Thursday, February 9, 2012

Stickin' em in Seats

Sometimes the best decisions are made under last minute pressure (or one can hope).

When it came to thinking up ideas for escort cards my brain made a nice little “hummmmmmmmm” sound in the background. It seemed so trivial to think about when you have a 1 1/2 year engagement, until I realized I have about 50 days until the wedding and I better make some type of decision on what to do.

There are so many cute ideas and I liked a bunch of them.

Window pane seating chart/Image via The Knot; Photo by Eleise Theur Photography

Chalkboard Seating Chart/Photo by Lorraine Daley

Framed Seating Chart/Image via

At first I was really gung-ho on saving the environment and using non-paper options. Because, suddenly I am all about saving the trees? Okay, truth is, I was just being a lazy poser and the real reason I was resisting making little cards is because it’s just so many little pieces of paper to write out!

My venue, however, asks that you put each guest’s dinner selection ON their escort card (please don’t get me started on how this irks me) so this was posing a problem. On top of this I kept worrying that when it came down to it, committing to a seating chart like this would be too risky. If it was necessary to add last minute guests/change-up seating, it would be difficult to make the necessary changes on a pre-printed framed seating chart/on a permanent chalk-paint chalkboard/etc.

So, back to square one. I decided I liked clothespins. Why? Um... I got nuttin’ for ya.

Image via Real Simple

I decided I really liked the tag idea as well and checked out a few websites to find the necessary materials

I ended up ordering a bunch of clothespins & a bunch of little tags. I plan on coffee-staining the tags to make them look a little vintage, clipping the cute little clothespins to each one (makes a handy little escort card handle) and BAM, done. (You know, done once they get here and I make time for the project.)

I like that it’s simple, a little rustic, and a little different. I figure I can stain the tags while I stare blankly at Real Housewives of some stupid city or another, and write out the table assignments at my leisure (probably 2 days before the wedding as I down glasses of white wine at my in-laws while cursing at myself for procrastinating).

Did you have any last minute epiphany ideas for your wedding details?

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