With all the buzz and excitement that surround the wedding day, it is important to not forget to provide direction and instruction for your guests. This becomes especially paramount at the reception when guests are looking for their places to sit. Whether you decide on a buffet-style or a sit-down dinner, your wedding guests need to know where they’re going to be hanging out for the rest of the evening. Enter the escort cards! Brides are loving the escort card trend, as they tend to be less stress and can show off her personality or theme of the wedding. Traditionally, place cards are used to mark where each individual guest is supposed to sit. They require more planning to direct where exactly each specific guest will dine, and can often be a hassle, for this reason, place cards are often used at formal, black-tie events.
However, escort cards are the fun, less-formal cousin of the place cards. Escort cards can come in many forms, but generally will assign a person or family to a table, rather than down to the specific seat. Guests are left to seat themselves at their designated table. These cards can be personalized by the bride and groom and take on many designs. A couple can hang beautifully-decorated stationery inside a picture frame to direct guests to their table. Or a simple yet sweet chalk calligraphy on a blackboard will be a nice director for your guests. Additionally, couples wanting to show off their unique style can double wedding favors as escort “cards.” From tiny potted succulents to lace-covered candles and personalized bottles of wine, these fun keepsakes will be a pleasant surprise to guests that they can use and cherish far long after the wedding day has past.