Creative, DIY-style weddings have really exploded in the past few years. The weddings featured on blogs and in magazines have so many handmade, quirky details you might wonder if there's some sort of "Best DIY" prize in the offing. But if you ignore the competitive vibe and just focus on things that you love, there are great ideas to be found for your own celebration.
When I'm at a wedding (or let's be honest, on one of those aforementioned wedding blogs), one of my favorite details to check out is the seating assignment: these days, there are so many creative and beautiful ways to direct guests to their seats. From punchy graphic posters to personalized props which hint at a theme, here are 15 of our favorites from around the web:
- The way the light filters through this seating plan, written on a pair of old glass doors, works beautifully in the setting. From Archive Rentals.
- If you have room at your reception venue, consider hanging assignment cards like in this display, found on Style Me Pretty. The same as cards laid on a table in theory, but more interesting for guests to explore.
- This wedding featured Liberty print fabrics galore, and the seating chart is a simple vintage-frame-and-easel display. From Wedding Chicks.
- Beautifully displayed on an old wooden door, this chart requires guests to open a small envelope to discover their table. From Style Me Pretty.
- Guests' names can be stuck into just about anything that goes with the wedding "theme", as this farm-to-table display, from Style Me Pretty, proves.
- This modern, graphic approach is fun and CMYK-inspired, for a design-savvy couple. From Rock N Roll Bride.
- This colorful seating chart, found on Behance, looks fresh beside so many rustic and vintage-style ideas. Each table name means something to the couple, and an explanation is included on a separate poster.
- As a Londoner, I'm particularly taken with this intricate tube map plan. Each color-coded "tube line" is a table, and guests' names are the stops! From Gemma Milly.
- These brightly-colored paper cranes, found at Junebug Weddings, double as mementos for guests to take home.
- A Scottish country wedding uses potted thistles to organize quests by table for an elegant and simple idea. From Inspring Pretty.
- This is cute, from Snippet & Ink: a school-themed wedding had guests' names attached to pencils, organized alphabetically and sorted into tables by "grade".
- This clothespin plan from Brooklyn Bride is simple, uses cheap materials and can be adapted to suit any color scheme.
- Using photos of your guests is a great way to make things personal. This seating plan, found at Wedding Party, had guests take away their name cards, and replace them with a Polaroid photo of themselves for the couple to keep afterward.
- Here's another cute photo idea: this couple used Facebook and Instagram to gather funny photos of all their guests, then printed them to use as place-markers. From Design Indulgences.
- For a photography-loving couple, this is a cute way to use old film canisters. From Style Me Pretty.
(Images: As linked above.)