Post # 1
I just learned that place cards and escort cards are 2 diff things so please help me clarify. 1) do I need both?
Our plan is to have a table set up with table names (10-12 tables) and cards with guests’ names indicating what table they will be seated at. I don’t necessarily want to have printed on the card what table they’ll be sitting at. Do we have an additional card set up at the table where they are supposed to sit? I don’t necessarily care what seat people sit in, just as long as they’re at their assigned table.
Do I include individual guests names or both their names together, like families or couples? I’m leaning towards each person getting his or her own card.
Any feedback please let me know. I’m a month out today and feeling a little panicky.
Post # 2
Just escort cards is fine. You don’t need to assign seats at each table.
Post # 3
I have no idea what an “escort card” is, sorry! Is it a US thing?
The ‘norm’ here in the UK is to have a main table plan near the entrance to the room showing a list of which guests are on each table, and then place cards at each setting on the table. I have never been to a wedding here that had a table plan but no place cards. Allocated seats and place cards are very useful to the waiting staff as they are an easy reference for any special needs, you can also put guests’ choices on the back to remind them which meals they picked.
Having said all that though, we didn’t have anything – no top table, no seating plan, no cards! We decorated all the tables the same and let people sit where they liked. It worked just fine. Everyone organically left one of the central tables for us, Best man etc anyway, and we had a buffet with dietary stuff clearly labelled so people could choose exactly what they wanted to eat
Post # 4
I keep seeing posts about them, I have no idea what they are either 🙂
Having a buffet makes things easy when it comes to food.
Post # 5
Escort cards tell guests what table they are sitting at and are typically near the entrance to your venue. Place cards tell guests what seat they are assigned and are placed on their table. If you do place cards, you’ll need to have something at the entrance that tells them which table to go to. We only did escort cards and allowed the guests to pick the seat they wanted at the table.
Post # 6
Escort cards are used instead of a seating chart, assigning guests to tables, not seats. The advantage of escort cards is that you can make last minute changes much more easily. Seating charts are a lot of work to redo at the last minute.
Escort cards are arranged alphabetically by last name, on table(s) near the entrance. If you have a lot of guests, it is best to spread them out, so guests aren’t bunching up trying to find their card. The guests carry the card to their table, and put it in front of their place setting.
If you need to indicate a choice of entree to the waitstaff, you can use the escort card to do that also. There are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest like using different colored jewels, ribbon, washi tape, stamps etc, depending on the theme and formality of your wedding.
Placecards are usually reserved for a more formal wedding. Guests are assigned tables form a seating chart. When they get to the table, they find their assigned seat by looking for their placecards.
Post # 7
Do some of your guests have trouble remembering a table number for 2 minutes? You absolutely don’t need both; put the table numbers up somewhere and your guests can sort out which chair belongs to them. You never know someone’s personal preference, so just leave it up to them. They’re adults!
Post # 8
I’m just doing escort cards. They will be on the welcome table when guests enter our reception so they can take their card with their name and table number to their table. And then choose whatever seat at their designated table that they want.
Mid you have place cards also they will then find a specific seat with their name reserved for them. I didn’t think that was necessary or a good use of money.
Post # 9
The majority of weddings I attend feature escort cards only. Couples are generally on one card. Place cards are for individuals. I’ve only seen this done at very formal weddings. In that case I’ve never seen any menu choice indicated, as waitstaff would come by to take your order.
Post # 10
We had a table/seating chart at the front of the reception room, and then individual placecards on the tables. I wouldn’t do two sets of cards though so it depends whether you’re allocating people to seats or tables.
Post # 11
I’m from Australia and escort cards don’t seem to be a thing here either. We had a seating chart at the entrance to the reception that listed who was sitting on each table (alphabetically) and then place cards at the tables. Due to allergy requirements, our venue needed to know exactly where everyone was sitting to ensure that they were served the correct meal.
Post # 12
I had escort envelopes with the names of each couple or individual calligraphed on the envelopes. Inside were calligraphed cards featuring the table number and special meal accommodations, if applicable.
This made making last minute seating changes easy, as I was able to remove a card that said “table 8” and insert a different card that said “table 10.”
Post # 13
I don’t quite understand what you are planning, but no you don’t need specific place cards if you don’t care where on the table they sit. You can just have a big chart at the entrance listing people names with the table number they should go to.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
We had a large wedding and we used both. Escort cards let guests know what table they’re sitting at. Place cards let guests know where they will be sitting at the table
Post # 15
We just had escort cards set up alphabetically at a table by the reception entrance. Once at the correct table, guests chose which seat they wanted to sit in.