Post # 1
After scouring the internet for inspiration, I can’t decide on how to display our escort cards. I showed some to my Fiance but he couldn’t decide either. We’re having a vintage-inspired outdoor wedding, and we would like to do something less traditional with the escort cards. Can you help me out and share your opinions – which is your favorite? Are any of these really unfeasible? etc.
Option #1: Tack escort cards onto vintage doors. (Pro: matchs the vintage furniture we’ll be renting, and we can lean the doors against 2 trees. Con: doors are a hassle to transport.)
Option #2: Hang cards from twine wrapped around a tree. Pro: cheap, plays up the trees on our property (we’re getting married under the biggest tree), very easy to make. Con: may not photograph as well as the other options?
Option #3: Arrange escort cards in potted plants (rosemary, lavender, etc). Pro: the plants make a great gift to vendors at the end of the night! (I like the idea of giving a plant better than just giving them a little cash… it’s more personal and suits our personalities as plant-lovers and tree huggers.) Also, very easy to make. Con: somewhat expensive; harder to transport plants.
Option #4: Write names and table numbers on an old window. Pro: easy to make, and pretty cheap. Con: does this look TOO rustic? Fiance wasn’t crazy about the idea.
Option #5: Attach escort cards to bottled drinks. Pro: easy to make, provides a nice drink for guests during cocktail hour (there WILL be an open bar, but this would be something fun and non-alcoholic). Since wedding is in November, could be apple cider or something fall-ish. Con: somewhat expensive; requires some coordination with waitstaff to maybe carry around the trays, and/or to open the bottles.
Option #6: Hang escort cards from a clothesline between two trees. This is FI’s favorite idea. Pro: easy to make. Con: could blow off clothesline if it’s a windy day?? also, in case of rain, may be less practical to set up inside the indoor reception hall that we’d have to move into if it really started pouring.
Post # 4
I love the idea of the bottles! Definitely cute and easy.
Post # 5
So many great options!
Personally, my favorite are the potted plants. Despite the con of them being a little difficult to transport, they’re adorable and would be a great gift for vendors/guests who’d like to take them home/your own garden if you have any left over. Plus, they photograph so pretty!
Post # 6
@LindsayMaree: I know, I love the gifts idea! If there were any left over we’d take them home but we’ll be gone for almost 3 weeks so they would probs die while we were gone. But anyways, I think it makes really nice gifts.
@CaliHoya: I haven’t been able to find any bottled apple cider… What do you think would be a good drink to serve? Izze drinks? Martinelli’s apple juice?
Post # 7
such cute ideas. i like the potted plant idea then give them away. nothing wasted.
Post # 8
The potted plant is my vote, really cute. Will it work well for the number of guests you’re expecting?
I wanted to do the window thing, but it was really hard to find windows!
Post # 9
@Ellegee: There’s an architectural salvage store here, where they still all kinds of old things – shutters, windows, doors… even skeleton keys! I dunno if there’s one in your city but this place is full of gems.
Post # 10
I like the clothesline idea. I’ve seen something similar that’s not attached to trees, and you could attach them to other things if you have to move it inside. I have a picture that I found on the Green Wedding Shoes blog that I put into a Word document for ideas when I was planning, but I don’t know the link and the paste from word link isn’t working. It lookes like two fence posts are in metal pails, and the clothesline is hung between them.
If you could do tiny little plants so each person would get one as a favor, I’d like that idea.
Not to throw out yet another option, but we used clothespins attached to cards and brown paper bags. Our favors were in the bags, and the clothespins had the table “number” (we used table names, rather than numbers) on them. A perk of this idea was that if we had to do a last minute change to the seating chart (which we did when someone bailed a few days before the wedding, grrrr), we could just change clothespins rather than have to print new cards.
Post # 11
@EastMeetsBarn: what a great idea. love it.
Post # 12
I love # 3 & #4! The cards in the plants look SO cute & provide a nice natural element. I would, however, still give the vendors cash tips in addition to the plants. I also love the names on the window, but I like being able to take my escort card with me to the table!