Wedding stationery isn’t limited to save the dates and invitations. The day of your wedding can be made far more elegant - and organized - with the addition of place cards, escort cards and/or seating charts. Finding the best solution for you may come down to budget, preference or needs.
Whether your reception is sophisticated and traditional, or low-key and modern, wedding signage at any event can ensure everyone, especially you, has a fun, uninterrupted experience. Reception stationery not only keeps things orderly, but offers a warm and refined first impression when guests enter your celebration space.
Whether it is for form or function, there are numerous ways to customize your reception stationery. Customized paper goods can elevate the reception’s decor and aesthetic. By using romantic script fonts, themed detailing, monogrammed accents, etc. we can work together to create a beautifully functional reception space.
One of the most requested reception pieces are place cards, escort cards and seating charts. Ivory House Creative offers a variety of design options including both semi-custom and custom designs. I work with you to figure out which of these items are best for the functionality of your event as well as your wallet. I also make sure we create a cohesive design style -- even if I don’t design your wedding invitations. Using similar fonts, colors and design styles will help to elevate your aesthetic throughout your entire reception.
So what is the difference between place cards, escort cards and seating charts? And what would I recommend to clients? Check out my notes below for understanding what would be the best fit for you!
Place Cards - Typically a small tented card placed at each guest’s seat. These cards assign guests a specific seat and are typically used in conjunction with a seating chart to avoid guests wandering around during reception to find their seat. If needed, meal choices can be indicated on the card using a fun icon or color coding system. If you are planning a buffet style meal, place cards are not a necessity but some couples prefer them in order to indicate specific seats.
Escort Cards - Much like place cards, escort cards are typically a small tented style card that is used to “escort” guests to their table, but does not assign an exact seat. They are typically set out in alphabetical order at the reception entrance, where guests can find their card and then take a seat at the assigned table. If serving a plated meal, meal choices can also be indicated on the card. With escort cards, no seating chart is needed.
Seating Charts - Similar to escort cards, these poster-sized charts tell guests where their assigned seats will be located. You will typically find them sitting on an easel at the reception entrance. Seating charts can be organized by table or alphabetical order; however, alphabetical is recommended to make it easier for the guests to find their name. As mentioned before, seating charts are sometimes accompanied by place cards, especially when a plated meal is being served.
Now that you know the differences between place cards, escort cards and seating charts, it’s time to decide what style you want. Our semi-custom collection features dozens of design suites that are ready for purchase. Once your order is received, you will receive a follow up email to share your customization information including name, date, meal selection, etc. All of our online shop orders include free domestic shipping and digital proofs prior to printing. As always, custom designs are also available upon request.
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