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Design Memorable Place Cards for any Event with Canva

Make guest feel special with a beautifully-designed place card from Canva.

Use place cards to keep any event, dinner or reception organized

Want to make your guests feel more special and at the same time keep your event organized and running smoothly? Place cards are simple but useful especially for big or formal events like dinners, galas, and receptions. Beautifully designed place cards are also a way of adding a thoughtful touch to your event and make guests feel extra-special.

As an organizer or host you’ll want the best for your event but often you might not have the budget to hire a designer. Meanwhile, DIY-ing them can be an intimidating thought for design beginners. With Canva, you get the best option—beautiful designs at a fraction of the price. A library of ready-made, professionally-designed templates gives you a solid start while simple, drag-and-drop design features make customization a breeze.

How to make a place card

  1. Open a new page

    Sign up for Canva using your Google or Facebook account. If you’re already a user, log in and search for the “Place card” design type. Start from scratch with a blank page or choose a template.

  2. Find the perfect template

    Browse place card templates for every theme you can imagine. Use the search tool to filter by color, layout, industry or style. Click on the template you like to add it to your page.

  3. Explore features

    Find what you need in Canva’s library of professional stock photos, images, icons and other graphics. Use the photo effects feature to apply filters and spruce up your images.

  4. Customize your card

    Add a personal touch by uploading your own images, photos or artwork. Choose a unique background, color scheme and font style combination. Mix and match elements from different templates.

  5. Save and print

    Save and share your place cards as JPGs or PNGs. Download as print-ready PDFs and make high-quality prints with Canva Print.

Open a New Place Card Design

Use a Canva template or create your own

Our amazing team of Canva designers has come up with various place card designs and layouts to suit different themes, motifs, and occasions. To start your design, simply pick the best layout that suits your needs or tastes then use the various editing and customization tools to turn it into a design that’s uniquely yours. If you’d rather design from scratch, Canva also allows you to start from a blank template. You can also quickly replicate a page and change the previous name to another one by clicking the ‘Copy page’ button.

Add a texture or background to capture the right theme, look or feel

There are several ways to make sure that your place card design matches your event’s theme or look and feel. Adding a background to your place card design is one of the easiest and quickest way to do this. To add a background, head over to the Background tab in the Canva editor and choose from the selection of images ranging from abstract patterns, textures, and flat lay images available. Can’t find what you need? Use the search bar to find specific photos or graphics. Canva hosts a massive media library filled with more than a million professional quality images for only $1 for each one-time use. You can also upload your own images and use it on your design for free.

Create beautiful typography for your place card design

The way your guests’ names are written is the most important aspect of your place card design. First, the name has to be clear and legible; second, it has to match the theme of your affair. With Canva you get over 130 free fonts to choose from and use. From elegant, script fonts to more formal serif fonts, you can choose a typeface that best suits your place card design.

Print your place cards in stunning resolution

When you’re ready to get your place cards printed, make sure that you save it in the best possible resolution for printing. To download your design, click on the Download button, then choose PDF – Print to create a 300-dpi copy of your design which is professional print quality.


Once you’ve chosen your design and edited your place cards, you can download and print the cards on normal card stock or send them off to a professional printer. Using a place card template will make it easier to get your cards print-ready.

Place cards should include the first and last name of the guest, or simply say “Guest” if the name is unknown. Use formal addresses if appropriate, such as “Mr” and “Ms.” There is no reason to put the name on both sides; one side is enough.

Place cards are typically 2 inches high by 3.5 inches wide, but sizes will vary depending on the paper size and margins of your printer. Pre-cut card templates allow for even more sizes, like 1.75 by 3.75, and can be printed on directly, making the cutting and folding process easier.

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