(Closed) Escort cards/seating chart

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

1. Most brides choose to let the guests choose their own seat at the table, but the choice is yours.

2. I prefer one per person, but you can do one per party if you want.

3. I think escort cards are more fullproof than a seating chart, but some of the seating charts for display are really cute.

Post # 4
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For me, I had the cards all on a table just after the receiving line (our ceremony and reception were in diff rooms at same venue- you could just put them at entrance). I had a card for each person to help me visualize and remove doubt. Just a table number, they picked their seat at the table. Hope this helps!

Post # 5
1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Im doing place cards ONLY because of meal selections to help the servers.  Otherwise I would allow guests to sit where ever at the table.  Trust me… guests will move their place cards if they dont want to sit by the speaker or whatever, and put another poor guest there in their place!

Post # 6
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Jane77677:  1. i’d let them pick at the table, unless you need to know actual seats for the meal.

Post # 7
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m doing place cards and a seating chart. Our caterer requires us to indicate exactly where each person is sitting for both meal choices and so they can keep track of guest allergies. All I can say is, if you move and you don’t get your meal, that’s my guest’s own problem not mine lol.

I actually don’t know if I’ve ever actually been to a wedding that had escort cards… it’s always been assigned tables and assigned seats.

Post # 8
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re just doing escort cards, not place cards, but we’re having a buffet.  We have one card per person

Then we put the table number inside

Post # 9
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re doing escort cards even though we have a plated meal.  Only the tables are assigned, not the seats.  What we’re doing to make it easy for the servers is different colored cardstock that the tented escort cards will be on:  blue for beef, cream for chicken, violet for vegetarian, and black for people with food allergies.  I’m also giving a spreadsheet of the tables, names of guests, and food choices to the venue so if someone loses their escort card they’ll still be able to figure out which meal they get.

Post # 10
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I did one card per person and just put the table number. Each card had a small colored rhinestone to indicate meal choice. The catering staff was also given a spreadsheet of the number of each entree per table (bless our wedding planners for doing this). 

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