(Closed) seatting chart or escort cards/place cards so confusing?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
15 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am just putting the person’s name and what table they are assigned to. Then all the placecards are on 1 table in alphabetical order so they can easily find their card.  I have also recently seen it where there is a big easel with a list of all the guests in alphabetical order displayed with what table they are assigned to.

Post # 4
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Place cards mean that each person is assigned a specific seat.  The cards are at that seat.  A seating chart is helpful so they know where they are going.

Escort cards direct the guest to an assigned table.  They are usually at the entrance of the dining area and the person will pick it up to find their table.

The point is just what you said.  It’s really annoying to figure out where you should go with open-seating.

Post # 5
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve been trying to sort this out as well.

So… you could just do a seating chart with a list of tables & names of people. Then you would number or name the tables and people would just figure it out. That’s what I wanted to do – but our venue asked us to use cards that identified our guest’s meal choice.

So we’re going to use escort cards. We’ll have them set up at the front table and guests are supposed to take their escort card and place it on the table where they are sitting. We’ll have them in different colours so the servers will know what meal choice the person is having.

Place cards would be already on the table – so you would be arranging the tables AND choosing the exact seats where everyone is supposed to sit. Some people think these are too much – but I’ve heard of other people that think they are essential. Personally – I think this last option is a little formal for my wedding, so we’re just going to go with the escort cards. We would just be doing a poster with the seating chart if it weren’t for the venue’s request. (but now I get to come up with a fun way of designing & presenting the escort cards! Craft time!!)

Maybe talk to your venue and think about how formal you want to be… I think for 50 people either a seating chart and/or escort cards would be enough.

Hope this helps!!

Post # 6
15 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh see I didn’t even know the difference between placecards and escort cards. I guess what I’m doing is escort cards. I’m having enough trouble with that, there’s no way I could pick the exact seat of everyone! ah!

Post # 7
990 posts
Busy bee

I would only suggest place cards if you do not trust your guests to make good decisions for where they sit. I would suggest escort cards for a wedding of your size.

Post # 8
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Normally, you use placecards and escort cards. The escort card goes on the table by the entrance to tell people where they are sitting, this is the piece that can be replaced by a chart or a list or whatever. The placecard goes on the table at the persons place setting to show them which seat it theirs. In this scenario, you would be assigning everyone a chair. I have to do this because my venue wants me to mark meal choices on the placecards.

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