First things first: what’s the difference between a place card and an escort card? While both are meant to help guide guests on your big day, place cards designate specific seats for guests. For sit-down receptions, a place card can also indicate which meal guests are receiving without interrupting any conversation.
Think of escort cards as the more casual option that helps guide guests to a pre-assigned table, but gives them the freedom to choose their seat. Leaving escort cards arranged on a welcome table is perfectly acceptable. But, if you’re feeling extra creative, below you’ll find 20 unique escort card ideas that will not only help direct guests at your wedding but also add to the aesthetic of your special day.
Attached to a Straw
Planning to serve signature cocktails at your reception? Why not start the evening off right by advising wedding guests to pick up a straw which will have their escort card attached to it. If you are having a tropical beach wedding, you could use bright fluorescent straws, or even attach the card to drink parasails.
Attached to Succulents
Purchase little terra cotta pots or tins to match your wedding color scheme and pot your succulents. In each pot, place an escort card attached to a toothpick. You can also use a clothespin to fasten the card. These are perfect for an elegant garden wedding and can double as a wedding favor! When guests sit down at their table, it’ll add some extra greenery, too.
Attached to a Lollipop Stem
Find lollipops that are in your wedding colors and attach your escort cards with a coordinating bow. Lollipops are naturally cheery and playful and are perfect for a modern spring or summer wedding. Finish this escort card display idea off by placing all the lollipops upright in a bed of moss or a strip of grass for a secure and upright display that’s as pretty as it is useful.
Hanging From a Vine
Perfect for a rustic wedding, try hanging a long piece of greenery between two trees or in a door frame. You may want to ask your florist to create something or you can turn the idea into a fun DIY project. We like a combination like eucalyptus and fir for contrast. Along the vine, use mini clothespins to pin the escort cards in place. Alternatively, attach vines to hang down from a branch or a frame and pin your wedding stationery that way.
Attached to a Christmas Tree
If you’re having a holiday winter wedding, think about wedding escort card ideas that tie in with the season. One option is to creatively use a Christmas tree as a way to display them. Use a variety of paper and ribbon colors to assemble your cards, which will make the tree more colorful. Alternatively, have silver or gold ornaments made with each guest’s name and table number on them. It will be fun for guests to look for their names while taking in the scent of pine. They can then keep the ornament for their own tree at home!
Attached to a Pinboard
Pinboards are used often at weddings (to display photo collages, messages from guests, etc.) but there are a million and one ways to make them unique. If you’re looking for a modern look, order a collection of flat leather squares in a color that matches your wedding theme. Have a calligrapher write each guests’ name and table number assignment in gold or silver font atop each leather square. Pin up the leather cards in a pattern that is geometric and photo-worthy.
Hanging From a Chandelier
Perfect for a formal or traditional wedding, your guests will be surprised and delighted when they see that the chandelier doubles as an escort card display, where the crystal droplets are etched with seating assignments. This by far has to be one of the most glamorous escort card ideas on our list.
Geodes On a Wall
If you’re having a bohemian-themed wedding, chances are you’re bringing in some celestial elements. So what better way to lead people to their tables than with geodes that have their names and table number engraved in them? Select pieces that match your wedding colors and display them creatively on a wooden wall decorated in greenery as an added statement piece.
In A Bed of Sea Glass
If you’re having a beach wedding, try tying the theme in with your escort cards too. Find an elegant try or trough and fill it with sea glass. Next, line up the escort cards in the pebbles of smooth glass. This makes for a beautiful and dramatic display in addition to being a functional piece for guests to locate their seating arrangement for dinner.
Nestled in a Pinecone
For couples who love the outdoors and are having a woodsy wedding, nestle your escort cards to stand up in pine cones. Place them on a table covered in a rustic woolen blanket or cloth to really add to the look. If you’re having your wedding in the winter, you can make your pine cones appear dusted with snow by brushing them with hodge-podge and then covering them with Epsom salt!
Tucked in Luggage Tags
If you’re a jet-setting duo, hosting a destination wedding, or have friends coming from near and far, incorporate a travel theme into your wedding. Wedding escort card ideas like wrapping their table assignment information in a custom-made luggage tag are both fashionable and functional! The loop on the luggage tag also makes it easy to hang them from a pinboard or from strings on a wall.
As a Cocktail Flag or Champagne Flag
Planning a fairy tale event by the sea? A nautical-themed wedding is beautifully inspired by different aspects of sailing, including the sails themselves. Escort display ideas for a nautical wedding include name tags shaped like sails resting in champagne glasses. This treatment encourages guests to pick up a drink and take it to their table for the first toast. Consider choosing one of your wedding colors to be displayed as the primary flag color.
Pinned to a Bed of Flowers
If the wedding setting is glitz and glam, then make the escort card display a jaw-dropping statement of elegance. Use a large ornate gilded frame covered in flowers and pin the escort cards into the bed of flowers for a beautiful statement. Your florist will be able to suggest the perfect wedding flowers to use and help piece together the look.
Aligned on Notched Wooden Log
If you are inspired by natural elements, consider featuring your escort cards cut into tree branches with exposed bark. Draw from the locale of your wedding when deciding which wood to use. For a Colorado wedding, limbs from an aspen tree can remind guests of their location. Mango wood or koa wood would compliment a Hawaiian wedding. From a sustainability standpoint, look to only feature wood and limbs that have naturally fallen.
Attached to Figurines
Add a level of playfulness to your wedding with added details like these. Punch a hole in your escort cards and loop a piece of colorful string that matches your wedding colors through it. On the other side, connect the card to a small animal figurine. This escort idea works great for a whimsical wedding, where there are some elements of fairy-tale and wonderland. Use figurines of small woodland creatures and perhaps some made-up animals too. Spray paint them gold or silver to add a level of shine to the display.
Hanging From Bottles
These escort cards are perfect for a vintage Great Gatsby-style wedding. Reference the art-deco look by arranging a bunch of bottles of varying sizes and colors. Consider perfume bottles, mini liquor bottles with great details, and antique medicine containers. Punch holes in your escort cards and loop string or lace through each one so you can hang the escort card around the neck of the bottle. Arrange the bottles on a table covered in a geometric pattern.
Tucked In Baskets of Seasonal Fruit
If you’re planning a barn wedding or one that’s out in the country, a simple and beautiful way to display escort cards is by finding an antique chest of drawers and filling it with containers of cherries, strawberries, or grapes. From there stick escort cards in each container. Try and pick up the fruit at a local farm or roadside stand, which will give your guests a taste of the local crops. Not only is it colorful and bright, but it’s also creative and inexpensive.
Placed In Wine Corks
For breathtaking vineyard weddings, try incorporating wine into the escort card display by cutting a slit in wine corks and sliding escort cards into the gap. Lined up in rows on a table, the escort cards will look elegant and tie in perfectly with the theme of the day.
Attached To a Pumpkin
Autumn weddings are beautiful for many reasons, including the seasonal colors. Pumpkins are a cheery way to attract guests to an escort card table and attaching escort cards to the top of the pumpkin stems is a cute look. As guests arrive at their tables, the pumpkins will add another layer of decoration to the table, too.
Resting In a Library Card Catalog
Find a vintage card catalog and fill some of the drawers with flowers and others with escort cards. This idea can work for so many wedding themes! It is darling, sweet, and also versatile enough to be modern and moody. Don’t be surprised if this display idea receives some compliments.