What the heck is an escort card?

You may have heard the term escort card or place card in reference to seating your guests at your reception. They must be the same thing right? Nope! Let me explain.


Escort Card

What is this?
An escort card lets your guests know the table at which they are seated.

Do I need it?
You need these if you would like to assign guests to specific tables at the reception. This is a more casual seating arrangement that still provides guests a little bit of direction on where to sit so you don’t have the chaos of every guest trying to choose a table and a seat at the same time! It is also a great way to seat groups of people together and position certain tables together to allow for the best and most comfortable atmosphere during your reception.

Where do I put them?
Generally escort cards are placed on a table or some type of display during the cocktail hour so guests can pick them up as they mingle. They can also be displayed right as guests are walking into the reception space (but this tends to cause a traffic jam to get in, so we usually prefer the cocktail hour option).

Photo: Christine Johnson

Photo: Christine Johnson

Photo: Christine Johnson

Photo: Christine Johnson

Do they have to be cards?
No way!! This is your time to be creative and show your personal style. We’ve seen mini alcohol bottles, names written on window panes, baseballs, maracas, and paper airplanes all used as escort cards. The sky’s the limit!

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Photo: Christine Johnson

Photo: Christine Johnson


Place Card

What is this?
Once your guests have arrived at their assigned table, a place card lets your guests know exactly which seat to sit in.

Photo: Christine Johnson

Photo: Christine Johnson

Do I need it?
You need these if you would like guests sitting in a specific spot at a specific table. This is a more formal seating arrangement. Place cards are also used to indicate to the catering staff what meal choice a guest is having if you are serving a plated dinner.

Where do I put them?
Place cards are put on or near the place settings of each individual seat at the table.

Photo: ModWed

Photo: ModWed

Photo: Jen Hoffman Photo

Photo: Jen Hoffman Photo

Do they have to be cards?
Nope! It does help if the item is small, as there are a lot of plates, glasses, centerpieces, and other things on the table.

Photo: James Barnett

Photo: James Barnett

Photo: James Barnett

Photo: James Barnett


Now you are in the know! Easy, right?!

 

With all that Life has to offer,

Rebecca

Life Design Events // Event Producer // Phoenix