Does any one have any suggestions on where to get place cards printed in short notice in the Ottawa area? I won’t be able to have them done until I have everyone’s meal selections and that only give me about 3 weeks until the wedding assuming I get rsvps back in time.
As others have said either vistaprint or Staples would be very quick to get you your name cards quickly. The suggestions with the rhinestones work, or you can also buy three stamps (carrot for vegetarian, cow for beef, fish for fish, or chicken for chicken) based on your meals and just stamp them so the serving staff know who gets what.
A big welcome to a fellow Ottawa bride! Not sure if they do place cards but there's a printing place on Bank - Printing Shark (I've never used them but have passed by them a few times and they seem to do good business).
Also, just an idea but for my girlfriends wedding she had the placecards printed in advance (possibly through Vistaprint) and then to distinguish the different types of meals we put a different colour rhinestone at the top (Blue for chicken, purple for beef, white for fish) and then made a little legend card for the kitchen so they knew in advance what each stood for. You could do this with any type of sticker, ribbon etc. Maybe get them priced through the printer and check how much it would be on vistaprint - it may be cheaper to do them this way and they usually ship pretty quickly
My friend had place cards printed and then just printed labels off her computer with the meal selection. She didn't want to leave everything until the last minute, so decided to do it this way. She just made sure the white label would match with what she had designed for the place cards. She did print off more place cards than she needed though.