From Boring to Bold: 5 Ways to Up-Style a Simple Printed Seating Chart

It's really easy to get carried away in the world of wedding escort cards. You might leave your computer at the end of a Pinterest binge thinking to yourself, "I absolutely have to personally craft 200 dip-painted succulents and tie my guests' names to them with hand-spun twine threaded with 14-karat gold." But, no, you definitely don't. A simple seating chart–the kind where everyone's name and table number are listed together on one big display–can be just as lovely.

Above, Stationers Lupa & Pepi created a modern and colorful seating chart display for this California wedding featured on Ruffled. Papers printed with each table's guests were cut out into irregular shapes and hung from a frame covered in greenery.

The two photos above show two different applications of the same idea: Fasten your table's seating lists to a big piece of wood. The first, from a Cape Cod wedding on Wedding Chicks, features individual charts pinned up on a weathered, rustic board. The second, from an Australian warehouse wedding on Green Wedding Shoes, shows just how chic a big print out on plywood can look when you dress it up with a custom graphic and a modern sprig of greenery.

For this Atlanta wedding from Ruffled, the bride and groom put together this seating board themselves, with lots of smaller, mismatched frames displaying seating assignments printed on butcher paper.

This window pane seating chart project from Martha Stewart starts as a simple print out, bit the guests' names and table numbers are easily transferred to the glass of the window by tracing over them with a water-based paint marker.

And if you want to keep it really simple? A hand-written seating chart is the ultimate in laid-back wedding style. This couple, from a quirky Maryland wedding on Wedding Chicks, wrote their guests' table assignments onto lacy doilies and fastened them to a frame fitted with pretty paper.

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(Image credits: Bonnie Tsang; Evangeline Lane; Dan O'Day; Jason Hales Photography; Martha Stewart Weddings; Sarah Murray Photography)