As a wedding planner I get asked a lot of questions! One of the common question from brides is "what is the difference between escort cards and place cards?" There is a very simple way to answer this once and for all!
Simply put, escort cards display the guest's first and last name and table number. They are used to "escort" the guest to the appropriate table to help direct them where to go. They are usually placed near the reception area and are in alphabetical order so names are easy to find.
The way you write the names will depend on how formal your wedding is. For formal events, Mr. and Mrs. Luke Jones, Table 2, for example. If it is less formal, Elizabeth and Luke Jones, Table 2, with the name of the woman first followed by the man. For a single person with an unknown guest, it would be appropriate to write William Harris and Guest, Table 3.
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Place cards are cards that display either the guest's first and last name or just their first name and are arranged at every place setting at each of your reception tables. They are only needed if you choose to have assigned seating. Both cards are helpful in directing your guests and eliminating confusion.
Escort cards and place cards are easy to DIY. Many stationary and craft stores have special paper you can buy yourself if you choose to design and print your own. You can also design them online and have them printed and shipped to you by a paper goods company or online retailer such as www.zazzle.com, www.etsy.com, www.weddingpaperdivas.com or www.evermine.com.
Escort cards and place cards are a great way to incorporate your personal style into your wedding. You can be as creative as you want to be so use your imagination and have fun!
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Brenda Cali is a professionally trained Wedding Consultant and plans a variety of social and corporate events.