Wedding Planning Pro Tip: Place Cards vs. Escort Cards


Escort cards, seating charts and place cards, oh my! Planning your dream wedding can be so much fun, but also a lot of work! Who knew there were so many rules to follow when it comes to the proper etiquette of telling your guests where to sit? If Mama and your new In-Laws don't get along but crammed together at the same table, an unfortunate headache the day of can occur- and that's where a detailed seating plan will come into hand. When it comes to escort cards vs place cards, many couples think these are the same when in fact, they are very different! Check out our tips below to make sure you are informed on how to properly organize your guests for the big day, for their sake and yours!  

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Escort cards are just that- cards that escort guests to their table by having not only their name, but table number too. These are best organized alphabetically, in order to make it easy for your friends and family to find their name! Escort cards and seating charts can be used interchangeably, unlike place cards, which tell each person which seat they will be at for that exact table. Escort cards give you a chance to add a little flair at your wedding! Whether you have an elaborate seating display with soft floral touches, or handwritten tent cards, both ways can get the job done! 

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Place cards are fun, flirty, and sometimes can even double as the favor to each guest. Placed at each table setting, this extra detail ensures that Dad can be the closest to you instead of weird Uncle Sal! Personalize each menu with the guests name, add it to their favor, or simply place a table tent above their charger so they can see where you'd like them to be. Tip: Wanna wedding plan simultaneously during date night? Pop in a movie and cozy up with your fiancé while organizing them in the order of your choosing. Be sure to let your coordinator know what seat you'd like them to start at to ensure everyone is right where you want them! 

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