DIY Ideas for Retro & Vintage Wedding Place Cards

Have fun with your table settings with these ideas for wedding place cards!

I didn’t actually have place settings for our wedding since I wanted it to be quite informal, but it’s certainly a chance to be creative if you do! Place cards are relatively cheap and easy to do, and a useful tool if you want to get your guests talking to each other and mix up family and friends.

For some retro & vintage-inspired place settings to match your 1950s dress, how sticking some of these Cath Kidston stickers to plain white cards before writing your guests names on them? I am a HUGE fan of Cath Kidston anything, so this gets the thumbs up from me. The booklet comes with over 200 stickers, including those iconic vintage florals and spotty prints. Currently on sale from Amazon for £3.34.

Or for more do-it-yourself tricks, get a rubber stamp to make some handmade place cards that look simple but classy. I love this ‘heart shower’ rubber stamp below from Handy Hippo (£6.99). This ‘candy hearts’ rubber stamp from Inkadinkado (£6.36) is also so cute!

Tying a name tag to a flower is always so pretty. Very cheap and easy to do, but looks so beautiful.

(c) Corbin Gurkin Photography

For a rustic country-wedding, parcel tags tied to cutley with polka dot ribbon would be gorgeous. For some of my favourite polka dot and ‘just married’ ribbon see our previous post here on DIY table decorations. For absolutely gorgeous 1950s retro yumminess you couldn’t do better than these Cath Kidston ribbon rolls though (£1.20). See – I told you I’m a huge fan!

For an afternoon of fun and going through lots of old photos of friends and family, photo place cards are great. I’m not sure it’s too practical if you’re having huge numbers of guests, but it’s certainly great fun for an intimate wedding. I found this picture via Intimate Weddings where Christina made place cards made from pictures from vintage children’s books. She used piece of cards or book pages for the background, and then cut out faces from old children’s books. She glued them on, typed the names of her guests using a font she found in Microsoft Word, and then printed & glued the names onto the card. Genius idea!

If you like the idea of using vintage pics, these 1950s fashion pics turned place cards are utterly fabulous too! Christina made these from images of vintage sewing patterns she found on Google. For the full tutorial click here.

For some last little ideas, have a look at this inspiration board below. Hopefully you’ve found some ideas that you like the look of perhaps to use at your own wedding. If not, there are always dinner parties!

Have a great wednesday everyone.

Charlie x

Inspiration board created via Style Me Pretty‘s Inspiration Board Tool

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