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Place cards, escort cards, or seating chart?

Rebecca, on November 10, 2018 at 2:05 PM Posted in Style and Décor 0 15
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How will your guests find their seats? Will you have place cards at each individual setting on your table? Escort cards telling your guest which table they’re at? A seating chart showing your guests to location their table number and allowing them pick their place setting? Or will you have a mix?

Which seating arrangement are you going with - place cards, escort cards, or a seating chart?

Place cards?

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Photo by LiliWeds in PR

Escort cards?

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Photo from Shannon and Steve's Wedding in Laguna Beach, California

Or a seating chart?

Place cards, escort cards, or seating chart? 3

Photo from Amanda and Kenny's Wedding in Temecula, California

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    We did escort cards
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  • Taylor
    Devoted May 2019
    Taylor ·
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    I made escort cards with skeleton keys attached and a sign with them that says "The Key to Your Seat" Smiley smile super fun and easy DIY!

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  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·
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    Technically place cards do not go alone. They go with either an escort card or seating chart. People need to know what table to look for their place card. We used customized ornaments with each guest's name as their "escort card" and also used place cards since we assigned seats for everyone.

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  • M
    Super November 2019
    Melissa ·
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    I'm planning to have a seating chart. And if budget allows, place cards so guests that didnt RSVP cant just take someone's spot like they did at my friend's wedding.
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  • Mrs. Sarantos
    Master November 2019
    Mrs. Sarantos ·
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    I’m having a seating chart so they know what table they’re at and then when they get there the cards will be laid out. I don’t think my family can handle a free for all...they get petty and need assigned seats.
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  • OnCloudRawls
    VIP June 2019
    OnCloudRawls ·
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    We're doing escort cards.

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  • Sara
    Expert October 2019
    Sara ·
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    I’m letting my guest sit anywhere. With us getting married, our family is joining. I want everyone to feel like one big happy family. I do know that my side of the family will be petty because they aren’t getting their way for our wedding.
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  • Stephanie
    Super August 2019
    Stephanie ·
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    We aren’t assigning seats or tables! Almost all of our guest list is super close, family and friends alike, and we are having a more laid back outdoor wedding, so I think they can figure it out.
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  • Future Mrs.Mistretta
    Savvy March 2019
    Future Mrs.Mistretta ·
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    We are not assigning seats or sides. We are joining families together and having close friends we don't want to go through the headache of having to figure out where to sit every single person. I think some grown adults can sit and enjoy the day together Smiley laugh

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  • Rebecca
    Master October 2025
    Rebecca ·
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    I went to a wedding that did the same and it was awesome! It was like one big family - everybody got to know each other!

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  • Pamela
    Devoted January 2019
    Pamela ·
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    We are doing custom wine glasses as escort cards, the glass will have the guest name on the goblet and the table assignment on the base. Seat assignments will be printed on top of their menus. I'm thinking of doing table names rather than numbers, table names will be cities or areas from where our guests traveled from since we are doing DW. This way no one feels slighted at the fact that they are at a "low" table #.

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  • Mrs. Dujmovic
    Devoted July 2019
    Mrs. Dujmovic ·
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    We're going to get old glass windows and write the names on the panes of glass. Each pane will represent one table.

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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
    Jayla ·
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    I really like the idea of doing escort cards! I saw this one photo and loved the's so chic and classy!!

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  • C
    Dedicated August 2019
    Christina ·
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    I'm thinking about doing a seating chart. Once we get the rsvps back, we'll work on that. We were going to let eveyone choose their seats but we want everyone to mingle and get to know each other.
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  • Aly
    Just Said Yes June 2020
    Aly ·
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    I'm still not sure what to do. Our families are from 2 different backgrounds and have never really met. My family is from Texas (deep south/border town) and my fiance family is from Mississippi. So we kind of wondering which way to comfortably approach the issue. To do seating arrangements or not....

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