How to make your own backstage passes for your VIP wedding crew #Favor DIY#place cards#rock 'n' roll wedding#tutorial June 9 2011 | Guest post by KRiSTEN For our wedding, we decided to name the tables after our favorite bands, and make backstage pass "place cards" for our guests. I had an awesome graphics designer friend make the designs for me. Then my mom, sister, and I did the rest. What you will need: Cardstock Inkjet printer Heat laminator and laminating pouches Hole puncher Lanyards This is the design that my awesome friend made. I was able to change the band name and picture, and change "Name 1," "Name 2," etc, to actual guest name. This is our wedding logo for the back of the passes. It lined up perfectly when it was printed on the back of the sheet. Still, I recommend testing it on cheap paper before trying it on your good paper. Print them on cardstock. Then cut them out. These are the wedding party's passes, un-laminated, front and back. (The wedding party got to choose the band we put on their pass. The guests got whatever band we assigned to them.) Related Post Punch your guests in their eyeballs with awesome pop-up place cards! Anyone can fold a paper in half and call it a place-card. Wanna learn to make cute and quirky pop-up place cards instead!? Whitney Lee... Read more Then laminate them! You can laminate four on one sheet. DO NOT use self-stick laminating sheets, as the results can look cheap. Use a heat laminator, and borrow one if you can. (My mom brought hers home from work.) Make sure you leave enough room above the pass to punch a hole in it. Punch a hole in the top using a regular hole puncher, then attach the lanyard hooks. You can get a lot of lanyards really cheap on eBay. I paid $20 for 100. At the reception, I will hang them from nails in a cork board covered with red fabric, one band on each nail. On the table in front of the cork board, I will put these sheets. In addition to the list of guests who have been assigned to each band table, I put two sentences about each band (copied from Wikipedia, I confess) so our relatives aren't looking at their passes going "Who the f— is Alkaline Trio?" Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by KRiSTEN Kristen is a computer nerd, an amateur seamstress, and a cacti gardener. She and her partner are currently planning a punk/ska-themed wedding in Pennsylvania. http://offbeatbride.ning.com/profile/KRiSTEN7 PREVIOUS Sneak peak of a colorful Las Vegas wedding with Jelly Beans and bowling NEXT Pamela & Danny's music and poetry coffee shop wedding in six acts Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] I am always interested to see what people did for table names. I was told by many people that I couldn't use anything except numbers because people wouldn't be able to find the tables. How silly. I used countries of the European Union (and their flags) and everything went fine. It's a really easy way to add a personal touch. 6 agree Reply We assigned my brother and nephew the task of explaining the table name concept to people who didn't understand it, but I don't think anyone had any trouble. I prefer something neutral like bands names or flags (great idea by the way!), instead of table numbers. Then you don't have people wondering why so-and-so is at Table 3, and they are all the way at the end at Table 8. 4 agree Reply FI and I are planning on doing the same thing. Now we know how we can do it. Thanks for the tutorial. 3 agree Reply We made something very similar as our baby shower favors. They were so fun, unique and "us". 4 agree Reply This is super cute! We're hoping that people will help us out with parking etc at our backyard wedding, and I think we'll use these to make them feel special and show our appreciation for their help. 3 agree Reply What did you put on the tables to label what band it was? 6 agree Reply This is such a great idea. I love the personal touch. 3 agree Reply Have you got any templates as i am far from creative and love this idea!! 3 agree Reply Hi Kristin, love what you did with the rock band theme, I plan on doing the same concept for my daughters Bat Mitzvah party this June. She's having a DJ and karaoke so I'm expanding on the live music theme as well, and trying to do the decorations and centerpieces myself. Are you by any chance able to email the template you used? Thanks, Sharon Reply There is actually a oversized plastic card printer called the Matica EDIsecure DCP360XL. It is designed to print large ID /event cards used for VIP access and security badges. I don't know about cost, but it is a great way to make oversized badges such as backstage passes. http://www.identisys.com/products/product-details/matica-edisecure-dcp360xl-event-card-printer Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.