Ellen
Super April 2012

Escort/ Place Cards.... is anyone assigning seats?

Ellen, on January 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 17
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Are you assigning your guest to a specific table, then a specific seat at the table or just the table???

I am trying to figure out how the servers will know which plated entree each guest selected...I cannot stand when they stand saying "beef? did anyone have the beef?"

Would assigning seats be a little too OCD?

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  • FMC
    Master June 2012
    FMC ·
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    I'm having escort cards that will distinguish for the server which entree the guest ordered.

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  • Cydney J (Cydney M)
    Master October 2011
    Cydney J (Cydney M) ·
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    We seated each guest at a table but not at a seat.

    Try adding a sticker or something to the escort card and let the staff know which sticker means which meal each guest gets.

    The pictures below give you an example...sone used ribbon one used flowers with different colors...the bride explained in the one with the flowers that pink meant beef, orange meant salmon and green meant veg (found it on weddingbee)...one used a colored paper attached stating to place it on their plate so the servers know what to bring them




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  • Ashley
    VIP December 2011
    Ashley ·
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    We did just assigned tables.

    Could you put their meal selection on their escort cards? I'd say assigning seats may be a tad OCD, unless you just really want to do all that.

    Also ask your venue how they usually handle it - what they've seen in the past...they may have a few ideas too. Smiley smile

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    We're having 11 guests but I am assigning seats at the dinner table. My family has a wicked habit that drives me insane. They love to play musical chairs. They sit down, change their mind and then have everyone get up and switch again. It happens all. the. time. I like the idea of just sitting where you'd like but you should assign tables. You may also have to talk to the caterer - some places require name cards to have their meal request on it.

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  • Ellen
    Super April 2012
    Ellen ·
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    Here is how I am displaying the cards... so maybe just a stamp in diff colors on back to represent the entree choices?

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  • Mrs. M fka Sami B
    Master June 2012
    Mrs. M fka Sami B ·
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    We are doing assigned tables and a buffet. The weddings I've been to with plated dinners usually have the dish entree chosen by the guest on one side of the reception card (Chicken, beef etc.) and it props up like a tent card so that the waitstaff can see what goes where.

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  • Abby
    Super April 2012
    Abby ·
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    We are assigning tables and seats so that our families are forced to mingle awhile since we grew up in different states it will be their first time interacting.

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  • Abby
    Super April 2012
    Abby ·
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    We are assigning tables and seats so that our families are forced to mingle awhile since we grew up in different states it will be their first time interacting.

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  • Kiesha
    Super September 2012
    Kiesha ·
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    We're assigning tables, but not seats. Then we are color coding the escort cards for each menu item, Blue for beef, Purple for Fish, Silver for Chicken, etc etc. im making extra blank copies of the dish to give to the waitstaff, that way they know for sure which dish is which, and then we are going to give the the number of each meal we need for each table to the waitstaff as well. Like say Table 8 is going ot need 4 beef, 3 fish and 3 chicken..

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  • Nicole
    Master November 2011
    Nicole ·
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    Below is what I came up with. I bought custom shotglasses and filled them with silver candy (doubled as party favor) then made an escort card out of it. I used a purple rhinestone to mark the cards that had the LEAST amount of selections.

    i.e.- only 1/3 of my guests selected the pork option. So i used the sticky rhinestones ONLY on the cards that were to get pork. The servers were instructed to deliver pork to only those people that had a rhinestone.


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  • Ellen
    Super April 2012
    Ellen ·
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    Thanks!!! Next question.... do I make the escort cards per couple or per person?????

    I am trying to upload the pic again.... for whatever reason its being stubborn!


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  • Kayla
    Super July 2012
    Kayla ·
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    We are assigning tables but not seats, I'm not sure who all is married or involved with my FH side so we just choose the tables and let them pick the seats.

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  • Nicole
    Master November 2011
    Nicole ·
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    Per Person. The table is neccesary but the actual seat is not.

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  • Hayley C™
    Master March 2008
    Hayley C™ ·
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    If they are getting meal choices, you would need to have Per person, since they might be getting a different dish than their date.

    Also, you can have little images on the cards, but I don't know if you would like that idea with your display.

    Can you stamp the front... Top right for beef, Bottom left for Chicken? That way the servers won't need to pick up the cards to turn them around, they can just look at the location of the stamp.


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  • Ellen
    Super April 2012
    Ellen ·
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    Awesome... thank you soo much!

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  • Karen
    VIP June 2012
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    I hadnt given this any thought, thanks for bringing this up,now I can address this now,rather than making it one of those last minute "what do I do with this" things! @ Cydney I LOVE the pics you posted, I'm probably going to do one of those, however Ellen I love the birds you have, with my birdseed favors that might be perfect, where/how will you put this? And where did you find that (its beautiful and vintage looking, will fit my venue, Im just not sure where I'd put this)

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  • Ellen
    Super April 2012
    Ellen ·
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    @ Karen.... I found this in the Martha Stewart Wedding issue from either december or January issue (but her way is expensive!)

    Here is what I did!

    - One large piece of foam baord and covered with fabric batting and fabric with birds, then used a string of upholstery brads to wrap around for a finished look

    - Pearl top pins and grey thread that I will use to hang the escort cards from

    - Total cost me about $15! (using coupons from Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics and Amazon)

    I am not positive where it will go, but the men that own my venue space are very creative.... I was thinking on the beautiful easel they have used for large pictures

    Good Luck!

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