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:
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.