We received this question from bride-to-be, Tara, who wants to know about handwritten wedding place cards. She writes,
“Hi Emmaline, is it wrong to handwrite our place cards? My handwriting isn’t perfect but I think I could pull it off. What do you think?”
Hi Tara! Great question! I love the idea of handwriting your place cards. And you know what, it does add a personalized touch. So, no, it’s not “wrong” to hand-write them at all! It doesn’t seem cheap by not printing them; I think, actually, quite the opposite. It shows you went the extra mile to write each name, and that’s meaningful to guests.
If you don’t have the time, hand-writing skills, or the desire to provide handwritten place cards for your guests, who can blame ya? :) There are options out there if you’re not willing to give it a go yourself.
How to Handwrite Your Place Cards
If you want to handwrite your wedding cards yourself, it’s easy! Just practice a bit with a fine point Sharpie marker (I find them to be the easiest to write with and they never smudge!)
You can buy a pack of 100 blank place cards from Blank Paper Greetings for only $9.99.
Just keep practicing and practicing, and you’ll get the hang of it! If you’re interested in learning hand-lettering, you should take guidance from LHCalligraphy. Laura’s a pro! And I’m sure after you practice a bit, your place cards will turn out great!
And… if you change your mind and want to outsource the handwriting… here’s where to buy handwritten place cards.
Where to Buy Handwritten Place Cards
You can find handwritten place cards done FOR you from these talented artists. These unique, non-conventional place card ideas are also sort of a fun way to play up your theme, like sea glass for a beach wedding, terra cotta pieces turned table cards for boho desert weddings, marble place cards for modern weddings, etc. You get the idea. :)
1. Hand-lettered sea glass place cards
2. Agate place cards
3. Terra cotta place cards
4. Marble place cards
Handwritten in lovely gold ink. By Letters From Eden.
5. Agate / geode handwritten place cards
6. Leaf place card
7. Handwritten paper place cards
8. Handwritten tent cards
9. Watercolor place cards
10. Sheer vellum place cards
11. Pumpkin place card
12. Driftwood place cards
By Rachel Carl.
13. Himalayan pink salt shot glass place cards
A fun idea! By XOArtAndDesign.
14. Capiz shell handwritten place cards
15. Rustic lavender place cards
16. Magnolia leaf handwritten place cards
17. Acrylic handwritten place cards
18. Oyster shell place cards
By Rachel Carl.
19. Handwritten place cards with wax seasls
20. Quartz place cards with handwritten names
So, what do you think? Are you handwriting your own place cards or getting someone to provide handwritten cards for your wedding? Tell us in the comment box below! P.S. Thanks to Tara for submitting her question! :)