I hate going to a wedding and not knowing people or how they're related. So when I saw this photo of a wedding, I knew I was on to something.
I dug our ancient Badge-A-Minit out of storage. I couldn't believe they were still in business! Thankfully they were, and I was able to order buttons and plastic covers.
So the buttons would coordinate, I printed off pages of seating cards from our print-at-home invitation set. Then I ran them back through the printer and printed the names on them. Relatives got special treatment, like "Aunt Cathy" and "Cousin Brianna". I assembled the buttons during some down time on a weekend trip to the mountains.
Then I printed seating cards on cardstock, this time with the table name. Having the table names separate from the guest names meant that I could match them up mere days before the wedding, if the seating chart was still changing.
My Mom's family (thank you guys!!!) did the last-minute matching, applying the buttons to the seating cards.
They were laid on a table at the entrance to the reception.
I couldn't believe how many people wore them, but I think it helped the families mesh a little better and get to know each other!