Most of the time, bride, groom, even some wedding vendors got mixup with the difference between escort card and place card. And I often get the question, what should be included on the escort card and on the place card. Some people think both cards serve the same purpose which they have the guest’s name and direct people to their seats. However, they each have their own role, and I’ll explain below.
These cards are to escort your guests to the table you assigned. On this card, you should include the guest’s name and the table number/name. They are often place in fornt of or nearby the reception (ballroom) room. Before guests walk into the room, they will need to get their cards to direct them to the table.
This card is to tell your guest where their seats at the table. On this card, you should include the guest’s name, and/or their selected entree (if the reception required entree selection, which you have included on the RSVP card and should received the selection once your guest replied). This card is often placed at each individual place setting on the guest table that you have pre-assigned.
Instead of having the escort cards and/or place cards, some couples also create seating chart nowadays. The seating chart will have all the guest names and table numbers/names listed on a framed board as a display to show guests which table for their seat. This is another good idea to consider if you are in the process of thinking what to do with the escort cards. If you decided to go with the traditional escort cards, You can choose to include the place cards as one of your wedding details or skip it.
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