Seating Card Inspiration

This was definitely one of the thousands of things I learn by stalking Weddingbee. Since I’ve attended only two weddings in my life and both of them had someone guiding me to my seat, I had absolutely no idea what a seating chart was until a few months ago.

Now that I’ve been drawn into the wedding waters, I’ve found so many cool/fun seating ideas that I had to share my favorites.

This first one was one of the ones I liked the most, because we wanted to give our guests a tiny bottle of Pisco as a our wedding favors. That way we could share with them a traditional liquor from Chile. But since we want to offer the Pisco Sour at the reception, giving them more Pisco might be too much. I love the idea of mixing the favor with the card, though. smile019


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Another idea I loved was to hang the cards on a rope and tie them with clothespins. This is a classic! I love it! But I don’t want to use all that paper to make the cards.


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Since we have no “official” favors yet, I thought it would be a cool idea to mix whatever we use as favors to hold the names and tables of our guests like this cool DIY coaster project. But again, too much paper is involved.


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So then I searched for some more ideas. Maybe seeds in a bag? Or these cute nests?


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Perhaps apples or compasses? But, I think I’d rather stick to my initial idea of something edible as our favors.


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Because of that, I thought about using other non-paper surfaces to write our guest names on, and maybe they can be grouped around wood frames with their table numbers! So, I though about using rocks.


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Or, maybe very small pieces of wood. I am still not sure what road to take, but I think once we define what our favor is going to be, I could use them as the surface to write our guests’ names on.


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Are you using a non-paper seating card? if so, would you like to share what you’re using? Have you seen any similar inspirational non-paper seating cards that I should take a look at?


Mrs. Poodle

Santiago, Chile/San Bernardino, CA
Wedding Date:
January 2010
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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:35 am

    those are all such cute ideas! i love doing something non-traditional and non-paper. I’m still searching for ideas too! Keep us updated on your search!

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    ETwedding 301 posts, Helper bee @ 9:39 am

    I’m definitely going to use paper for my escort cards. (There is nothing green abt my wedding, which I do feel guilty about). I’m intending to make card catalog style escort cards with an old type-writer font to go with the library theme. I just have to find the right type of paper. These are all super cute options though!

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    bruyere 47 posts, Newbee @ 10:05 am

    Months ago, Weddingbee mentioned an special on Yummyearth lollipops. I got 300 for next to nothing, and I am using them. Branches and trees emerge several times in our decor, so I bought some manzanita branches, a round hole punch, and some Zots. I am writing people’s names on the paper, gluing them (and a little look of fishing line) to the lollipop wrappers, and hanging them from the branches. It’s a new take on a lollipop tree. :)

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    bruyere 47 posts, Newbee @ 10:05 am

    oops! Loop of fishing line, not look! 😉

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:14 am

    Those are all so cute!! I can’t wait to see what you pick!

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    Wolff2Be 170 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:33 am

    I like the idea of combining your escort cards with your favor. I wish we would have done that too, but we worked on those project separately. Oh well!! We ended up just using paper escort cards to match all the other paper goods in our wedding. They ended up being easier than being green.

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 10:35 am

    i think that using small pieces of wood will be very cute, and will tie your hole wedding theme/look. maybe you can write your guest’s names with purple ink!! just an idea 😀

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    RAllise 498 posts, Helper bee @ 10:39 am

    Lots of great photos, I’m looking forward in seeing the direction you take.

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 10:58 am

    Our favors are going to be a homebrew (homemade apple cider for kiddos!) the FI & I are making together. They’ll also serve as seating cards…finding lotsa cute inspirations for attaching “tags” to the bottle for the seating card. =) Check out non wedding related product packaging blogs for great ideas. =)

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    Jo, Guest @ 11:24 am

    Is it the fact that you’d be making cardboard coasters that makes the project un-green?

    You could easily replace the coaster with an edible favor (a cookie, maybe), use recycled wax paper bags to help make your footprint smaller, and still use the idea to label each one as an escort card.

    @bruyere: I do love the idea of a lollipop tree, though!

