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Expert Advice from wedding guru, Sharon Naylor


Sharon Naylor

Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding planning books and a frequent guest expert on Get Married with Colin Cowie, Good Morning America, and other top shows. Recently featured in such magazines as Martha Stewart Wedding, InStyle Weddings, Brides, Modern Bride and Southern Bride, she is the iVillage Weddings expert and host of "Here Come the Moms" at Wedding Podcast Network.

She lives in Morristown NJ with her husband Joe, and loved using Wedding Mapper for her own April '08 wedding.


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Hi Sharon! I am at a stop right now with the seating arrangement section. I have the seating already assigned that is good. The part of letting my guest know where are to be seated is what is driving me a lil' crazy. @ the entrance of the banquet hall I am going to have 2 tables. Suggestions, as to how to display the name placement cards? Thank u!!!


Great question! Place cards have gotten way more creative now.

You could do the traditional name cards that are just folded 'tent' cards with guests names written on them (as in 'Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Smith') and arrange these alphabetically. Since you have two tables, why not arrange those with a clearly visible sign saying 'A - J' and 'K - Z'? That will let guests see from a distance that they can easily go to the table they need.

You can also get cute little $1 placecard holders at the craft store, such as a starfish or a heart or anything else that fits your theme, and have each placecard attached to those.

I attended a wedding that had long planters filled with real grass, and the name cards were stuck into that for a natural, outdoorsy look.

I'm also seeing placecard boards arranged, with Table Numbers and the names of the people sitting at each table. For example,

Table 2
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jones
Mr. & Mrs. John Anderson
Miss Emily Anderson
Miss Julia Anderson
Miss Sarah Anderson

And so on. There's no placecard for them to take. They just see which table they're at, and they go there. The boards are very pretty, using cloth-covered corkboards from the office supply store, decorated in the wedding colors.

If you need some additional ideas, just let me know! If you do a Google search on 'wedding placecards' you'll see some great ideas there, and of course bridal websites have lots of placecards and placecard holders for sale.


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