We love finding ways to save you time, money, and stress while planning your wedding. When Stacy wrote us asking about escort cards, we couldn’t wait to swoop in and give her this awesome card alternative (for couples who want something different). She writes,
“Hi Emmaline, I’m looking for escort cards but I’m already at the top of my budget. Are escort cards required? Should I make them myself?”
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Wedding Seating Charts
Hi, Stacy! Thanks for writing. Great question: escort cards, while lovely, can add up in cost, especially if you have a budget and a guest list upwards of a hundred guests. The truth is, an escort card is only used for a few moments as guests glance at the cards, grab theirs, and make a beeline to their seats. Now, we’re not anti- escort cards around here (there are some gorgeous ideas out there), but we’re all for staying on budget and keeping your sanity. So, if you’re okay with skipping the traditional cards, do this instead: get a seating chart!
A seating chart is a large poster-sized print which outlines each table and guests’ names at each. It is usually displayed on an easel (grab an inexpensive easel like this, or ask your venue if they have one you can borrow) and placed near the entrance of your reception site. Since the seating chart is one giant print (and not a hundred or more tented cards), you can skip the headache of hand-writing or printing one card for guest, placing them in alphabetical order, and finding a well-lit place to arrange them for guests. A seating chart is much easier — and cost-effective, too. We spotted this seating chart as one example over at Paper Bound Love. There are tons of color options available, too, to make it your own.
Here’s another style (floral wreath):
You can find out more about these seating charts here.
Hope it helps!