Did you know that there is a difference between escort cards and place cards? Escort cards escort guests to a specific table number whereas place cards assign guests to a specific seat at a table. They can be as simple as a folded piece of cardstock with their names written on it or as creative as a mason jar, piece of fruit or succulent. Often times, they can double as favors for your guests too!
So, will you give your guests their own piece of reception real estate? Let us know in the poll below.
Escort cards can be a great way to show off your creativity – there are so many fresh and fun ideas to choose from, no matter what your style. Check out some of our favorite escort card ideas:
Modern: Laser-cut stationery is a total trend these days, so we are obviously loving these escort cards by Red Tree Creations – the pop-up number adds a sense of whimsy. These cards would look just right at a contemporary wedding space, like a loft.
Natural: Potted plants serve double duty as both a favor and an escort card. A hardy plant, like a succulent, will serve as a long-lasting reminder of your wedding for your guests – plus make a pretty addition to their homes.
Easy and Eco-Friendly: Instead of using a ton of paper to give an escort card to each guest or couple, why not create a board that features all the table assignments in one place? Aside from being easy to create, it eliminates the “I lost my escort card” confusion at the start of the reception.
Beachy Cool: The whole escort-card-hanging-on-clotheslines trend? Been there, seen that. But if you’re still into the clothespin thing, consider unique places to hang your cards – like a weathered ladder, which looked just right at a recent destination wedding.
Shabby Chic: If you’re planning on creating an escort card/favor combo, make sure that the favor is something your guests will actually use. We think these pretty painted coasters are both functional and sweet.
Nostalgic: Remember cootie catchers from elementary school? They make super-cute escort cards, too! We guarantee your guests will squeal with delight when they see these.
A wedding in June is typically going to be very warm so we knew we wanted a nice, refreshing touch when our guests came into our reception venue. Plus they needed to know what table they were sitting at. So why not combine the two? That’s exactly what we did. It took quite a bit of work but turned out to be one of the most talked about things of the night! Our guests had some delicious lemonade as they took their seats. Here is the finished product:
Photo credit: BH Photography
Didn’t they turn out cute?! Here are the steps that I took to make them:
1. Find bottles! I searched everywhere. Trust me. I ended up at a local wholesale glass shop and bought 200 Tabasco bottles. They were only a quarter a piece so it worked out perfect!
2. We worked out with our caterer to have them fill and place them for our guests (and we provided them with funnels to fill them since the opening on the top was a bit small!)
3. I found some fun straws on Etsy in any color you could pretty much want!
4. I went to Michaels and bought a paper puncher in the shape of that little scalloped circle along with plenty of coral colored card stock and some string.
5. The hardest part was punching out 200 of them, writing everyone’s name and table number, punching holes in them (we used nails), and stringing them on the bottles.
If you’re hosting a beach wedding, you have lots of options for sea-themed decor motifs – anchors, sailboats, seashells, fish, and yes, starfish, just to name a few. We think starfish just scream “summer,” while feeling natural and whimsical at the same time. Check out a few of our favorite starfish escort cards, and even more beach-themed escort cards here.
Chalkboards can add a quirky touch to your wedding day and as an added bonus, they save on paper waste by replacing paper menus, place cards, seating charts, drink lists and parking directions! To beautify a simple piece of slate, you can find a rustic wooden frame or create a border with ribbons, paint and other craft supplies. If you are having a summer beach wedding, you can collect sea glass and create a beautiful mosaic border around the slate to match your beachy theme and color scheme!
Printed paper wedding programs may be saved by your mother and grandmother as a memento, but the majority of your guests will end up throwing the program away or leaving the paper behind at the wedding reception. Reserve a few fancy paper printouts on recycled paper for mom and dad. Ask if the programs can be printed using soy and vegetable inks. Use a chalkboard for your wedding program for the rest of your guests to look at and enjoy. This will help make your wedding greener while saving you money.