Escort & Seating Charts

Escort Cards vs. Seating Chart vs. Place Cards – What’s the Difference?

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It’s often the little details that make your wedding day personal and memorable. Maybe it’s a heartfelt ceremony and sentimental touches that make your heart skip a beat. Perhaps it’s custom wedding day stationery that ties the décor together that leaves you with an everlasting impression. For some, it’s even the fluidity throughout the day that they not only notice, but also appreciate. Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding for 20 or a grand affair for 500, one detail you don’t want to overlook are your reception seating arrangements. Before you stress over the overwhelming and dreadful task of seating arrangements, it’s important to understand the difference between escort cards, place cards AND seating charts. Although many use the terms “escort cards” and “place cards” interchangeably, they are in fact different. They do, however, have the potential to make a huge statement through your creativity!

Escort cards are creatively displayed in alphabetical order during the cocktail hour for guests to pick up before entering your reception. They have your guest’s name(s) and the table in which they are assigned included on the card. Simply put, they tell or “escort” guests to the table in which they are sitting at during the wedding reception. This is the most common seating option and can range from traditional tented cards to flat cards placed in wine corks, or attached to skeleton keys or even a glass of bubbly!

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A seating chart is an organized board that lists your table numbers with the assigned guest names underneath the number. This can be designed on chalkboards, windowpanes, or can printed, framed and displayed on an easel.

chalkboard wedding seating chart

Place cards are placed on the tables where the guests are assigned. Essentially, you are choosing their exact seat and who will sit next to them for the evening at their designated table. Place cards include just the guest’s name and are usually used in unison with escort cards or a seating chart. Keep in mind that assigning exact seats will take quite some planning.

Wedding Place Cards

Whether you choose escort cards, a seating chart, and/or place cards, know that the time spent on your seating arrangements will help keep your reception moving smoothly, while placing guests where they will feel most comfortable. Let your creativity run wild, have fun, and guide your guests in style!

Author Bio: MLShaughnessy Designs, LLC is a boutique design company specializing in wedding invitations and event stationery. Owner and creative director, Meghan Shaughnessy, works one-on-one with each of her clients offering a personalized experience from start to finish. She believes that choosing your paper goods should not only capture each couple’s personality with a modern approach, but should also be a fun part of the wedding planning process. Make your event and first impression one to remember with oh-so-pretty [bespoke] stationery that will leave guests anticipating your wedding or special event!

Escort Cards: MLShaughnessy Designs, LLC
Chalkboard Seating Chart: Pomp Designs
Glass Holder Placecards:
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