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    Ananda Lima Photography, Guest @ 11:40 am

    These are fabulous! Thanks for putting them together. I feel like getting married again, just to use them :-). The apples remind me of a New York Themed Wedding that I went to recently, where they had candied applies instead. Thanks for the post!

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    anandalimaphotography 51 posts, Worker bee @ 11:41 am

    Though! Forgot to log in before commenting :-)

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:11 pm

    All of these ideas are so cute! I think we’ll be using paper escort cards and I’m on the fence between doing something along the lines of the one with the clothes pins or pinning them all up on a big cork board…We’ll see as the wedding gets closer! I’m excited to see what you decide on since everything you do seems to be so crafty!

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    Miss Texas 242 posts, Helper bee @ 12:14 pm

    we have a poker theme for our wedding so we are using playing cards as our escort cards! the suits/numbers are the table numbers! :-)

    but, i know you’re trying to go green as possible so here’s my little suggestion. you could try going to any glass or tile company and gather their scraps and use those. we are going to this green granite and tile company where we live and using their scrap tiles for a project later on in our home. and most places like that will give you the scraps for free as long as you make a donation to one of their conservation funds or charities. hth! :-)

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:40 pm

    I love the scraps of wood, especially for your outdoor ranch wedding, and if they’re building your ‘chapel’ then there will be plenty of wood leftover. I think we’ll just be having tags on our favors, which are paper heavy, but I think might actually be something most people will keep.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:00 pm

    those all look great. i might have to show the boy the first picture. we constantly argue over whether it’s soda [me] or pop [him]. another point for soda!

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    Charm bracelet 1952 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:18 pm

    I haven’t decided yet on what I want to do for place cards but some of your ideas got me thinking. I like the rock idea, too. Hmmm, now I will need to think about it.

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    YSAP2M 277 posts, Helper bee @ 2:32 pm

    We copied pengys idea! I beaded wine charms and tied each name on to the wine charms with a piece of ribbon. The wine glasses looked SO cook all laid out on the table.

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    abrideagain 532 posts, Busy bee @ 2:32 pm

    We’re doing a “tag” onto our Mason drinking jars. The tag will hold the name of the guest along with table number…and it allows them to not lose their glass all night long.

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    DarlingNikki586 175 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:25 pm

    Wow, I was already planning to do the Jones soda thing! Jones’ website allows you to order personalized bottles, where you put your picture and a saying on the bottle! I thought I was being original, but it’s cool to see what it might look like all set up!

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    ggsb 1245 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:40 pm

    we did small jars of jam as favors which I covered the tops of with some leftover fabric and then added a label to the top. I think they turned out well and combined escort cards with the favors. I would have rather used plantable paper for the labels but I just couldn’t get it in time. Mine and some other fun ideas like LatteLove’s twig seating cards are on the boards under this post:

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:51 pm

    @bruyere: That’s such a cute idea – I love manzanita branches!

    @Miss Texas: Thank you for the tips!! :)

    @ggsb: yaya Thank you so much for the link! 😉 I love your jams!! the pictures are awesome

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    Toronto wedding photographer, Guest @ 10:47 pm

    I am hearing the idea of seating chart for the very first time.But frankly speaking i did not like that.This will make wedding a much formal event.

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    s4012843 5 posts, Newbee @ 2:05 am

    I think the bottles of pisco is a really good idea, they could take them home and make their own pisco sour with them if you put the recipe on the cards as well! I was really tempted to make rectangular shortbread biscuits and then pipe the names on with icing . . . it wasn’t so convenient though to travel across the country with them for the wedding.

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    Jessica, Guest @ 6:28 am

    i am buying luggage tags since our theme is about tying in our engagement, (we got engaged in Bermuda) so I am using luggage tage and printing their names in the clear window it has…

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 10:43 am

    I love the soda idea at the top! Too cute!

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    Tara, Guest @ 2:00 pm

    I love all of the ideas I am seeing. We are giving away homemade Lemoncello to our guests in 3 ounce corked bottles. We are attaching a tag with the guests name and seating arrangement. Anyone have any idea where I can find tags like the ones pictures around the Jones soda bottles? I have had a terrible time fiding something that would work size and paper quality wise..and is not round. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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