Post # 1
So I’ve been given a one month deadline to decide on my seating chart/escort cards and I’m looking for some inspiration. (If I don’t think of anything we’re just ordering the boring old fashioned ones that match our invites)
Originally we were going to get glasses with the guests names engraved, put a mixing straw with a little table number flag and put out some punch bowls for right after the ceremony to avoid lines at the bar right away… but I’ve nixed that idea, mainly for cost and honesty most of those little glasses would end up in the trash after the wedding…
So what are some great seating plan/escort card ideas you’ve seen? Do you have any ideas for me?
Post # 3
@dv3849: So our escort cards weren’t anything special, but I really liked our DIY seating chart.
ETA: It only cost us about $26 to do this. I just printed regular place cards and put them next to it so guests could “claim” a seat.
Post # 4
I’m partial to mine of course! Do you have a wedding theme that you can tie in?
Here are mine (too lazy to upload the pro pic, sorry! lol)
Post # 5
our theme is sparkly and our colours are pinks, whites, gold, silver and anything that sparkles. lol id say were going for a more elegant, crisp and modern look than traditional, rustic, or casual. Those are both stunning! I would definately do something similar if it tied in with our theme!
Here are some that i like so far:
nixing the whole seating chart/escort cards and putting the seating arrangement in the programs… Seems logical and cost effective.
This one is just stunning. I dont know how practical it is though. My neck hurts just looking at it!
Escort cake pops:
escort wine/champagne bottles.
Post # 6
Some ideas I have seen around that I really like are
Acrylic place cards like these:
Or one of these Zazzle seating charts:
I’m doing a winter wedding, but they have a bunch of other themes.
Post # 7
@dv3849: I think our cards will be pretty standard – I will print names on cardstock along with a design to match the invites and a dove. The dove is only because a friend of ours keeps trying to get us to release doves at the end (NO!) or incorporated in someway so, well, there you go, Friend. 🙂 He even went so far as to research the best dove company. lol
But for table assignments, I’m printing it out on several sheets of regular 8.5×11 paper and framing them (so one will be A-D, another E-H, etc.) and mixing them in with framed engagement photos. I kind of wanted to do wedding photos of parents and family instead but his parents are divorced and only his dad is remarried so that could turn out awkward…
I just need to see about getting boxes or something to go under the table cloth so I can vary the height of everything – along with using different sized frames of course.
Post # 8
I’m not sure if I’m going to do it yet, but I found these little chocolate filled liquor bottles that I’m considering using at the escort cards.
Attatch a cute little sign with name & table.. and it’s done!
Post # 9
We are doing a map with airmail envelopes.
Post # 10
We did the champagne bottle thing. 🙂
Post # 11
we did pics of our guests.
i had my ceremony and reception at the same location. i had a large screen/backdrop with our logos on it. when the guests arrived, i had my sister take a picture of each couple or family together infront of the backdrop. think celeb red carpet event idea.
right after the ceremony, while the guests were mingling at cocktail hour, my sister printed off all of the pics and put them in their individual holder. the holders had the names and table numbers. they were arranged on a table just as you walk into the dinner. your escort card was easy to identify b/c you just had to look for your picture.
it was perfect and the guests loved it. i had never seen it done before.
Post # 14
I’m commenting to follow too – I love these ideas and have no clue what to do for ours!