Have you numbered your tables and need to designate which is which? Or maybe you are having a buffet of appetizers, a sweets or candy buffet or the main meal is served buffet style so you want to identify the different food offerings. Or you want to designate a guestbook or gift table, display photos in a unique manner -- whatever the reason, card holders could be the answer.
What kind of holders are available?
There are literally hundreds or more card holders on the market. Themed holders, colored holders, unique shapes and so on -- you could probably find something that would go along with your theme or decor scheme with a little research on the internet. Below are a few examples:
The "Harp" or "Lyre" holder is a traditional style used at many receptions and events. They are affordable and can be bought by the dozen which is nice if you are using them as place card holders at a table (one for each guest) and could be resold on sites like eBay or Etsy after your event.
Another traditional style holder available is the tall holder with the ring clip at the top. They are usually available in 8", 10" 12" and 15" sizes. They are pricey and used most often as a tumble number or name holder so you only need 1 per guest table.
They are sturdy and have a heavy base so they won't topple over and made of chrome metal.
There are a host of themed holders available as well --everything from a beach themed wedding to another culture or time period. Here are a few:
These "branch style holders are newer in the industry and are perfect for a variety of themes. You can use them as they are for a more modern, chic style wedding or combine them with some ivy or moss on the base for a more rustic or country type theme. Branches are very popular to use in decor schemes so this style would fit right in.
Some of the smaller holders can be used for place cards and double as a favor for your guests. For themes like New Orleans or Mardi Gras, Paris, Travel, Beach, Asian and Music -- check out these holders:
Another way you can go is to make your own holders. Using crafters thick wire or cloth covered radio wire, you can twist and turn to create your own holders. Martha Stewart Weddings has a short how to article called Wire Card Holders that you can get instructions.
You can also use ornaments, corks, wood, picture frames, fruits and a host of other ideas to make your own unique card holders.
Hope your imagination has been jump started! Good luck,