Whenever you have to organize a formal event, guest seating is a very important aspect to consider. Deciding which table a guest, or group of guests, will take; the composition of table decorations, the colors of said decorations, and other aspects that can turn a perfect occasion into a logistical challenge. 

The use of name cards for designating seating places is a standard practice at these events, and a properly made design lets guests organize themselves without major problems, potentially saving you the troubles of having to usher them yourself, or having to dedicate manpower to that task, instead of more important matters. 

There are several aspects of a card to take into consideration, not just within itself, but as a part of the table and of the event at large. This means that a good card will draw attention on its own without breaking the visual profile of the table. 

The Elements of A Good Design 

Making a good name card is more complex than you would normally consider, considering elements like: 


One of these aspects is, of course, color. The type of event will determine the colors you will use: A wedding will most likely use plenty of white and soft colors, an awards ceremony can use darker colors and golden accents, while fundraisers will have more freedom of choice. 

A plain name card printing on a white table cover will lack visibility, while choosing a vibrant, bright color might clash with that ensemble. Instead, you could choose to add decorative accents to the card, complementing your main colors. A good idea is to use the same colors or elements as the table’s centerpiece, if there is one.