Posted August 15, 2012 | 4 Comments
Good morning + Happy Wednesday! We hope you grabbed a gigantic cup of coffee today (or tea) because we have quite the read for you today! This is one of those posts that inspired me (more than usual) while writing it, so I sincerely hope it does the same for you. (Be sure to pin it for re-reading later!) First things first… if you’re planning a wedding reception with assigned tables, you’ll need an escort card display. Escort cards inform your guests where they’ll be seated… so, rather than roam around from table to table to find their name, they’ll easily grab their card, a drink, and have time to mingle before sitting down for dinner. Escort cards may have been a bit basic in the past, but thanks to handmade artisans (+ photographers to capture their work!) escort cards are in a decor class all their own! Today, we are sharing twenty-five of the best escort card ideas to save you time, energy, and give you a much-needed jolt of inspiration to kick start your day. And, whether you’re planning a rustic, vintage, nautical, or otherwise themed wedding, we’ve got you covered. So, if you’re ready to be inspired… let’s begin! (*Note: to purchase or see details on any items below, click on the link below the photo)
25 Best Escort Card Ideas for Weddings
1. Carnation Escort Card Display
Carnations were once a filler flower, but not any more! Score a lush setting for your escort cards (+ save a little money) with carnations, bunched together in a pretty hue like so…
2. Mason Jar Escort Card with Tag
Get guests in the celebrating spirit with a drink + escort card in one. Guests can fill their drink at a nearby station or bar and find their seat at once.
3. Where In The World Am I Sitting?
This escort card display is perfect for destination or travel-themed weddings. It poses the question, “Where in the world am I sitting?” and gives guests fun cards to take to their seat.
4. The Wedding Seating Chart
I attended a wedding once with a seating chart and it was so easy to find my name. Alphabetized, easy-to-find, and placed right at the door. It doesn’t get much easier than this! Plus, this particular find can be made to match your wedding color palette and theme.
5. Escort Card Branches
Tie in a little rustic charm with branches to hold your escort cards, like so…
6. Miniature Flower Vases
Joanna Blake (of Jo Blake) mastered the art of the wedding favor + escort card in one with these miniature flower vases. This find will always have a special place in my heart. Adorable? Yes. Added decor? Absolutely. Two birds + one stone: you betcha.
7. Succulents in Teacups
Every time I go to Home Depot I check out the succulents. One of these days, I’ll finally buy a bundle and place in tea cups or terracotta pots. I love succulents and their minimalist (and chic) appearance. Plus, I hear they’re pretty resilient (great for newer gardener types like me!)
8. Miniature Chalkboard Escort Cards
Re-usable, shabby chic, and oh-so-charming miniature chalkboards can be displayed from nearly anywhere (drinking glasses, a tree + twine, clothespins + string).
9. Cake Pop Escort Cards
Guests love adorable treats upon entering the reception! A cake pop escort card is a winning combination.
10. Pick a Flower
Guests can ‘pick a flower’ to reveal their table number in this find, one of our favorite finds from the folks at Potter and Butler.
11. Candle Escort Cards
Add a romantic glow to the evening right from the beginning with candle escort cards (which double as favors for guests). Combine thematic scents to tie into your wedding – like pumpkin spice in autumn.
12. Skeleton Key Escort Card
Skeleton keys are, for whatever reason, one of my favorite items in the wedding world. These gold keys are attached to charming tags for guests to find their seats and can be easily displayed from twine and a sturdy (albeit large) picture frame.
13. Map Escort Cards
Map covered clothespins = another genius idea from Clementine Weddings.
14. Whimsical Escort Cards with Hearts
If your style is whimsical with heart accents, this escort card collection is perfect for you! I love the typography and vibrant colors.
15. Magnet Escort Cards
Tiny circular magnets can be attached to a metal surface for guests to grab – and reuse on their refrigerator door after the big day. No throwaway cards here!
16. Paper Flower Escort Cards
Want to tie in your love for flowers without the wilt? Go paper! Write guests’ names on the leafs and pin to an embellished cork board for guests to grab + go.
17. Cork Escort Card Holders
Wine themed weddings call for cork-themed details, like these escort cards with cork bottoms. They stand upright and look great with custom calligraphy by The Pampered Paper.
18. Luggage Tag Escort Cards
Love to travel? Get guests in the spirit with these luggage tag escort cards, a favorite of ours from Mavora Art.
19. Escort Card Display with Moss + Rocks
This is one of the best eco-inspired escort card displays I’ve seen yet with moss, rocks, and delicately placed cards.
20. Whimsical Hand-Drawn Escort Cards
I’m not sure what it is about these cards but I was instantly drawn right in… is it the banner? The whimsical hand-drawn calligraphy? All I know is I LOVE these and I’m so happy to have spotted them.
21. Cities of the World Escort Cards
If you’re planning a city-themed wedding – think Paris, New York, or London – consider a thematic escort card to match from Wedding Monograms.
22. Origami Escort Cards
The origami peace crane, now in an escort card form. Love!
23. Nautical Escort Card Display
Planning a nautical wedding? Take a cue from this Real Wedding example and revel in these delightful thematic escort cards. They’re quite perfect.
24. Watercolor Escort Cards
I’m obsessed with all things watercolor lately and these escort cards are no exception! Beautifully done.
25. Escort Card Drink Bottles + Poetry
Last but not least, this escort card find includes drink bottles and framed poetry for a personalized touch.
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Will you be using escort cards at your wedding?