(Closed) Place cards/escort cards

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Post # 2
9443 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Just escort cards is fine. You don’t need to assign seats at each table.

Post # 3
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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 # 5
169 posts
Blushing bee

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
30393 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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msmeow85 :  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
307 posts
Helper bee

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
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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
13572 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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
2343 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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
8373 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
3589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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
1815 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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.

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