Post # 1
Hello all, hoping for some advice on this one. Our venue requires us to indicate meal choice that day – what seems to be done typically is having 2 different clored escort cards. Howvever, I am finding that escort cards will be much more expensive than a seating chart, and I hate to waste all that paper. So, assuming I use a seating chart, does anyone have any ideas on creative ways for guests to indcate meal choice? I already thought of having 2 different colors of votive candles (or ribbons tied around them) but my venue won’t allow them to be lit while guests are walking- so someone would have to come around and awkwardly light them during dinner lol. Any other ideas? I don’t want to spend a ton of money on this, and I can’t combine it with a favor – we are doing donations in leiu of favors. Thanks!
Post # 3
Have you ever been to a churrascaria? They have these cardboard circles that everyone gets – one side is red and the other is green. Green means bring on the food, red means no more food. Maybe you could do something like that to indicate the two choices. I can’t imagine that this would be too expensive to DIY.
Post # 4
Could you try making your own escort cards or meal choice indicators? It might be cheaper and I’ve seen some cute templates that you can just print out on your home computer.
I’ve also seen people use different colored ribbon on favor bags to indicate meal choice. They had really simple escort tags tied to the bags. A bridesmaid stood at the table and informed all the guests that they needed to put the favor next to their place setting because the color ribbon indicated dinner entree choice.
Post # 5
We have to do the same thing for our venue. I’m using scraps of cardstock and a bone folder to make my own escort cards (I made my own invitations so I had leftover card stock and good size pieces from cutting out our inserts). I bought a flower shaped paper punch for $6 and some scrapbook paper for 60 cents a sheet and cut out a bunch of different colored flowers that I am attaching to the escort cards. The colors coordinate with our wedding colors and the waiter will know a pink flower = beef and so on. All in all it cost me less than $20 to make my cards. Even if you have to buy and cut the cardstock for the cards, it should still be affordable (I am expecting 150 guests).
Post # 6
We made our own escort cards also. Instead of multi-colored, I just stamped a “B”, “F”, “V”, or “K” on the back for beef, fish, vegetarian, or kid’s meal.
I also gave our venue a Word document that says for example:
2 Kid’s Meals
So in case escort cards are lost, that information is still on hand.