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DIY Seating Chart for Our Wedding

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Vintage Wedding Seating Chart

Our wedding decor was mostly handcrafted with upcycled materials from my own stash. Click through to see the full gallery of all my DIY wedding projects.

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 Above: Sizing up my inventory for a DIY vintage seating chart

Our wedding guest list included 50 of our closest friends and family, and for most of the planning period, I really didn’t think we needed a seating chart. But I created one at the very last minute once inspiration struck.

Our preferred reception location became available thanks to a cancellation, leaving us only three and a half months to plan. Most of my wedding projects were last minute ideas, and not photographed the way I normally show you my tutorials. But I did snap a few pictures of the ideas and thought processes I followed leading up to our big day.

Supplies I used for my DIY Wedding Seating Chart:

  • An empty picture frame (mine was on clearance from Michaels for $10) 
  • Hemp twine (or you can use baker’s twine)
  • Hot glue
  • Floral embellishments (with wire stems)
  • Craft tags
  • Small clothes pins
  • Sharpie Calligraphy pen

I considered a few approaches. One idea was to line the back with burlap, but once the twine was in place, I scrapped that idea and decided to leave it open. Another option was to criss cross larger ribbon across the back…but I settled on bakers twine. It’s all personal preference, so do what you love!

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I know there are more sophisticated ways to secure bakers twine to the back, but hot glue was my saving grace for all of my rushed wedding projects.

How To: I simply cut each piece of baker’s twine, and glued it on the back side of the frame. In my own writing I wrote the names of each individual using a chiseled Sharpie calligraphy pen.  I pushed the floral stems through the hole punches in the craft tags for some added Victorian flair. Then I hung individual tags from the twine, securing it with a small clothes pin.

Not only did I finish the cards in the hotel room the night before but I DIYed the girls’ live floral bouquets, too!

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 Here is a borrowed picture from one of my guests including my hurried handwriting.

DIY seating chart finished

Lessons learned:  Find someone else do to this project so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding :)

DIY Vintage Seating Chart Finished

Upcycling idea: I now use this as a pretty business card holder in my studio :)

Thanks for following along! Feel free to take a look at the gallery of rest of my DIY wedding projects! 

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  1. Love this idea for a wedding chart, Jeanette! So pretty with the mini bouquets attached to each card. <3 Saved to my Weddings board for future ideas, if my daughter ever gets married.

    Happy spring,
    Barb :)

  2. Hello again, Jeanette! I know I left a comment in the last day or two, but… I am SO GLAD you shared this post over at Share Your Style last week as now I can feature it this week at SYS #203!!! I love a good wedding idea and this is perfect for anyone who has one coming up and needs seating ideas.

    Thanks again for a lovely post,
    Barb :)

  3. So pretty! I’ve been seeing this all over blogland! ;-) Pinning to my wedding board! Would love you have you link-up at Homestyle Gathering!