Weddings are great events, especially if you love crafts and have been asked to help decorate the reception venue. It really is a dream job.
You get the chance to make decorations for a whole room. Of course, it is a challenge, but it is normally great fun too. Usually people like to spend a little extra on a wedding, so you get to work with some fantastic materials.
However, to get a good result you have to pay attention to detail, so for this article I decided to focus in on place name cards and holders. It is a little item, but they make a big impression on guests, many people take them home as a memento of the wedding.
Before you start work, it is always a good idea to visit the venue or look at some good quality pictures. This will inspire you, and ensure that the place name holders you come up with will work for the venue. Heaton House in Cheshire offers couples several different styles of reception room. A decor style that would be perfect for the Wedding Barn could look too homely in the more modern setting of the Steele’s Barn.
You also need to talk to the couple about the theme they are planning to use for their wedding. Run through some suggestions with them to get a better idea of what they like. This will help you to narrow down your options and improve the chances that your final ideas will be acceptable to the couple.
Ok, now for the fun bit…the craft:
The first option is a versatile one. Just take something and spray it gold or silver or cover it in glitter and attach the nametag.
With this idea, you are only limited by your imagination. One of the coolest set of place names I ever saw were light bulbs sprayed gold with the names written on them.
Foodie place names
Making some nice canapés or cup cakes and sticking the names into the pretty food morsel works really well. Guests like it because they have something to eat the moment they sit down.
Cork based ideas
Corks are great as place name holders. If you want, you can leave them as they are and put the card into a slot you cut into the top.
But, we suggest you get creative and decorate the cork. Again, you are only limited by your imagination. The corks can be painted any colour and you can finish them in any style you like.
Paper is a great material to use. You can do so much with it especially if you are good at origami. There are some easy to follow instructions here. Another great idea is to make a paper flower for each place setting, and you do not necessarily need origami skills for this option.
Another great approach is to use natural materials as part of your placeholder design. Large leaves, fresh or dried, with the names written in calligraphy look great and work surprisingly well.
There are hundreds of ways to make fantastic place name holders. Once you have done one wedding you will be itching to do the next one.