(Closed) WEDDING RECEPTION PLACE CARDS

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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  • Wedding: June 2010

Are you talking about place cards or escort cards?

Place cards go at the actual table you’re assigned to to show you exactly which seat you sit at.  In this case, I’d probably do one per person just so it’s totally clear.

Escort cards go on one table, and direct people which table to go to.  In this case you could easily do one per couple/group. 

Post # 4
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also, I didn’t do the Mr. and Mrs. thing.  I just used first names and last names.  My husband’s father’s family is 11 boys, and some of them have married sons.  If I’d done Mr. and Mrs. Johnson… that would have applied to a lot of people (including us!)

Post # 7
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  • Wedding: June 2010

Right, that’s an escort card. 

I would probably do full names for the reasons I mentioned above.  Typically if you have family coming, you’ll have lots of people with the same last name, so Mr. and Mrs. Smith could be confusing.

We did one card for a couple, but they were just cards so there was nobody missing out on a favour if we did one per couple.  That said… guys probably don’t care, so I don’t see the harm in doing “John and Jane Smith – Table 2” on one card.

As for the bridal party that’s exactly what I did.  Jane Smith – Head Table.  (I probably wouldn’t have even bothered doing escort cards for the bridal party besides that there were drink tickets inside their envelopes), but if you’re doing something slightly unusual (like having their dates sit with you) I think it makes sense to tell them where to sit.

You don’t necessarily have to do cards though.  A seating chart looks lovely too, and saves the space of having to have a table set up.

 

Post # 8
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@LisaR: Retraction – if you already have a template and have started, stick with the escort cards!

Post # 10
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  • Wedding: June 2010

I think that’s a sweet idea to give your niece a separate one.  I sent my niece her own thank you card (for helping us open all our presents at our gift opening) and she was thrilled to get mali and took it to show and tell 🙂

I think if there’s room at your head table the notary could sit there as well.  Our venue capped our head table at nine because it has to spread across the room with enough room to walk around it, so definitely double check.  If not possible, perhaps seat him/her with people they know, or other honoured guests.

I can’t take credit for the seating chart – that was a google search!  Here’s my actual escort cards.  Nothing too fancy.

 

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