Place Cards vs Escort Cards | What You Need to Know!

Sometimes the wedding lingo can be a little overwhelming.  We here at Magnificent Moments Weddings, love when we can take complicated tasks and simplify them for our brides.  That is why we love sharing these information blog posts with you (Like this one on Head/Sweetheart/King tables)! So today I thought I would focus on escort cards and place cards, demystify their use and help you decide which one is the right choice for your event!

Discover Love Studios captures escort cards for Mint Museum Uptown Charlotte wedding coordinated by Magnificent Moments Weddings  Magnificent Moments Weddings Founders Hall Uptown Charlotte Wedding (30)

Photo by Discover Love Studios and GeorgeStreet Photography

Place Cards

While both escort cards and place cards tell a guest where to sit, place cards are the more formal option.  Place cards not only tell guest what table they will be seated at, but more specifically their designated seat.  Many venues may require them if you are serving a plated dinner. Prior to the event, the cards will need to be marked with your guests dinner choices, allowing the staff to easily serve the correct meals.

Escort Cards

These cards are your less formal option.  Escort cards are usually placed on a table as guests enter the reception area to be picked up.  The card will tell the guests what table they are assigned to and once there at the table, they are usually free to sit at any seat of their choosing.  Escorts can also be fun, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

Do I Really Need Them?

While in theory you could forgo both cards and have guests sit at any table of their choosing, there are a host of concerns that may a rise. From awkward encounters to not enough seats, but that is blog post for another time so stay tuned for more details!

Adorable gold pinecone serves as place card holder at a Uptown Charlotte Mint Museum Wedding   Wedding escort cards with picture meal choices

Photos by: Cameron Faye Photography and Samantha Lafoon Photography

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Happy Planning!