Are escort cards out of style?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I went with an engagement photo poster board on an easel for my seating chart.  I felt that it would be less of a hassle (for me). 

Post # 3
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

andielle :  I think it depends on if guests are selecting an option for the meal ahead of time, and then you can indicate on the card. If everyone is getting the same main course, you can get away with doing the seating chart and not the cards. I have noticed more of a trend with the seating chart – less things to hold on to at cocktail hour and you can be more creative.

Post # 4
47208 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

One advantage of escort cards is that they don’t have to be done at the last minute.

You can do a seating chart by table rather than just listing the names alphabetically if you would prefer a seating chart. It does take a bit longer for your guests to find their name/table though.

Post # 5
470 posts
Helper bee

I had to have them to specify which meal option my guest was receiving. 

Post # 6
4037 posts
Honey bee

We went to a wedding, with a big chart. There was a big backlog of guests, trying to search for their names. It was listed by table, not alphabetically. I started by looking at table 1. Of course, we ended up on the 2nd table from the last, so it took awhile.

I printed my daughter’s escort cards (bought at a party store), on my computer, with a fancy font. Four guests dropped out, the week before, so I was glad I could wait until a couple of days before the wedding, to print them out. They were pretty inexpensive, too. They also had to mark which one of three entrees, the guest had chosen.

Post # 7
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We did a seating chart and then there were placecards on each table, telling everyone which seat was theirs. Not sure if it’s a cultural thing or not, but I’d never even really heard of escort cards before joining the Bee (I’m Australian) – every wedding I have ever attended has had a seating chart.

We had our ceremony and reception in the same place, so our seating chart was on display before the ceremony even started and then during cocktail hour – people had plenty of time to find where they were sitting.

Post # 8
576 posts
Busy bee

2XMOB :  I’m surprised the comma button hasn’t worn out on your computer yet :p 

Post # 9
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

andielle :  We had them, and our escort card table actually turned out to be one of my favorite decor features! I feel like seating charts can be a little overwhelming and hard to navigate – especially when they’re not organized well or the writing is small.


Post # 11
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

90% of the weddings I’ve attended have had escort cards. I think seating charts are less convenient for the guests. It can be hard to find your name, and sometimes you can forget which number table you’re at on your way there… 

Post # 12
3521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

andielle :  I don’t think it’s a style thing so much as a function thing. Seating charts work well for smaller weddings. Once you have more than about 50 people, it becomes a bit of a cluster as it’s hard to find your name on a chart when you have to look through a dozen tables to do so. (Escort cards, on the other hand, are often lined up alphabetically so it’s easy to locate your card). You just wind up with a traffic jam at the seating chart of people trying to find their table when you have a lot. 

So if you have a small wedding, go for a seating chart. But for a medium to large wedding, escort cards are a must (if you care about logistics at all)

Post # 13
625 posts
Busy bee

andielle :  They’re not out of style where I live. In fact, they’re still the norm here. However, do what you want. If it seems out of style to some guests, the worst they’ll think is “cool,  a vintage vibe.” Good luck!! 

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