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Fun and unique ways to guide your guests to their tables!
1. Magnetic Field
Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography
A modern twist on the refigerator magnet, this is a fun way for guests to find their seats.
2. Dog-loving Cards
Photo by Caroline Tran Photography
Animal lovers, let these precious pooches capture the hearts of your guests.
3. Rustic Keys
Photo by Christa Elyce Photography
Your guests hold the key to their seats with this adorable DIY touch.
4. Clothes Line
Photo by Jeff Loves Jessica
Put a twist on this old-fashioned drying technique by using it as a modern way for guests to find their tables.
5. Flower Pots
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
Bring your reception to life with springtime pastel flowers and fancy calligraphy to get people into their seats.
6. Luggage Tags
Photo by KT Merry Photography
Transform never-before used luggage identifiers into escort cards, the perfect accent to a rustic southern wedding.
7. Dangling Diamonds
Photo by Landon Jacob Photography
Hang paper cut-outs with ribbon from the branch of a tree over head and have guests search for their names.
8. Brown Paper Packages
Photo by Millie Holloman Photography
The calligraphy on each packaged escort card adds a touch of elegance to a rustic display.
9. Chalk It Out
Photo by Hello Studios Photography
These easy, mini blackboards are a creative touch for a DIY-inspired wedding.
10. Go Graphic
Photo by Amelia Lyon Photography
These bold graphic designs will catch the eys of your guests and allow them to easily find their name and number.
11. Lock It Up
Photo by Meg Perotti Photography
Your guests can unlock the mystery of their seat all on their own with these glam lock & key sets.
12. Mini Compass
Photo by Millie Holloman Photography
This mini compass will be essential in finding the proper seat, especially if you've got a lot of of guests and tables to maneuver.
13. Plane Tickets
Photo by Spindle Photography
A fun idea for a destination wedding or couples who caught the travel bug, give guests one-way tickets to their assigned tables.
BROWSE MORE ESCORT CARD IDEAS
As we've already seen, there are plenty of clever ways to mix things up when it comes to your wedding guestbook. Let's take a look at a few more unique ideas creative couples have come up with!
Photo by Orange Turtle Photography
1. Globe - This is a fabulous idea whether you have guests coming in from all over the world, are planning a destination wedding, or just want to incorporate your love for travel into your big day.
Photo by Cuppa Photography
2. Guitar - Have guests put their signatures on a physical representation of a hobby or interest that's unique to you as a couple. We've seen this done with everything from records to oars.
Photo by Maria Mack Photography
3. Tree Slice - These wooden slabs are often incorporated into rustic wedding decor, and they also make fun, festive guestbooks!
Photo by Katelyn James
4. Thumbprint Tree - Instead of signing their names, have guests make their mark with colorful thumbprints! After the wedding, you'll be left with a fun, meaningful piece of art to frame and display in your home.
Photo by Amore Events by Cody, LLC
5. Cornhole Board - Cornhole has proven to be a very popular lawn game in recent years, with couples getting customized sets made for their big day. Make your cornhole game even more special by asking guests to sign or write special messages on the boards!
Be sure to check out even more guestbook ideas from real weddings here!
When it comes time to escort your guests to their seats at the reception, it becomes a difficult task. You have a herd of (hungry and thirsty) people trying to find their names on either cards, tags, or better yet charts. To eliminate some stress, display your seating arrangements during cocktail hour so that they can take their time to look. Here are a few creative ideas that come to our minds:
1. Framed Chart - Accessorize with tassel balloons to create a focal point.
Photo: Daniel Kim Photography
2. Window - Rent or purchase a reclaimed antique window and handwrite guests' names in each pane.
Photo: Richard Ellis Photography
3. Wooden Door - Hang different sized frames on a wooden door for a vintage-inspired touch.
Photo: Crystal Satriano Photography
4. Poster Board - Instead of listing guests' names under each table number, why not alphabetize?
Photo: Retrospect Images
5. Chalkboard - Name your seating arrangement something unique like "trailhead."
Photo: Wren Photography
6. Clothespins and Tags - An easy DIY project if you're on the prowl!
Photo: Angela & Evan Photography
7. Books - Fit for your literary-theme, gather your favorite reads for guests to see.
Photo: Sherri J. Photography
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Incorporate fresh flowers at your reception, in an unexpected way, by creating these floral push pins and eucalyptus escort cards. Guests will be thrilled to hunt for their name and table number when greeting by this fall foliage.
