DIY Wedding Wednesday: Place Setting 101

place setting how-to

Whether you’re planning your wedding on your own or working with a professional wedding stylist, there are certain wedding design principles that you’re going to want to get familiar with to help ease the planning process. And one of the most important no doubt involves the setup of your guest tables, beyond the centerpiece, focusing on the details that make the difference between an average and a stunning wedding day look. To help you guide your way through the structure of your personal tabletop formations, for today\s how-to we’re sharing our top place setting tips, all easily executable and applicable to any wedding day theme. Happy Planning!

The Place Setting How-To

Tip #1 – Placement is Everything

The first thing to remember when designing your place setting is that no matter what you’re planning to include, all pieces should serve a purpose, logistical or decorative (or ideally both!), and all should work together to create a balanced big picture.

place setting 101

Tip #2 – Layer on the Lovely. Plate Top Details.

Add instant eye candy to your set up by incorporating layers of useful details onto your guest plates. Consider a menu card to get their taste buds going and include their takeaway at their marked spot for a more personalized approach to a guest favor display. And of course there’s the must-include floral detail to finish off the look.

place top layers plate top details

menu card deatils

Tip #3 – Mark Their Spot

It may take a lot of work to plan out your wedding day seating plan, but it’s all worth it. Assigned seating not only leads to a more pleasant overall event experience for your guests, taking the guess work out of their hands, it also gives you another opportunity to personalize your affair. Go for a unique choice for your place card holder to up the interest factor.

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Tip #4 – The Unexpected

A napkin is a straightforward place setting must, but how you go about displaying it comes with plenty of creative possibilities. Go the extra step and think through a way of incorporating yours in such a way that provides for another excuse to add detail to the overall look. A napkin ring, both traditional and DIY’d like we used here, is a natural choice.

napkin ring

featured here: oval tin tag

metal tag

Tip #5 – Go for the Upgrade

Your venue will likely provide you with all the place setting staples required for dinner service. But if budget allows it, consider upgrading the options for a look more suited to your specific event design. At the very least make sure you review the standard offering to ensure all your service needs are indeed covered.

Star Players – The Stationery

What’s the easiest way to incorporate personalized details into your place setting and event as a whole? A custom stationery line with pieces that subtly shape and elevate the specifics of your wedding day design. Here’s a recap of the pieces featured in today’s post.

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Personalized City Style Design Stationery In the Following Pieces:



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – Complete the Look

stationery how to - complete the look

Last week we introduced you to a new stationery feature series we’ll be running this month. We started with the basics by breaking down the differences between low, medium and high concept stationery suites (see the post here). This week we’re getting into the details. Using last Wednesday’s “simplified” stationery concept, we’re showing you how to complete the look  by incorporating coordinating “day of” pieces into your wedding day. And when you see the type of visual impact a well coordinated grouping of paper accessories can have on your big day, “simplified” will be the last adjective that’ll come to mind!

Find Your Seat and Let’s Eat!

You could go the expected route and put out place cards to guide your guests to their seats. Or you could get creative and entice your guests to find their spots with these DIY escort card concepts.

diy escort cards

What You’ll Need 

diy escort cards - supplies

The Details 

diy escort concept escort card craft wooden cutlery

The Big Picture

Pull off an ultra swoon worthy setup by doing as the pros do, layer your table top with coordinating pieces that add interest and dimension. It’s such a lovely thing when pretty and functional come together.

reception table stationery

What You’ll Need 

reception table stationery

The Details 

personalized menu card menu card details

boho inspired place card personalized table number table number details personalized wine bottle label personalized water bottle label water bottle label details

Finishing Touches

Pull off your coordinated look throughout every last detail, including the little trinkets your guests walk away with. Send them off with a thoughtful thank you personalized from the two of you.

favors - stationery accessories

What You’ll Need 

favor stationery supplies

for the key ring favor:

for the flower pot favor:

for the baggie favor:

The Details 

boho inspired baggie favor personalized boho inspired stamp favor tags flower pot favor personalized boho inspired sticker dreamcatcher key ring favor boho inspired thank you tag key ring favor



Wedding Planning Essentials: The Reception Checklist

wedding reception essentials

If there’s one thing that’s essential to a successful wedding planning process it’s the habit of keeping lists. There are just way too many elements that go into planning a wedding to attempt winging it as you go or working from memory. Try it and you’re sure to get lost in all the details. Luckily there are plenty of monthly planning checklists readily available online  to help you work through the process. What’s harder to come by is a comprehensive list of the essentials you need to source to pull off the big party. But not to worry. We’ve got you covered! Here’s the rundown of the basics you need to consider for your wedding reception, along with some on trend examples of each. Happy Planning!

The Essentials Checklist:

  • Seating Chart, Escort Cards or Place Cards
  • Table Numbers
  • Guest Book and Pen
  • Wishing Well
  • Cake Topper
  • Cake Serving Set
  • Toasting Flutes

Seating Plan

Unless you’re having a very small and intimate dinner party style reception, a seating plan is a must. Guide your guests to their seats with either a creative seating chart fit to theme or beautifully displayed escort cards. Take it one step further by assigning seating at each table with the use of a place card in a lovely little holder.

custom guest sating chart

featured here: custom seating chart created using the open ornate vintage inspired frame and diy escort cards

reception seating ideas

featured here: diy escort cards created using burlap wrap by the roll and miniature ornate hanger clips

Table Numbers

A well thought through seating plan is for nothing without a well marked table. Most venues provide a standard table number option you can use, but check with them to make sure. To elevate the look consider using a custom table number, fit perfectly to your event design.

Guest Book

Some traditions are well worth keeping. Create an instant wedding keepsake by incorporating a guest book into your reception where all who attend can leave their permanent mark and well wishes.

Wishing Well

Want the sentimental keepsake offering a guest book provides but looking for a bit more creativity in the display? If so consider a uniquely designed Wishing Well where guest’s notes are marked on custom cards.

Cake Topper and Serving Set

Finish off your beautiful cake with an equally gorgeous cake topper. Pick something that either represents you as a couple, or go for something fit to theme. And remember a cake knife and server set for the sweet tradition of the cake cutting.

garden themed wedding cake

Toasting Flutes

Don’t forget one of the best reigning wedding traditions, the toasting of the two of you as the new Mr. and Mrs. Pick a stylish set of flutes that you’ll enjoy time and again after the big day.

Ready to Shop?

If you’re ready to get your reception essentials shopping started, we’ve compiled everything you see here (and more) into an easy to shop checklist. You can download your copy right here and when you’re ready visit the Reception section of for 100s of accessory options.
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