(Closed) Escort Cards…Are They Really Necessary?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

If they are not free with the venue package, I think your idea sounds fine. I’ve seen some cute ways to tell people where they sit on that show Four Weddings. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@lovelylight99:  Yeah. I’m with ya. Plus they always get so messy looking when people go to reach for theirs. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Large seating chart is fine as long as waitstaff doesn’t need to know what each guest ordered.  We used ours to indicate steak, salmon or veggie. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Will your venue set up a seating chart for you for free?

Just curious because I hasve never heard of a place doing this.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Can I ask what an escort card actually is? I have seen them mentioned on etsy and wedding blogs and I don’t know what they do.

In the UK the traditional thing is to have a big board up at the entrance to the dining room with a list of names under each table for guests to look at as they go in, and then to have a little card with each guest’s name on at their assigned place.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Have a big seating chart if you can. I made up cute little doily hearts, and asked a friend to hand them out.  They were not handed out (I tossed them all) because I also had a master list with them just in case. I think she just read it off of there.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Escort cards are only necessary if you need them to indicate meal preference for the servers. I will say though, I don’t know that printing a seating chart is going to save you much money – mine are costing me about $20 each once you factor in professoinal printing/shipping costs & the foam core for mounting. And if I’d gotten it printed locally through FedEx Office, the costs would have been higher.

I am doing the seating chart on an easel. You don’t want it to become a bottleneck, so we are doing the following things:

– Organize alphabetically by last name, not by table number. Quicker to find your name.

– We’re having two, one at each door.

– Make sure the font is large enough and easy easy easy to read, and make sure there is good spacing between lines (we put an extra blank line in between each letter of the alphabet).

– They are on 24″x36″ posters printed through Vistaprint, mounted on foam core. If you’re putting them in a frame, make sure there isn’t glare on the glass that will make it tough to read.

This looks fuzzy because of how I saved it, but the actual printed version is very sharp.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@lovelylight99:  Thanks! I’ve seen pictures of cards hanging up on a rail though? Are the guests supposed to pick them up on their way in?

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@NAvery:  I really like the idea of ordering the names by surname rather than table!

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