Card Tags Deposit by willowglenstationery on Etsy, $30.00

mini lanterns- will add lots of sparkle to the reception

My mom had this great idea for favor/escort cards combinations. I love.

little nests with a couple of speckled candies

Wedding Escort Cards, Nests Place Cards, Favor, Woodland Card holder Table Setting Decoration Rustic Turquoise Blue Pastel Bird Baby Shower

miniature galvanized buckets with candies that look like river rocks

The bride and groom combined their escort cards and favors, resulting in miniature galvanized buckets filled with Colorado rock candy, made to look like colorful river rocks. Each pail was marked with a guest’s name and table number.  You could fill it with anything you want to personalize it to fit your theme.

you could do something similar to this only use cinnamon sticks

This might be the winner. Rustic Escort Cards

apples

Apple Escort Cards, Country Wedding Guest Name Place Cards for your Wedding Table Decoration, Barn, Rustic, Farm, Green.

these little tiny bottles with  single flower- the bottles are about 10 cents each- you can order them all the same

http://www.sciplus.com/p/100ML-CLEAR-BOTTLE-WIDE-MOUTH-52mm-Dia-x-95mm-Tall_49942

100ML CLEAR BOTTLE, WIDE MOUTH, 52mm Dia. x 95mm Tall

escort card ideas - miniature flower vases as escort cards

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Skittles131:  These arent favors, but they were easy to make. The cards are really cheap online (amazon). Then I printed eveyone’s name on them. I printed the table # (written in japanese) and used a punch (I wish I had gotten a slightly smaller punch). The flowers are scrapbooking embellishments with a brad in the middle. I had to indicate what everyone ordered to the wait staff so –pink=beef, orange=salmon, green=veggie.

I made the flowers (because they come in single layers) while sitting on the couch watching TV. I could punch out the table # and put it all together after my RSVP had come in.

Here are some flowers that might work for your decor

http://www.joann.com/pop-up-posies-paper-flowers-neutrals/11428976.html

 

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