(Closed) escort cards, seating cards and meals- oh my!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I like the idea for the sign asking them to take a card. I’m doing something similar to that. I’m not doing a seating chart because it’s mostly family.

Post # 5
53 posts
Worker bee

One way to do it is to use the escort card with a sign asking them to place them at their seat.  On each card place a sticker that denotes which meal they are having e.g. Heart=chicken, 2 doves=ribs, etc.   You could tie different colored ribbons. You could make the card different colors. Any ideas like that that looks nice but helps out the venue.  

If you choose to do place cards, then you could do the same thing.  Only you would need a seating chart to tell guests where to which table they are at.  

Hope this helps.

Post # 7
46969 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Lots of ideas here:

Place cards… and how to include guests entree choice?

I love the wording on this sign-it’s always nice to have a sense of humor

Take a seat

we hope you like who you sit next to

Otherwise it’s going to be  long night

Be sure to display your card at the table

So your meal choice is brought to you



Post # 8
4692 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

At at all the seated formal plate dinner weddings I’ve been to, your banquet server just comes over to you and says “Chircken fish,.. etc?”. All this planning with coordinated symbols sounds so confusing!

Post # 9
35 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

I not only work at a hotel in the catering department, but I’m getting married here next week too. We NEVER ask our brides to deal with meal tickets, or any other way to denote the meal choice. Your servers will walk around and ask what everyone ordered when they deliver the salads, then bring everything back later. If this really is a formal place, they should be doing that as well. Don’t worry! You don’t have to assign seats on the table if you don’t want to! 

Post # 10
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ABoxForPandora:  I’m in this same situation.  Do the caterers never have problems with people forgetting which meal they RSVP’d for and running out of one option?  That would be my fear with that route.

Post # 11
35 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

As a general rule, all caterers prepare 5% over the number you tell them, which is at least 3 of each meal. Just in case. If you hired a reputable caterer, you don’t have to worry about having enough food. 

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