Place cards for beach wedding

What do you think would be a cute idea for place cards? I am having a beach wedding, but not shells nor hawaiian... It will be an elegant ceremony, but I don't mind adding some whimsy to the reception too. All I keep finding is shells and little airondack chairs which I find tacky!!! I am open for all suggestions, websites, etc. Thanks!
Posted on August 11, 2007 at 1:14 pm
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well, since your going elegant and it's on a beach, why not do something with pearls?

Are you looking to buy something ready made, or DIY?
Posted on August 11, 2007 at 2:03 pm
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That is a really good idea. And the ironic thing is I am known for always wearing pearls. I am thinking making this a DIY thing since I only need to make 30 of them and most websites you order them from have a high minimum.
Posted on August 11, 2007 at 2:23 pm
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I love the pearl idea. That is truly elegant.

For website with minimums, do you mean to have them printed? You could always higher a calligrapher.
Posted on August 11, 2007 at 3:07 pm
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There are some various options HERE...some more whimsical than others and some more elegant than others...



Here's one I thought might fit your scheme:






This one has a votive candle, which also makes it a nice gift for your guests.







This one is nice too and can be bought HERE:





THESE are classy, yet whimsical:


Posted on August 11, 2007 at 3:13 pm
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I like all of those, but I really want to make these myself. I love the idea for pearls... But how could I do it?
Posted on August 11, 2007 at 3:29 pm
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Maybe you can fashion some sort of card holder with strands of pearl beads epoxied together? You can get strands of pearls (cream, pink, etc.) around Christmastime from Michael's, Target, Walmart and the Dollar Tree...usually in their "Victorian Christmas" displays.

Another idea would be to print your guests names on nice cardstock and glue the pearl beads around the edge or single beads to the center or one corner (one on each side) so that it stands up on the table.
Posted on August 11, 2007 at 4:26 pm
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Maybe you could take a large/wide and not very deep box, cover it with beautiful wrapping paper in your wedding colors, and then trim it with beautiful ribbons (also in your wedding colors). Then fill the box with light-colored sand use the weight of the sand to hold the cards. I saw it on Martha Stewart once in various shades of orange and it looked beautiful.

Also, another thing you could do it get inexpensive buckets, fill with sand, and stick lollipops or some sticks with the cards glued on top.
Posted on August 12, 2007 at 7:48 am
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I like the pearl idea...You mentioned you're not into shells, but what if your place card holders were little oyster shells? Pearls come in oyster shells, right? Maybe your place cards could be propped up in open oyster shells and have a little pearl glued in one corner or something.
Posted on August 13, 2007 at 5:50 am
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Maybe you can try gluing a line of pearls to the bottom of placecards folded in half? I saw this but with stuff that looked like rock candy, and it really makes an impression when they're all lined in a row.

It can be overdone, but maybe place the folded place cards in a big tray filled with white frosted sea glass and those irridescent bead things. It would drastically cut down on DIY time and you can sprinkle them on the table to continue the look.
Posted on August 13, 2007 at 6:17 am
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All these ideas are great. I just need the time to do it now!
Posted on August 13, 2007 at 10:19 am
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i was thinking perhaps of having a tree of some sort and hanging the placecards from the tree branches, so they'd sway in the wind. your florist could make some pomanders to hang/rest on the tree too. =) or you could make some small ornaments to hang from the tree with their names on it?
Posted on August 14, 2007 at 2:05 pm
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Following on the Pearl theme...you could also extend that to your arch, if you're having one. This Hawaiian bride had roses dangling from strings of crystals and hung from her gazebo, but you could do something similar with strings of pearls and your signature flower (orchids or peonies)...would tie the elegant beach chic theme together for you nicely. Here's a pic of the roses hanging from crystal strings:

Posted on August 14, 2007 at 7:53 pm
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Ok I have an idea, I don't know how crafty your are, but if you can pull this off, it will look incredible.

First try to find a pearl bead wholesaler (check eBay. They are very good for wholesale beads). Look for whatever shape pearls you want (coin, round, fresh irregular). If you want you could add some crystal beads for sparkle or pieces of sea glass to the mix by wire wrapping them. Also you will need a spool of thin craft wire.

I'm going to post some photos, because this idea might be hard to explain without any kind of visual....

Imagine a pearl cluster at the base with a business card size tag wedged on top.

Use nice cardstock or thick handmade paper, you could cut the paper yourself and get script stencils (any craft store will have this). Paint the numbers on the cards by hand using the stencil or with a pearlized spray paint.

Now for the tricky part. There are a few ways you could go about this. I personally think the easiest way would be to loosely wrap the wire and pearls around each other until you get the right size and shape (about 3" should be a good size). You'll use fewer beads this way and it will still look very nice. Place the clusters in a tray with sand. The tighter clusters will be harder to make...I would try to make tighter cluster by individually stringing one pearl on a sewing pin (or any thin straight pin), then stick them into something and make a slit on the top for the card to sit in. Try getting precut half Styrofoam balls....fill in spaces and gaps with smaller pearls, crystal beads, or glass beads.

Here is some inspiration...
Hope this helps















Posted on August 15, 2007 at 11:44 am
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I'm sure you already considered that they might blow away if they are not weighted down properly? Have you seen those slim, metallic placecards? They look really slick but of course would have to match your wedding motif for them to be right for you.
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 11:49 am
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I know you said you don't want shells, but pollished shells have a pearlized finish and look very elegant. You could get pearlized half shells; fill with a little raffia, a flower and a card.... Just a thought,I'm not sure if you were aware of these. I'm using them in my wedding =o)

Or you could get single flowers and have the stems wrapped with pretty ribbon and pinned with a pearl cluster or separate pearls. Attach a card and place in a tray with sand...





Posted on August 15, 2007 at 12:04 pm
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Mabe you could get tags like this made up (check etsy, they are pretty inexpensive). Add a couple of pearls to the string at the end of the tag and hang off a small tree..

Or if you want to make them....You could dye the tags with walnut ink or tea bags to age them. Make sure you do this before you stamp and wait untill they are dry. Otherwise the ink will bleed. Buy a stamp or have a custom stamp made, stamp them and if you want a glossy look add a little dimensional glaze. Any craft store would have these tags, or try ebay =)You could even combine this idea with the flower or one of the other projects I suggested. Good Luck!












Posted on August 15, 2007 at 12:32 pm
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Those hang tags would be super easy to make with supplies from Michaels...you can buy the tags in the stamp and paper section and then "age them" with brown stamp pad. You could add your monogram or something to one side and then have the guest name and table assignment on the back. You can hang them from a large manzanita branch secured in a decorative urn or pot (painted perhaps) with plaster of paris and some styrofoam peanuts. We did something similar for a "wish tree" for my grandparent's 50th anniversary and it was a real hit!
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 2:01 pm
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Loridecter that is a great idea, it might be a bit easier and cheaper then a small tree as well. I would get a clear vase, add some twisted sticks, fill it about a quarter of the way with sand, add pearlized shells and maybe some pearls then add water...slowly so you don't kick up the sand. Hang the tags off the sticks and maybe some hanging votive candles. Make sure the candles are placed in something safe so the tags don't light up....you don't want that much sparkle lol








Posted on August 16, 2007 at 1:51 am
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We need to try and find cool oysters! lol
Posted on August 21, 2007 at 8:06 pm

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