(Closed) How do you address placecards?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I wouldn’t put individuals on their own card. I’d say “Mr Joe Smith & Guest” and “Mr. & Mrs. Joe Smith” or however they’re addressed – make sure if they’re married & she has his name or if she kept her name “Mr Joe Smith & Mrs. Mary Jones”.

However you addressed the invites is a good guideline. Although it would be fun for your little cousins to all get their own card – it might make them feel like a grownup.


Post # 4
803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

are your place cardsa also meal indicators? if so, everyone needs their own.  if its a buffet, it would be fine to do it by family.

Post # 5
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Clair is right! If they are just indicating table number, then you can group families and couples. But if they are indicating meal preference, everyone gets one. 🙂

Post # 6
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

placecards usually indicate the exact seat where a person is supposed to sit, whereas escort cards just indicate the table. the placecard is usually there before the guests arrive, not picked up at the door like an escort card.

p.s. my Fiance refuses to acknowledge me when i use the term “escort card” in discussion of wedding details. it makes him think of prostitution, which he finds distracting 🙂 so, for him, they are all placecards (lol)

Post # 7
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@galore5…your fiance is funny, I never thought of that but he has a good point…lol. This is a good question, I was curious of the same for families with small children – now I know!

Post # 8
1699 posts
Bumble bee

Place cards are sitting on the table above the place setting when guests arrive and indicate exactly where each guest is to sit — so you do one per guest. They double as a cue to the person sitting next to him, in case they have forgotten his name in the twenty seconds since they were introduced. I love them if only for that reason, now that I am getting old and forgetful.

Escort cards tell the responsible person — usually a big strong man, but sometimes a babysitter or big sister — who they are supposed to escort in to dinner, and what table they should escort them to. The outer envelope is addressed to that responsible person, and the card inside contains the table number and the name(s) of the guest(s) he or she is being asked to take care of. Escort cards are handed out by the staff as the guests arrive or, wanting adequate staff, are placed on a table near the entryway.

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