I don’t know why I thought finding a free template for place cards for the wedding would be a good idea.
You’d think I’d have learned after the DIY invitation fiasco.
But I didn’t.
I spent way too much time online trying to find a decent template in the right colors that looked fancy enough for our trying-to-be-fancy-even-though-we’re-not wedding.
Eventually I got sick of it.
I decided to make my own.
From start to finish I was done in ten minutes. It was so easy I don’t know why I didn’t think to do it before.
Open up Microsoft Word.
Select “Create a New Document,” and search for “Place Cards” in the template search.
Select “Clouds design, fold-over style, 4 per page.”
Select the background.
Select the background on each of the four place cards and delete. Under “TABLE TOOLS” select the DESIGN tab. Under that tab to the right you will see all the border options. Click on the arrow in the drop down box that says “No Border.” Select some type of dashed or dotted line border so you will know where to cut the cards.
Go to PicMonkey.
PicMonkey is super-easy-to-use, online photo editing software.
I have a subscription for work, but you can use the free trial option to access it for free as you edit your wedding templates.
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Once you’re in, select “Create New” and then “Blank Canvas.”
Select “Background Color” under the “Edits” menu.
You will find this menu on the right-hand side of your screen.
Click on the pallette option on the left. There should be an option beneath the colors to click “Transparent.” Select it.
Go down to the Square, Circle, Triangle image on the left.
These are your Graphics.
Pick an appropriate graphic for the border surrounding the name on your place card.
For our wedding, the best options were under the “Scrapbooky” category.
Pick your overlay and put it on the big white box. Resize it to make it kind of big relative to that big white box.
Change your graphic’s color to match your theme.
You can change the color by having it selected, and then clicking on the color you want in the little pop-up box that shows up on the right side of the screen.
Save your image. You’re done with PicMonkey.
Return to the Word place card document.
Go to the INSERT tab, and then click on Picture –you’ll find it towards the left.
Select your PicMonkey image/design from the previous steps. Open and insert it.
Under “PICTURE TOOLS,” click on FORMAT.
In the center right-ish, click on Position, and then click on More Options. Go to the Text Wrapping tab, and select Behind Text. Click OK.
Resize and move your image/border/design thing so that it’s lined up with the names in the center. Remember, these cards will be folded in half.
Now copy the image, and paste it in the other 3 place cards, centering as you go along. The sizing should be identical across all the cards.
Edit your text.
Adjust size and font to your liking. I preferred any font that had “Script” after it for this specific event.
Edit the names to reflect who will be at your event, and print!
Cut. Fold. Done.
All that’s left to do is cut and fold your invites. I definitely used a paper cutter to help with this part of the process.
I hope your big day is absolutely beautiful! Congrats on doing it frugally without sacrificing quality!