Post # 1
A lot of weddings I’ve been to lately have skipped escort cards and instead have a poster where people find their names under the table number, and then have a place card at their seat. Others have had an escort card, but once at the table it’s open seating.
One of the major details our florist is working on for the reception decor is the escort card table, so I definitely want to use escort cards. I guess the logical thing would be to skip the place cards, but we are having a formal wedding and having open seating doesn’t go with the formality of our wedding in my mind. Also we may need to have a way to indicate to servers what each guest selected for their entree, whch also speaks to having a place card.
Is it not ideal to have two cards for each guest? Or another thing I will think about but no one else will notice. Any other creative ideas I haven’t thought of?
Post # 2
assigning tables isn’t “open seating”. it’s perfectly fine to assign guests a table (via an escort card or table chart), but then allow them to seat themselves at that table. if you do assigned tables, then just escort cards are fine. you can even indicate the dinner choice on the escort card along with the table, if necessary.
if you’re assigning every individual seat at a table, you’ll need place cards. you can then either do both escort cards AND place cards, or you can do an escort chart of some sort and place cards. personally, to sets of cards just seems like more trash, and “stuff” for your guest to put at the table. if you’re doing place cards, i’d probably just go with a chart (that is do alphabetically by guest name, NOT by table which just makes it hard for guests to find their names).
that said, i’d just go with escort cards and assigned tables but not seats. even if you assign seats, it’s not uncommon that guests will then choose to “rearrange” themselves anyway to sit next to who they’d like. a group of 8 adults should be able to seat themselves at a table.
Post # 3
It’s a bit weird to do both escort and place cards. Usually it’s one or the other. If your caterer needs people in specific spots, do placecards.
Post # 4
I did both because my caterer needed everyone in a specific spot so they knew which entree to serve. If this isn’t a requirement at your venue, then just having escort cards is probably easier.
I had one escort card per couple (i.e. Mr. and Mrs. Ken and Barbie Doll, table 7) and then each individual had their own place card. It worked out pretty seamlessly.
Post # 5
It is not weird to do escort cards and place cards. We had assigned seating so had both. It enabled us to move people around until the last minute. With a poster, there is nothing you can do about last minute cancellationa.
Post # 6
This is something I’ve been thinking about as well! My worry if I only do escort cards, people won’t set them on the table for the servers to see what meal they get. I don’t want to assign individual seats, but I also don’t want there to be issues with who gets what meal.
Post # 7
You don’t need escort cards and place cards. Escort cards tell your guests at which table they are seated.
If you need to indicate a choice of entree on the escort card, there are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest: stamps, stickers, colored stick on jewels, different colored cards themselves, ribbon or washi tape, adding a color flower etc
Post # 8
The truly formal weddings I have attended have had both escort and place cards for each guest as well as waiters who take orders with no advance menu choice required.
Post # 9
We had a pretty formal wedding and did escort cards only, and indicated meal choice with a (classy) illustration of a chicken, cow or vegetable. The coordinator politely reminded guests to leave their card next to their plate as they were picking up cards, and the waitstaff confirmed orders at the table anyway. Worked great.
Post # 10
It seems unneccessary and overly fussy to do escort cards and place cards (not to mention the trees and cost…..)
I would either have a beautifully decorated/presented table plan and place cards, or just the escort cards, not both.
(FWIW, in the UK I have NEVER seen escort cards – table plans and placecards is the norm, and you can see some great inspo for the table plans on Pinterest etc)
Post # 11
Just IMO: I hate placecards at weddings. If I don’t want to sit beside “x” I either feel obligated to because the bride or groom decided that’s where I should sit or I’m switching seats with someone.
It’s unnecessary and overly fussy as one PP said, to dictate exactly where your guests sit. Escort cards or a seating chart is enough imo.