Place card holders??????

by DIY wedding planner on September 6, 2012

I need place card holders. I need about 160 for my wedding. Does any one have any ideas, that are diy or inexpensive? I really don’t want to do the mini picture frames.

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Brandy September 6, 2012 at 5:17 am

You can create them yourself on your computer. All they are are index cards anyway. Go to Office Max and by a couple of boxes of the perforated type (different sizes to choose from) that you can print right through your own printer. They do not need to be fancy but you can use different script fonts if you want. All – in all you’ll spend maybe $40 on them. What may cost a bit more is the card holders, which if you get creative, you can find a way to make those. However, you can also go to a party supply store or look around online to buy them in bulk. Good luck.


Izetriyen September 6, 2012 at 5:52 am

what are your colors or theme? if I give some ideas maybe it will inspire you to find something appropriate. (honestly, I dont know about place cards but they are names for who sits where, correct?)
how about slicing the bottom of an orange so it will sit without rolling and writing the names on the oranges or some organic fruit or veggie? you might carve designs on them also or dyes.
and top with a flower or carve a hole in the top of the fruit…umm
You could find some colorful leaves and write the names on them. sorry, hehe Im always thinking nature. lol
umm Cut up a nice wide ribbon to make placecard sized pieces and do some ‘flag’ type thing with small diameter dowels and stick it in clay to hold in place on tables. ?? dunno. You could always design something on a computer paint program and print out also.
good luck, happy nuptuals


Beffy September 6, 2012 at 6:28 am

Why don’t you just dye-cut little paper bags and put them together in one of your wedding colors. Then put labels on them that says the guests name and table number and fill the bags with candy. There, you have your place cards and wedding favors done!


americanladyace September 6, 2012 at 6:54 am

Here is a diy website that has a few different ways of doing place card holders.

I was thinking you could use the little favor bag and just add a little tag card on it instead of the paint on the ribbon.

Also here is one for THE Martha Stewart :) It’s cute for something a little more fancy,;jsessionid=JR4KWSC5DRRW1WCKUUXCGWWYJKSS0JO0?type=content&id=channel1528&catid=cat19297&navLevel=3

Have fun and congrats!


totallylovableandinlove September 6, 2012 at 6:56 am

what about printing your own to save money, they sell the templates at staples or something and you can print from your own comp…. Then get ribbon something pretty in your wedding colors and hang the place cards from a flowr arrangment or something…. I have seen it done and it looks great and its inexpensive because your only paying for the ribbon which isn’t expensive. Good Luck.


scottsladylumps September 6, 2012 at 7:55 am

Use something more unique to you for a place card, try using something that is Incorporated in your wedding. What are your colors? Example : a Burgundy wedding can have pomegranates as card holders, a green wedding can have apples. Other good place card holders: Cinnamon, cookies, brownies. Does your wedding already have a theme? Example: Chinese themed could use chopsticks, western could use scented cowboy hat car air fresheners. Things like this can double as place card holders and favors!
The plain truth is use you imagination and your wedding theme to help you choose a non-typical place card holder.
A few good websites have ideas like this: and

Good Luck and Best Wishes!


Duelen September 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

you can go to the craft sore and buy little itty bitty wreaths and decorate them with those little fake flower bunches you aftern see on flower girl dresses. i think it’s really cute, and i’m doing something similar with my wedding, only i’m using some cute antiqued bells. plus, it can double as a favor!


lillian_ivy September 6, 2012 at 8:55 am

Picture frames, or they make these picture holders with a curly wire at the top they work they have really inexpensive favors.


Future MRS. September 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

look at Martha Stewart weddings….she’s got lots of great ideas- from painted rocks, to wire holders. all diy


MelB September 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

Depending on your color scheme, you could do a million different things, from seashells, to polishes stones, small pieces of fruit w/ the persons name/table number pinned to it (saw this in Martha Stewart Living w/ green apples) single inexpensive flowers, or even good quality silk flowers/flower heads. You actually don’t even need a place card holder, if you buy the type that are “tented” in other words, they stand on their own and don’t need a holder at all!


Mommy-of-Twins September 6, 2012 at 10:06 am has a ton of diferent place card holders. They have good prices too.


Jessica S September 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

I have seen cards that were folded to look like little chairs, each tied with a littel ribbon that looked like a sash for the chair, the names were printed on the back rest of each chair. Very cute and I am sure easy to do at home.

another option is to have strips of paper curled, each guests name is written on the paper and then hung from the wine glass that is at each table setting, looks very classy and romantic.

Instead of doing individual place cards have thier names printed at the table numbers card and allow open seating.

Oh and one more…get frosted tea light holder (mass amounts really cheap at ikea) go to your local sign shop (fast signs are every where) and give thema list of your guests names, they will cut vinyl for you in any color and place each guest name on the tea light so they are illuminated, kills to birds with one stone, candle ambiance and name card


Solstice Bride September 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

Here are two websites that have great place card holders: and

If you need more, Google “place card holders”. You’ll be surprised how many excellent resources you’ll find.



AbusedAngel30 September 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

I found a really cute idea for these in the latest issue of Modern Bride magazine.

Print them out on your printer at home on index cards or cardstock (cut). Fold the cards in half; at the top of the card, glue a cute decorative ribbon, and at the end of the ribbon (or even in the middle), place a cute little flower, charm, etc.

I really thought it looked cute and original – not to mention cheap and easy to do!

Best Wishes!


chocolateandnuts September 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

The most inexpensive way I’ve seen is to make them into napkin rings. They require almost as much setup as they do creation, but they’re nice and you don’t have to worry about people not taknig them home, because they’re disposable!

Buy paper that can bend nicely without creasing, and cut them into strips wide enough to fit the guest’s name on. Write with a nice pen or marker their name (or use a computer), Roll them around the napkins at the dinner table, and that’s it! You can have them pre rolled and just pull the napkins through, or you can have someone with scotch tape attaching them at the setup time.


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