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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Frugal Bride's Wedding Place Cards

 Wedding Place Cards - color coded by meal choiceAre you planning a DIY wedding? Do you need a way to inform the meal servers about the guests menu choices? Here's how we did it at my daughter's recent wedding. We made color-coded place cards. You can go with any image theme you want, just color the place cards differently and be sure the meal servers know what the colors mean.

We put a few of them on tables reserved for  the bridal party, parents and grand parents. The rest were placed on a long table and guests were then able reserve their own spot for where they wanted to sit for the meal.

Stampin UP Leaf DieThe groom got his college degree in Urban Forestry so they wanted something with a tree or leaf theme. Stampin'UP!'s leaf die (#113459) was perfect for this job! This die has 4 different shapes on it.

It was super easy for the meal servers to glance at the place  card and know what  meal choice each guest had made.
Wedding Place Cards - color coded by meal choice
It was also super easy to make them. We had sisters and nephews and aunts and uncles helping to do this. It became a family operation.
  • First we cut out all the leaf shapes
     (Alway Artichoke, Wild Wasabi and either Tangerine Tango or Daffodil Delight)
  • Then I cut and folded each place card (I used Naturals White - it had a softer more natural look to it)
  • Next we used the Designer Frames Embossing Folder (#123130) to make the oval frame for the names. We used a computer to print the names on Avery clear return address labels and stuck them on the place cards.  The return address labels are smaller and the clear ones were less conspicuous. 
They were very effective. The servers had no problems and we got lots of positive feed back about the placecard "decorations". I'd love to take credit for this idea but I got this idea from a friend. She had a winter wedding and had two large Christmas trees set up with ornaments on them. These were our place cards, each one had a guest's name on it. There are lots of ways to use Stampin'UP! products to implement this idea. Call me if you'd like to talk about how you can make this idea work at your event.  

Happy Stamping
--Katie

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