What are Escort Cards and How Do I Use Them?

A crash course in escort cards featuring lots of inspiring examples!

If you've spent time on any of the US wedding blogs, you may have found yourself wondering what exactly are escort cards? It's a question that we get asked quite a bit, so, today. we're breaking it all down for you! Escort Cards aren't quite as popular in the UK and Ireland as they are across the pond, but lately we've seen lots of couples and wedding stylists get creative with them! When it comes to table planning, escort cards can be immensely practical, not to mention beautiful to look at, so, in this post, we're telling you everything you need to know about them!

What Exactly are Escort Cards?

Escort cards look just like placecards, in that they feature the names of your guests, but the crucial difference is that escort cards also communicate which table the guests are sitting at. Rather than leaving them at each place setting, all of the escort cards are arranged near the entrance of the reception space, and your guests pick up the relevant card as they go in. Each escort card includes name of the guest, and the number or name of the table they are to sit at. When guests reach their table, they're usually free to choose their own seat, but, in some cases, the couple arranges for place cards, too. One of our favourite things about escort cards is that they're flexible - if some of your guests inform you at the last minute that they aren't able to make the wedding (which can and does happen!), it's easy to rework your table plan.

Escort Card Styling Ideas

There are lots of gorgeous ways to make escort cards suit the look and feel of your wedding. From planting the cards in pots of flowers, to hanging them on an elaborate ribbon wall, the opportunities really are endless! We've seen everything from marble tiles, mini easels, luggage tags, horse shoes, geodes and cacti used as escort cards, and if you hire a good wedding stylist, they'll be able to come up with even more fabulous ideas! We've seen some lovely DIY examples on our travels, too - click on over to our post on DIY escort cards for some ideas you can tackle yourself! In the mean time, we've gathered a few of our favourite styling ideas here, which we hope will fire up your imagination. Enjoy!

1. Simple and chic, these escort cards were displayed on tree branches with slits for each card. This is such a lovely idea for a rustic, alfresco celebration.

2. How pretty are these calligraphed escort cards? Designed by Joy Proctor Design, they feature a leaf and a dainty bow.

Wedding Escort Cards Ideas | One Fab Day

Image by Hello Posh

3. We're are so smitten with these carrara marble hexagon tile escort cards by Hello Posh. I'd definitely be taking mine home to display in my home after the wedding!

4. These escort cards are actual works of art! We love the celestial feel created by the marbled paint.

Wedding Escort Cards Ideas | One Fab Day

Image by Cameron & Kelly

5. Assorted geodes and gems are a really pretty way to keep your escort cards in place!

6. These unusual butterfly escort cards add an element of whimsy to a wedding reception!

7. A vintage wooden crate, filled to the brim with moss and baby's breath, provides the perfect vessel for these pretty paper escort cards.

Wedding Escort Cards Ideas | One Fab Day

Image by Lotus and Ash

8. We love the olive branch details on these escort cards by Lotus and Ash! And don't even get us started on those white wax seals!

9. Who doesn't love a succulent? This great escort card display means your guests will get a gorgeous wedding favour to take home, too!

10. We're loving these DIY marbled escort card coasters from Green Wedding Shoes, which double as a stylish wedding favour.

Wedding Escort Cards Ideas | One Fab Day

Image by Raymond Hom

11. Your guests would be incredibly impressed with this escort card wall display from Martha Stewart Weddings. It may look complicated, but all you need to create it is paper and tape!

12. These fun escort cards are paint brushes dipped in paint, left to dry, and then signed with the guests' names. Guests matched the colour on their escort card to the colour of the tablecloth in order to find their seat!

13. Locally-sourced, seasonal fruit such as apples, pears, peaches, citrus fruits or pomegranates are perfect for naturalistic escort cards. Simply add a calligraphy card like these ones by Joya Rose.

14. For this flower-filled celebration, paper zinnias by Cheree Berry Paper were calligraphed by Arney Walker Studio to display attendees' names and their table assignments. They were then pinned to a board covered in green fabric to resemble a garden bed!

15. This pretty escort card display comprises pastel escort cards and personalised thank you notes for each guest.

16. This idea is for flower lovers! Why not display your escort cards in mini vases with a few pretty little blooms popped in?

17. Cards with mini pegs on a ribbon installation is one of the simplesy but most effective escort card ideas we've seen.

18. Here, the humble apple gets the escort card treatment with the addition of a simple paper flag.

19. These escort cards were cleverly displayed on champagne glasses! Don't mind if I do!

20. Fresh potted herbs are a really fun way to display escort cards. They also make gorgeous wedding favours!

Featured image credit: Christina McNeill

Looking for more unique wedding inspiration? There's lots more wedding ideas in our wedding décor section.


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