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What are Different Types of Place Cards?

By Sherry Holetzky
Updated May 17, 2024
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Do you need place cards for your wedding reception, an anniversary celebration, or a dinner party? Whatever the event, you can find many different types of place cards in attractive styles to help your guests find their seats. If you have numbered the tables or have given each one an interesting name, you can select place cards for the center of the table that contain this information.

For a more personal touch, choose from two types of place cards, individual cards or cards for each couple. For a wedding reception, you can select from types of place cards that coordinate with your wedding invitations. You can also order custom types of place cards to go with nearly any theme for other events or occasions. They are available in many different styles, textures, and colors. They offer a large array of font styles and ink colors as well.

You can choose from handmade papers to heavy cardstocks, from flat types of place cards to foldover styles that are freestanding. Flat single-ply place cards can be used alone, in special place card frames, or you can select from a variety of attractive place card holders. Holders come in many different shapes and finishes, such as bells, shells, hearts, flowers, stars, and even wedding cake designs. They are available in gold, silver, and colored finishes.

Framed place cards add an elegant touch to any affair. Tiny frames are specially made and sized to fit cards perfectly. Different types of place cards may be framed vertically or horizontally. You can select plain or embellished frames, or dress up plain frames yourself to coordinate with other wedding or party favors.

Some types of place cards are prepackaged, blank, and ready for your message, while others can be ordered personalized. Blank place cards can be handwritten or printed in calligraphy, or you can choose ink jet or laser printer compatible place cards to print with your computer. Printer compatible place cards are also available in both flat and foldover styles, so be sure to select the appropriate style.

Shop with your local stationer or wherever invitations are sold. You can also shop online and view the many different types of place cards from the comfort of your home. Be sure to order in advance, allowing plenty of time before your event, especially if you intend to have the cards printed.

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