If you’ve ever planned any sort of party, you know that seating is the hardest part of the process. Will your dad’s sister hit it off with your mom’s first cousin? How can you keep a set of exes who were once part of the same friend group apart? These questions and many, many more like them are bound to come up as you work out the details of your wedding, bridal shower and rehearsal dinner. (Don’t worry—read this if you need some help.) One detail you might forget about is how to display the place cards for the seating arrangement. Let us take that off your plate—pun intended—with these place card holder ideas, from rustic and chic to modern and everything in between.
Hosting a destination wedding? Give a nod to your location with stacked pink-and-white trunks. The cards are even trimmed with gold foil detail to match the hardware on the tiny suitcases.
My Wedding Favors suitcase place card holder, $13 for 6, MyWeddingFavors.com
A statement holder like this can be paired with just about any theme (calling all foodies!), and the clean metal look matches easily with other tabletop details like votives, vases and centerpieces.
The Knot Shop twisted fork vintage inspired stationery holders, from $3, TheKnotShop.com
Natural birch wood is beautiful, but it can also be pricey to cut, clean and style. This synthetic version is quicker, easier and perfect for a winter wedding or woodland affair.
The Knot Shop faux birch log card holders, from $2, TheKnotShop.com
These silver silver bells—complete with a heart—are the cutest place holders.
David’s Bridal kissing bell place card holder, $29 for 24, DavidsBridal.com
Try gold lettering against these handmade geometric card holders for a chic modern table setting.
ModLode place card holder, $3, Etsy.com
You have a lot of reasons to pop champagne right now—especially when it’s pink. Use these mini bottles to say “cheers” to all attending your bridal shower.
Kate Aspen pink champagne place card holder, from $11 for 6, KateAspen.com
These mini typewriters add a little bit of nostalgic charm to your guests’ place settings. And as an added bonus, the “l,” “o,” “v,” and “e” keys are highlighted in white.
The Knot Shop vintage typewriter card holder, from $3, TheKnotShop.com
These realistic-looking succulent place card holders perfectly complement an outdoor setting or add a natural touch to an indoor one.
Pier 1 Imports succulent place card holder, $5, PierOne.com
Give a new spin to “his” and “hers” with a mix of mustaches and lips cast in solid brass.
Jonathan Adler brass Mr. and Mrs. Muse place card holders, $98 for 4, JonathanAdler.com
These agate holders will stand out—especially against mirror-topped tables. Choose from amethyst or rose quartz.
BHLDN gilded agate card holder, $12, Bhldn.com
Place these fun chalkboards on an easel for stylish signage, or use them to tell guests what’s being served at your reception.
The Knot Shop decorative chalkboards with white frame, $4, TheKnotShop.com
Pressed glass vases are so pretty as table décor and can hold both small flowers and seating assignments.
FlowerFilledWeddings small party vases, from $12 for 4, Etsy.com
Escort cards that can double as wedding favors are genius. Choose from a gold or silver finish to match the table settings, or mix and match metallics.
The Knot Shop mini photo frames, $2, TheKnotShop.com
When understated elegance is the name of the game, these clear, jewel-shaped place card holders most certainly do the trick.
Pretty Display clear diamond place card holder, $18 for 20, Amazon.com
Make an outdoor, rustic wedding a little glitzier with these golden pinecones. We particularly like them for a fall wedding.
Williams Sonoma gold pinecone place card holders, $50 for 4, Williams-Sonoma.com
Give your celebration a tropical vibe, whether it be for a backyard bridal shower or an outdoor wedding.
Kate Aspen gold pineapple place card holders, $20 for 6, Jet.com
There’s something quite charming about these functional props, complete with an aged bronze finish.
The Knot Shop vintage key stationery/place card holder, from $32, TheKnotShop.com
Calling all travel junkies! Use these vintage-style planes as a nod to a shared passion—and to tease your upcoming honeymoon.
Godinger airplane place card holders, $50 for 4, LordandTaylor.com
Having an afternoon-tea-themed bridal shower? Or just a big tea fan? These place card holders are the perfect pick for you.
Kate Aspen tea time place card holders, $12 for 12, Target.com
These mason jar place holders are a cute touch to a laid-back tablescape. You can even go a step further and adding some florals.
My Wedding Favors preserve jar place card bud vase, $4, MyWeddingFavors.com
For the ultimate personalized touch, pair place cards with holders molded to the first letter of each guest’s name. Or, use the letter of your and your partner’s last name throughout.
MySuspendedMoments initial letter place card holders, $40 for 16, Etsy.com
Perfect for a destination or waterfront, these coral place holders add unique texture to each place setting, and since they’re a neutral cream color, they go with a variety of color schemes.
The Knot Shop coral shaped card holders, from $3, TheKnotShop.com
Opt for décor that does double-duty, saving you from printing and placing cards. Just make sure you tap the bridesmaid with the best penmanship for assistance.
Pier 1 Imports place card holder with pen, $30 for 6, PierOne.com
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