what is the difference between an escort card and a place card? ... and do I really need menus?
Escort Card: These lovely cards are used to tell guests which table they are assigned to for the main reception. Typically they are displayed in an area just outside or close to where the guests will be entering in and done in alphabetical order. They should be alphabetically arranged in an area and could carry a cohesive theme with the rest of the decor. For example, a beautiful floral centerpiece may sit in the center of the table and tent folded cards in color or theme matching cardstock will align around the arrangement. The card usually states the guests name and "Table number ____ has been reserved in your honor." Then the guests pick up this card and carry it with them to their assigned seats.
Get as creative as you wish when displaying the escort cards. You can use fascinating ribbons and fabrics, mini picture frames, river rocks with calligraphy, miniature flower pots and more. Think outside of the box on how to "wow" your guests by incorporating your personality.
Another opportunity for you to showcase your personality and flair. Have fun matching your place cards to your decor and theme. You can still use beautiful folded table tent style cards that match your stationery, but you can also get creative. Color code them with big rhinestones for the staff to clearly see and don't forget you may be in a darker room. Or you can find fun shapes of animals to indicate chicken, beef, fish or veggie options.
Photography by: April Green Photography (rock place card), BQ Photography (blue escort cards), Ivy Studios (pink escort card and menus), Weddings by Us (Tuscan place card)