(Closed) Place Card help!

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Someone correct me if I’m wrong:

Place cards are what go on the table to tell people where to sit- so it would make sense that each person got one so they knew which place at the table was theirs.

Escort cards are what you pick up during the cocktail hour to tell people what table they are seated at- so if a couple is seated at the same table, they could be on the card as "Mr & Mrs Bee, Table 1."

If you are actually going to do place cards- I would suggest each person having one.  Otherwise, if singletons get a card, but couples share a card there will be places at each table with no card at all- and that could lead to confusion.

I skipped both kinds of cards and just made a ‘chart’ with people’s names alphabetically- so they could look up their table assignment- and then let them work out where at that table they would sit.

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding where actual seats were assigned- just table assignments.


Post # 4
497 posts
Helper bee

Placecards on the table get one per person. 

Placecards that people take from the escort card table and brought to the table with them are one per person.

Only escort cards would be by couple…in which case you the card would tell the couple what table to go to and the place card at the table would let them know what seat was theirs.

Post # 5
497 posts
Helper bee

I should add that we assigned the seats and it worked out much better for our guests.  It takes so much time to do it, but is very appreciated. 

Post # 6
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Rosy, you are correct.

In the past two months I have attended two different weddings which implemented one or the other scheme.  And both had approximately 100 people.

Honestly, the need really comes down from the caterer.  If you are having a seated dinner then you are more likely going to be required to have a placecard for each individual at their setting. Often times they meal that individual selected is indicated in the card in some form or fashion (ie a specific icon, color of card etc).

If you are having a buffet its more likely that you don’t need seat assignments or table assignments in reality, but most places request that you have a table assignement to reduce what could otherwise be total chaos.  In the case of a table assignment, escort cards are all that is required.

I hope that helps!  As a side note, you may not require either depending on the size of your wedding.  The bigger the wedding the more likely it is you will need some sort of seating arrangement.

PS – I find that it also helps to have a seating chart, so people aren’t walking around to each table looking for theirs.  Think of it as a play chart for weddings 😉

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