There are a few things to consider when choosing place cards vs. escort cards.
The first thing to consider is how you want to list your seating assignments. The choices are seating chart, or escort card display. When making this decision you’ll want to consider your venue, and how things will be set up. Another consideration is how your place cards will look in light of your other wedding stationery (invitation design, ceremony programs, signage etc.). You’ll want your place cards to blend seamlessly with your overall style.
Think about what kind of place card holders you will need, if any. This is especially important if you are having an outdoor reception. You don’t want your cards blowing away in the Nebraska wind! Outdoor receptions area a great reason to consider using alternative place card materials. Marble tile place cards are one way to avoid the need for holders. They aren’t going anywhere!
If you are having a seating chart, then you will want to use place cards. Place cards sit on the table at each guest’s place setting. They often have first names only, unless you have more than one person with the same name at the same table. A formal wedding will use guest’s title, first and last names on the card. Place cards can take a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Folded and flat cards are two of the most popular options. Place card holders are often used for the flat cards. Folded card stand alone and don’t need a holder. Your place cards can also serve as favor gift tags. Attach the place cards to mini champagne bottles or to a small box of treats. These options are always a hit with wedding guests!
If you’ve chosen not to have a seating chart, then you will need an escort card display or table. This is where your guests will find their seating assignments. Escort cards include first and last names, as well as the table number. If your wedding is formal, you will also include titles. Sometimes they will include the guest’s entree choice. Your guests will bring their escort cards to their table to save their seat. Escort cards with wax seal numbers are a perfect way to add elegant detail to your wedding reception.
As always, I’m happy to help you decide between place cards vs. escort cards. If you’re ready to get started, get in touch with me today!