Have you ever wondered what the difference between place cards and escort cards are? They're both equally as important, but can vary depending on the type of wedding. We're here to break it down for you!
Let’s first talk about place cards. Here’s what they mean and how to use them.
When place cards are used, there is a need for a seating chart. This allows guests to find their table in an easy and efficient manner.
Place cards are typically a more formal option for seating.
To indicate different entrees on either type of card, there are a few steps to follow. Entrees need to be indicated when applicable for servers. You can use symbols, colored rhinestones, different colored paper cards, an initial as shown on the first place card example above. The symbols in the photo on the left side are all travel symbols relating to the travel theme of the wedding. (ex: plane, passport, compass) The colored place cards in the photo to the right are colored coded for entree.
Next, let’s talk about escort cards. These are often confused with place cards.
Escort cards have the guest name, table number, and entree (if applicable).
Escort cards are all at one table, typically in the same space as cocktail hour, or near the gift table. Guests find escort cards in a location and take them to their seats.
Escort cards are typically a more informal option for seating.
Lastly, let’s talk about seating charts. Here’s the different types of seating charts and how to use them.
Seating charts are often mounted on a foam core board, and framed. These charts are usually displayed on an easel in the entryway of the reception venue, or during cocktail hour.
Other types of seating charts include: Mirrors, glass windows, chalkboards, written in calligraphy on leaves or other materials like pieces of stained wood.