While not all brides choose to use place cards at their weddings, they are one way to initiate conversation among your guests and help them socialize. If you’re having a larger wedding, place cards are also another way for you to ensure your closest family and friends are seated next to the head table. You can use the place cards to indicate each guest’s meal choice to help the servers know who ordered what. This is appropriate only for sit-down, served meals rather than buffets. You want the place cards to be easy for servers to understand and read.
Use icons to indicate the meal choice. You can put a small fish in the corner of the place card to indicate a seafood dish, a cow to indicate beef, a chicken to indicate poultry or a small carrot to indicate a vegetarian selection.
Write out the entrée selection on the card in the center under the guest’s name. This is simple and straightforward, but can take up a large amount of space on the place card.
Use a letter in the upper corner to indicate entrée selection: C for chicken, F for fish, P for pasta, B for beef and V for vegetarian. Coordinate with the wait staff to be clear about which each means.
If you have two or three selections, use your different wedding colors to represent the different entrees. Do the same with different patterns of borders. For example, use waves for the seafood entrée and flowers are for the vegetarian entrée. Coordinate with the weight staff to make ensure things are clear and that your idea is acceptable with the venue.