(Closed) Seating chart or escort cards?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which is easier for guests (and me to make!): escort cards or seating chart display
    Traditional escort cards arranged in ABC order : (18 votes)
    69 %
    A big wall display thats listed in ABC order, with big initials, then the name and table # each. : (8 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee

    Seating cards are much easier for guests. They can pick up their card and go on their way. Charts are done so small that guests have to crowd in to see the info and then they may forget on the way to their table.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Fiance and I are deciding this same thing.  He wants cards and thinks they’ll be easier.  I want a chart because it will be easier for me to do AND it will be placed on a large easel so it will require one less table.

    @Ember78:  Rather than crowding to see the chart, wouldn’t it be placed at the entrance of the reception and guests would walk past and look at the chart, just as they would walk past and pick up their card?   I’ve never seen a chart at an actual wedding, so I’m sincerely just asking – I don’t see that there would be any difference?

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We are putting the escort card on the favor so it combines the two, would something like this be possible for you?

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would totally forget what table number I was at by the time I got into the room if I didn’t have something in my hand to help me remember, lol!

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think the seating chart is easier for the bride and groom, and the escort cards are simpler for guests. I would do the escort cards just to help out the people who are coming out to support you…

    Post # 9
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I am planning on doing a seating chart because I usually find at weddings that those escort cards just end up all over the place so to cut down on cost and waste we are going with the chart. 

    Post # 10
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think escort cards are better.  I got my escort cards at party city, they come 50 in a pack for about $10.  I bought two packs.  Type the names on a template on Microsoft Word, print it out and boom, those were my escort cards.  They were pretty too and every elegant looking.  I would look into that if I was you.  I also bought program paper from Party City and did my own programs too.  They were really nice.  Everyone was impressed.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @retroindigo: We did DIY invites and I have extra paper for the programs and escort cards. We stamped our invites and will be stamping the programs as well, have you thought about that or maybe a colored image you can put on the card to incorporate your theme? Then for the under 21 you can have a different design so that it is easy to spot who gets what at the end?

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    with having only 5-6 tables, i am making a seating chart,  and using place cards on the tables.

    I am doing something similar to this, in a shabby frame, at the entrance to the reception,  just one sheet of paper and i get the use the frame afterwards too.  

    easy peasy lemon squeezy…

     

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We’re doing a seating chart – I designed it in Microsoft Publisher and had it printed and mounted at Staples, it measures 24×36 and is very easy to read. We’re also doing escort cards on the tables themselves as we had to indicate which meal preference each person requested. The seating chart was a bit under $80 (much less if you don’t have it mounted on foam board) and each escort card was 25 cents printed through a vendor on etsy, so in total it was about $110 for 120 guests

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i diy’ed our escort cards (paper bought at a stationary store, stamp, and handwritten names) and it was really easy. i think it’s easier for guests, esp bc we had about 150 people

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My coordinator suggested I do escort cards. She has seen too many people crowd around one easel to see their table and have to go back to check again. Escort cards would be on a longer table so there wouldn’t be a crowd. If people forget, they can just look at their card rather than go back to the easel. Totally makes sense to me! I didn’t put too much effort into my place cards, as they will surely end up in the trash lol

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our escort cards are also our favors. I think escort cards are easier!

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