Macy from Enchanting Events and Design is here to tell us the difference between escort cards and place cards: "Let's chat about the difference between escort cards and place cards. If you are thinking “wait, there is a difference?” you are definitely in the majority. Most people don’t realize they are separate things and serve different purposes. There are a few reasons you should have both, and also reasons where you don’t need one of them.
Place cards are for the table setting. These are generally found on or around the seat where the guest should be sitting. Place cards are a way to indicate the meal a person should receive, and/or which seat they should occupy at a specific table.
Escort cards are most often found all together on an escort table or in an escort area. They are used to guide each guest to their table around the reception space.
A few occasions when you should have both:
- If you have a large guest count it’s nice to make sure couples will be sitting directly next to each other. Sometimes a few people will sit down at a table and not pay attention to the single chairs on either side. This can be avoided by having both types of cards.
- Plated meal with more than one meal option. Did you have guests select which meal they would like to have? This is when that will come into play. Place cards will help the servers know who ordered which specific meal.
When is it okay to just have one? Which one should you have?
I always recommend having escort cards. Even with a small number of guests it helps the reception stay organized and be ready quickly. When there isn’t a seating chart you may end up with chairs moved around, some guests not comfortable with where they need to sit, or even running out of space. By creating a seating chart beforehand and then creating escort cards you are saving yourself, your vendors and your guests the trouble of doing the guess work."
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