(Closed) Does Everyone Get Their Own Place Card?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4996 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

It’s possible for everyone to have their own cards. The only thing I would worry about is if you know the first and last names of everyone’s guest. 

Post # 6
8375 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Escort cards and place cards are two different items and serve two different purposes. Some hosts choose to have both. Couples’ names should be listed together on an escort card, while place cards should reflect one per guest. Since you are intending for each person to have have his or her own beverage, each item should have the name of one guest.

Post # 7
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Love that idea! I think it is totally fine to give each person their own place card in that case.

Post # 9
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think each guest should have his or her own card.  There’s a chance a couple won’t enter the reception area together, especially if they already know other people there they might be talking to or if they make new friends quickly, so that way each person can just get his or her own card.

Post # 11
1781 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Each person should have their own place card.  In theory, when sending back the RSVPs, the invited person should give the name of their +1.  In practice, you’ll probably be sending some emails to find out.  There are some potential logistical issues with your plan though.  #1 – they’re in an ice chest.  Ice melts, bottles settle as others are removed.  So you’ll likely end up with a lot of soaked and possibly falling apart/unreadable tags.  #2 – One ice chest, how many people?  Even 50 people crowded around one ice chest trying to find their cards can be chaotic.  #3 – If the tags get tangled or pulled off the wrong bottles, you’re going to have a bigger wait while people try to figure out where their bottle is. 

Potential fixes:

Normal place cards on a table, and the beers on each table in an ice bucket.  You can still put the name tags on them, and it’ll be cute.  Plus if one falls off, it’s easier for 8-10 people to sort it out rather than 100. 

Multiple ice chests.  Make a pretty sign and let people know it’s sorted by last name.  You’ll still get bottlenecks around the ice chests, but splitting it up can make it easier.

Note: If you’re having plated dinner service, your venue may require place cards so they can ID who gets what meal.  If multiple guests are without cards, the kitchen will not be happy and your guests may not get the meal they requested.

Post # 13
9987 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We did “Mr. and Mrs” for all the married couples, and unmarried couples had separate cards.

Post # 14
1781 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Dinner sounds tasty!  Laminating the cards is a great idea, and I think as long as the building is air conditioned (or at least not 90 degrees) overchilling the beer should keep it cold enough for guests to enjoy.

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