(Closed) Place Cards

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Do you mean escort cards?

I think they are necessary, personally, but you will get tons of feedback in both directions. The benefits of assigning tables are that it makes you appear organized, it helps your event flow seamlessly from pre-reception to reception and reduces time waste, you avoid situations in which the last groups to walk in get separated, and you don’t need to spend extra money on having extra seats and tables since guests will not conveniently seat themselves 8 or 10 to a table (whatever your table size). You’ll have 7 at one table and 11 trying to squeeze into another. Plus, you’ll ensure that the people closest to you (parents, dear friends, etc) are seated close to you and not your random cousin you haven’t seen in 14 years or your MIL’s best friends from college.

Post # 4
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Escort cards or placecards?

Escort are the ones that tell the guests what tables to sit at. Placecards are actually the ones that tell the guests what chair they are sitting at, at the table.

Post # 5
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

There are two big arguments for assigning tables.

1) If you have limited seats, you may have guests who are unhappy because they are a party of 2,3 or more, and the tables left only have one open seat at them.  Table assignments make sure that no one has to sit at one table with their SO at another.
2) Caterers can get food to you guests soooooooo much faster if they know that table 1 needs __ chicken___steak____veggie plates.  (I worked as a manager at a catering company and I can promise this really makes a difference.)  Without it servers end up with a couple chicken, a couple whatever wandering around the room trying to figure out who is missing a dish and what dish they are missing. 
If these issues don’t bother you, just noting the meal preference is fine.  Personally I would at least assign tables, but it really depends on your preference and how the people at your wedding will feel. 

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