Some wedding place card ideas include tented cards with the person's name and a watercolor dot under the name with the table number, or a hand drawn card with a uniform design, such as a banner with the person's name across the middle, with the table number printed in a bottom corner. Another idea is to create little circular magnets placed on a large metal surface with the guest's name and table number in the center.
For receptions with a rustic or vintage feel to the decor, one idea is to tie an escort card of any design around the mouth of a mason jar. Another option that also doubles as a party favor is to use small colored or scented candles in jars with a card tied around the rim. Another idea is to use index card sized chalk boards with a handle and hang them on a tree or prop them up on the place setting. An ornate skeleton key tied to a name tag is another good option.
For receptions that are more elegant or worldly, using place cards with a travel theme is a good idea. If each table is named after a cosmopolitan city, such as Paris, London or New York, one idea is to use place cards with a symbol representing each city and the guest's name. Alternately, another idea is to use tags with passport stamps of the city's name somewhere on the tag. Another idea is to use simple luggage tags with two lines for the guest's name and the table number.