Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Quick Tip Tuesday: The Best Place card Practices

Placecards. It's one of the last things on your list, but it's coming up. Weddings naturally lend themselves to a "herding cats" situation any way. Use this tips to get your guests to their seats and on their way:

1. Write your guests' full names on the placecards. No nicknames. So, no "Uncle Tipsy," make it "Marvin Howard." If it's an entire family at one table, it's okay to print "Peterson Family" on the placecard. A married couple should be written as "Patrick and Lynn Beard." 

2. Line the cards up on the table alphabetically by last name. This how we've all been conditioned to look for ourselves and others, and there's a reason for that - it's the easiest way.
Don't group the placecards by table number.  No one knows, going in, what their table number is, so you'll have 100+ people tripping over each other, going through every table looking for their name. Don't do it. 

3. Bonus - Print out a guest list, by last name and table number. At my weddings, one of my assistants stands by the placecard table to assist guests that are having trouble finding their names. If you don't have a planner, ask one of your wedding party or a family member to do this. 

Want more planning tips?  Go to my website, and click on Ten Things About Your Wedding on the top far right to find out how to avoid the mistakes a lot of couples make while planning the big day, plus you'll be signed up for Charmed Weddings,  my weekly wedding advice newsletter. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

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