I have a lot of brides asking me what the difference between escort cards and place cards are. It can be confusing at first, but once it’s explained, it’s pretty easy to understand.
Escort cards are used to let each guest know what table they are assigned to. They are typically found on a table outside of the banquet room in which the wedding reception will be held.
Place cards are used to let your guests know their assigned seat. They are found on the table at the place assigned to the guest.
The wording that you would use on each escort card is the guests’ name and then table number (or the table to which they have been assigned). This is how the names would be written:
- John Smith– the full name of your single guest
- Dr & Mrs. John Smith – for a married couple
- Jane Brown & Guest – if an invitee has brought with them a guest whose name you do not know
Here are a few examples of creative escort cards that I’ve found at one of my favorite blogs, Oh So Beautiful Paper.