I went back and forth trying to figure out a clever way to display the escort cards at our wedding. I wanted something fun yet not too over-the-top, and also something that wouldn’t be hard for guests of all ages to read. So, I ended up going with a moss and rose base, pictured above. The flowers were the same color as the bridal party bouquets, and the escort cards were glued to twigs that went directly into the moss. I had a general idea of what I wanted, and explained it to the florist who we were using, and she put it together. I ordered the cards from Paper Source, and had the same calligrapher we used for our wedding envelopes do the names on the cards.
Now, just to clarify for those who are confused between escort cards and place cards, here’s a quick tip: Escort cards are typically placed at the entrance of your cocktail hour or reception and show which table number guests are seated at. Place cards are used at each place setting to indicate where a guest should sit. Seating charts are also sometimes used in lieu of escort cards, and typically involve one large list that has every guests’ name listed alphabetically as well as their table number.
A few of my favorite escort card ideas are below. When deciding what type of escort card display to use, just keep in mind that while you want the arrangement to be fun, you also want guests to be able to find their table number as easily (and quickly) as possible. Escort cards are also an opportunity to provide double-duty wedding favors, so think of items that serve as steady bases that guests can also take home!