(Closed) Are escort cards necessary?

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
138 posts
Blushing bee

Many people with larger semi-formal weddings such as yours use escort cards (which assign guests to a certain table, but not a place at that table). The escort cards are placed in a central area for guests to take to their table with them. Or couples use place cards (which assign guests to both the table and a specific seat at that table.)  These place cards are placed at each guest’s place setting with a chart of some kind to direct people to their table. As a wedding guest, I would not enjoy scambling to get a seat at the same time as 250 other people so I would greatly appreciate the bride and groom who take the time to plan the seating with either place cards or escort cards.

Post # 4
2181 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

With a semi-formal wedding of that size, I would definitely recommend them from what I’ve heard. Personally, I’ve never been to a wedding with escort cards, but I always feel like it’s a mad dash to get a table for everyone!

Post # 6
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

For 250 guests, I think escort cards are a must. Placecards are nice to avoid that awkwardness of everyone standing around a table looking at each other to decide who sits where, but that’s just my opinion.

Post # 7
48 posts

I was at a wedding once that was much smaller than 250 people, and they didn’t assign tables. As a guest, I hated it. There was a huge rush where people were trying to get tables together, saving seats, etc. It was worse that the high school cafeteria! I don’t think you need to assign a specific seat at the table but I would do your guests a favor and assign them to a table.

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