Place Cards vs. Table Cards

Uncle Tom can’t sit next to Aunt Rose. Cousin Jake and Grandpa Joe always talk politics. Take control of your next party situation by creating formal organization with a place card or table card for your guests to follow upon entering your reception or party venue. Table cards and place cards advise a guest where to be seated for an event.

A table card is a small flat card, approximately 2 x 3 inches, which is placed inside an envelope. The couple’s name is on the front of the envelope and the card inside reveals what table the couple is asked to sit at. Table cards are typically given to guests prior to arriving to the reception, (at an outdoor table in alphabetical order), so that when your guests arrive they have plenty of direction.

A place card is a top fold rectangular card, approximately 2 x 3 inches when standing, which is again given to the guest prior to arrival at a reception, typically given outside the reception entrance. The card will have the couple’s name written on the front with a table number below it. Typically names and table numbers are done in calligraphy or printed in script. The couple then takes the card to their table and places it before their place setting. Some couples will put the place cards in different colors or patterns to assist their caterers with supplying each guest with the dinner choice they had given when originally replying for the event.

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