Many destination weddings are on the more relaxed side…nothing to formal, kick off your shoes and feel the sand in your toes type of affairs….however, a small gathering in the islands can sometimes turn into a much bigger than anticipated guest list. If you’re having a reception, either formal or not, I really recommend assigned seating. Guests show up to a reception and immediately wonder where they are supposed to sit. Giving them an assigned seat helps eliminate any awkward scramble for seats. I remember going to a wedding with my then-boyfriend (now hubby) when we had only been dating about 6 months. There was no assigned seating at the reception and there must have been 300 people there. We grabbed what seats we could find and turned out, we were in a back corner with the bride!! I hardly knew the girl and felt so awkward sitting at her table. Turned out she really didn’t have a table though – she was just sitting when and where she could to grab a bite, say hello, rest her feet, etc.

So I am a big fan of assigned seats or tables. But 95% of our weddings are open to the outdoors and those little tented place cards just don’t stand a chance to even a gentle breeze. I was shopping around this morning to show a bride an idea I had for her place cards. She is doing more with a silver & bling look, but I couldn’t help but notice all the fun tropical, island inspired place card holders. What I love about these is the fact that they keep the place card from flying away, the double a favor for your guests PLUS they add an extra element of fun to the table – either additional décor or just some whimsy. Check out my favorites:

anchor place card holders
coral place card holders
folding beach chair place card holder
nautical rope place card holder
palm place card holder
pineapple place card holders
seashell place card holders
starfish placecard holder

I found all of these great pieces on Beau Coup. They didn’t ask me to write this article or compensate me in any way. I just really love their site! Check back in a few days and I promise to put up a post with some pictures of my favorite favors.