(Closed) Escort Card Dilemma

posted 8 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Which escort card option?
    Go with the venue : (4 votes)
    20 %
    Make my own : (16 votes)
    80 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3576 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    When I did a gala event for a previous employer, I did escort cards and I did one for each person.  Not for each couple.  It just made things much easier.  And, I went to Staples to get the cards and did them all on the computer.  You can still get creative if you want with font and perhaps a small design of some sort.  And the best part…nothing was handwritten!

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    If you’re the creative type, you might not like what I’m about to say, but…if the creativity thing is bogging you down, could you make your own cards but keep them simple while ensuring all the names fit and the script is pretty?

    Post # 5
    Member
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    If it were me, I’d make my own, but I wouldn’t blame anyone else for taking the easy route. I didn’t vote because you need to do what your gut says 🙂

    Post # 6
    Member
    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’d make your own but they do not have to be super creative.  Michaels sells escort card kits, or you can just print your own and make a simple tent card.  We did this for my sister’s wedding and it was really really easy.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1752 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I made my own.  They were just paper, but they were beautiful.  I had a ribbed dark charcol paper as the folded piece.  I did a white piece of paper with my logo in green & black script text.

    All in all I think I used about 20 pieces of paper total, it took me a couple hours to make cut & glue everything & people loved them.  The paper was cheap & the only other thing was time and ink.

    I have heard of people spray painting leaves & writing with silver or gold pen on the leaves.. That would look beautiful & I don’t think it would be expensive.

    However, there were a few things that I did just decide “okay, it’s free if the venue does it, lets go with it…”  For example, I went with white linens and black napkins.. basic linen, no runner, nothing fancy because they were free.  I nixed the chargers by using the bread plate as part of the setting & adding a menu on top.  I used the hall’s vases for half of my centerpieces & worked in my own.

    If this is something that you are worried will not represent you or your wedding well, you can do it farily cheap and simply.. even if all you do is a simple folded card the way YOU want it, as opposed to the hall.  Or you can spend a little more money and do something creative. 

    I think that if it’s bothering you, but you don’t want to spend $$ on it.  Do something simple that wont cost you a lot of extra cash, but is worded how you like it.  It won’t take too long.

    Post # 8
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    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Originally I had wanted to make creative and cute escort cards. I had SO many ideas and wanted something unique, personal and memorable. Then one thing led to another and it was something I decided to just let go of. And I’m SO glad I did!!! I had so much other crap to get done I can’t imagine having to do these beforehand! Plus you are only a month away so you dont have much time to do it! My venue just printed out names/table numbers on plain white escort cards and it was fine. I would ask them to change the M_______ and just have one card for each person. Or if you know the couples that would like to have one card for themselves you could do that too.

    Post # 9
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    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Im really shocked im the only person who voted to have the venue print them! Trust me, this is just another thing to add to the list that is not necessary! If you were asking this question a month ago I probably would have said make your own, but with one month to go I dont see why you would want to put that extra burden on yourself!

    Post # 10
    Member
    3620 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Our venue came with cards that said OUR names on them at the top and the wedding date! Weird!! In really big font too!

    So we made free business cards on Vista Print and just wrote TABLE ___. Then I’ll fill in the names when they come in the mail. Voila!

    Post # 11
    Member
    139 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I gave up escort cards at the last minute and did a seating chart. Much easier :). Hoenstly, I would probably do whatever would be the easiest for you.

    Post # 12
    Hostess
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    @clarebee: I said make her own, but make simple ones. Not spend tons of time on really crafty ones.

    Post # 13
    Member
    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Gemstone: No, I understand that. But even making simple ones is time consuming as opposed to having someone else print them out for you! And on top of that if you make your own it involved buying more materials – even if it is just plain cardstock or printing from vistaprint its still money spent as opposed to getting something for free. Thats all i was saying!

    Post # 14
    Member
    3620 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Here are my VistaPrint escort cards – I’ll be writing names in the dark brown band… 10 minutes on VistaPrint, $24 later… they’ll be here tomorrow in the mail! 🙂

    Post # 15
    Member
    376 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Even if you bought some cute luggage tag type things from a paper store, you’d at least be able to get the names on them the way you want them… they don’t have to be time consuming. I’m just tying tags on mini lanterns, which will already be at their seat (hopefully!). It should be really easy!

    If you did want to use the venue cards, could you just give 1/person instead of per couple? 

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