Couples love personalizing their big day to make it even more special and meaningful. Whether its including baby photos on the cocktail hour tables or naming the seating arrangements after places the couples have visited, small details can truly add that extra dazzle to create a wedding that is beautifully memorable in every way. Including place cards at your reception is another way to bring your guests in on the fun, personal details. Reception place cards designate not only which table each guest will be seated at, but also which seat they will occupy. This organization works very well for plated meals at the reception, as it allows the wait staff to better keep track of where everybody is. Guests will be served more promptly with little to no mess-ups or confusion. Additionally, guests can leave the table to mingle without the worry of someone else accidentally taking their seat in their absence.
Many couples confuse the purpose and style of place cards and escort cards. Escort cards are usually placed on a table at the entrance to the reception and serve to direct which table each guest is seated at. Escort cards do not designate which specific seat a guest must sit at, nor are they placed on the table itself. They are usually kept en masse near the entrance of the reception. In contrast, place cards are located on the table at the exact setting where each guest is assigned. This allows for more control over the seat planning and precise dining arrangements. As such, place cards are typically seen as being more formal and function well with plated meals. Escort cards are considered to be more casual and present themselves in a more laid-back vibe. However, many couples choose to incorporate both in their wedding for a seamless look.
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