Escort Cards Versus Place Cards and Other Seating Items
Category: Make Your Wedding Easier | Published on: August 7, 2016
You’re done with the big stuff. Venue, done. Photographer, done. Catering, done. Now it’s on to the nitty-gritty details of your wedding day, including all the little bits of paper you’ll need for your reception seating. So what *do* you need, exactly? What's the difference between escort cards versus place cards? Seating charts? Table numbers?
Escort cards are usually used without a seating chart. Instead of one large sign, escort cards have the guest’s name along with which table they’re assigned to. The cards are displayed near the entrance, sometimes on a table and sometimes in a hanging display. Guests take their escort card to their seat with them.
Place cards are used when guests have been assigned a specific seat on a seating chart, and only include the guest’s name. They are included in the place setting, such as on the table or tied around the napkin.
There’s a couple ways to assign seating. By table means that you’ve assigned guests a table to sit at, but don’t care which seat they take. You could also assign individual seats if you want to make sure certain guests sit next to each other (or very far apart from each other).
The seating chart takes the form of a big sign near the entrance (like the escort cards would be). While you’ll see a lot of seating charts that list guests by table, you really should have your seating chart done alphabetically so guests can find themselves more quickly.
If you’re assigning tables, you need some way of naming the tables! The traditional way is to simply number them, but don’t let the name “table numbers” fool you. You can name them after movie characters, geographic locations, anything you want.
It’s up to you how you design your seating plan (or choose to do open seating) but make sure there’s plenty of signage so your guests know what to do!
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