(Closed) what’s the point of putting name placecards at a long table?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
49 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

The name cards on a table I think you’re seeing are escort cards. These cards tell people where to sit. Usually there will be a number inside the card, or sometimes the name is written on an envelope and the number is inside. If you want to have assigned seating by more than just the table, you can put place cards at each individual seat. Most weddings I’ve been to are just assigned by table and not by seat. If you’re doing different meal options, you generally have to assign people by seat. The escort cards are just so people aren’t walking around aimlessly looking for their places.

 I hope that helps and I’m understanding your question… 

Post # 4
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Like what Snookies0831 said, the escort cards are usually placed at the entrance of the reception venue (I’ve always seen them in ABC order).  That way, you know/have an idea of where to find your escort card, then the card has your table number on it… so you know which table to sit at! 

If the cards are already at the table, sometimes brides will make a big seating chart with the tables and names… but sometimes people will crowd around the chart (understandably) and it’ll be hard for everyone to see.    

Post # 5
7 posts

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Post # 6
39 posts

Hmmm to me, I always thought it worked like this

Escort Cards: for single ladies, and the card tells them you their escort will be for the evening, so they aren’t lonely and all the old school stuff. I don’t think anyone really uses them anymore

Table Cards: tell each guest/or couple which table to sit at, they pick their own seats.

Place Cards: are at each seat, and tell each guest you want them in that chair exactly.

The table with all the cards would be for tablecards, people find their card and see which table they are at and go from there to the table and select a seat. 

Post # 8
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i’m doing long tables, and i’m also doing two cards (now i’m confused with all of the terms for them, but…): one will be at the entrance to the reception and will tell the couple which table they are sitting at, and the second will be at each individual place setting. the table is going to be really really long, and want to be able to specify "areas" of the table so it’s not awkward. i also want to be able to keep people away from each other so that there’s no drama.

Post # 9
47 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

We decided on table cards – Guest Name and Table Number which will be displayed at guest book in alpha order.  People then can choose what seat they would like at their assigned table.

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