What is an Escort Card?
You may be asking yourself what an escort card is and why do you care. Escort cards are commonly mistakenly referred to as place cards. Escort cards are placed in a central location at your reception venue, typically near the entrance of the event. They contain the names of your guests along with a table number where they should be seated. It is appropriate to place couples names together on an escort card reading something like “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” or if children are included “Smith Family”.
Unlike escort cards, place cards should only contain one name each. Once an escort card has guided your guests to the proper table, the place cards on the table will direct them to their assigned seat. It is perfectly acceptable to use escort cards but not to use place cards if you want to allow your guests the freedom to select their own seats at the table.
So, when should you use escort cards? They should be used for any formal seated dinner where to you want to make sure certain parties are seated together and you want to maximize your seating capacity. Without using escort cards, you cannot be assured that every seat at a table will be utilized in a manner that doesn’t force some of your parties to split up and be seated separately.
Place cards should be used if your guests were allowed a menu choice and have placed their order in advance. With the use of place cards, you can let the serving staff know who gets what meal by either a detailed seating chart or by making some indication on the place card itself.
After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Laura Hearon joined NASA's best & brightest as a Mission Planner at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. After the birth of her first child, Laura decided to put her outstanding organizational skills and planning ability to use on behalf of brides throughout the Houston area as a wedding planner.