Materials: Scissors Glue Gun Sharpie or Paint Pen Flat Top Thumb Tacks Eucalyptus Leaves Number Stickers Small Manilla Gift Tags Assorted Fall Foliage Strawflowers Heather Step One: Start by adding small number stickers to the bottom center of a stack of gift tags. These numbers will correspond with the table number at which each guest will be seated. Step Two: Next, cut a small or medium sized eucalyptus leaf from a larger stem and write your guest's names on the leaf with a marker or paint pen. Step Three: Then, start putting the pieces together. Poke the eucalyptus stem through the hole at the top of your gift tag. Cut a small sprig of heather and poke it through the hole as well. Set aside. Step Four: Now it's time to make the flower thumbtacks. Cut the stems completely off of the strawflowers, to provide a nice flat surface under the bloom for the thumbtack. Then, using a glue gun, apply a generous amount of glue to the underside of the strawflowers and attach the flat part of the thumbtack to the hot glue. Wait for the glue to dry for a few minutes before handling. Step Five: Now you have a flower push pin to attach the escort cards to a fabric-covered cork board, as guests enter the reception area. Poke the push pin through the top of the eucalyptus leaf and gift tag and you are done. Guests will find their tables quickly and easily, and at the end of the night, they can take their escort card home as a souvenir. Strawflowers dry out very easily, so it's a great memento that guests can keep to remember your special day.
It's the little details that guests will notice during the wedding reception (besides the food and drinks), which means your table names are no exception. You could take the easy route and do numbers but show off you personality as a couple with names. Here are 5 examples:
Cities and States - Do you both love to travel? Show your guests your favorite vacation spots! See more of Amber & Brett's real wedding here.
Photo: Weston Neuschafer Photography
Sports - Whether it's football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, or tennis, use professional player's last names. See more of Lydia & Bill's real wedding here.
Photo: Genesa Richards Photography
Biblical Virtues - Faith, respect, joy, compassion, perserverance, humility, hope, gratitude -- the options are endless. See more of Helen and Sam's real wedding here.
Photo: Jamie Delanie Photography
Pets - If your venue doesn't allow pets on-site, then include them by having their photos instead. See more of Sara & Jeremiah's real wedding here.
Photo: Jillian Mitchell Photography
Cultures - Pay homage to your families' roots by using your second language such as Spanish. See more of Rebecca and Mark's real wedding here.
Photo: Shelly Kroeger Photography
Personality makes any wedding shine, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune! Whether you're whimsical, romantic, modern, classic, or anywhere in between, get creative in your stationery, including your ceremony programs. Here are three of our favorites:
Illustrations - This ceremony program serves as double-duty! Since it's a fan, it keeps guests cool but also provides pictures of the wedding party participants. That way no one will be playing the name game.
Photo: Aaron Watson Photography
Booklets - Make it interactive! DIY a booklet that has three different tabs: the ceremony timeline, wedding party, and sincere thanks.
Photo: Brooke Images
FAQs- Two families becoming one means that not everyone will know each other. So give guests a bit of background about yourselves: your first date, your proposal story, your favorite food, sports, or hobbies, or even your dreams.
Photo: Erin Lindsey Images
Photo by Katie Osgood
You’ve spent so much time planning your wedding events, so it’s essential that your guests have enough notice so they can plan to attend! There’s a fine line to giving your guests enough advanced notice and sending your invitations too far ahead of time so that people forget to RSVP. Here are a few guidelines.
Set up a wedding website right away. As soon as you set a date, create a wedding website so that you’ll have a home base for all of your wedding and travel information. You can send out the link to your guests via email, or include it on your save-the-date.
Save-the-dates If you’re having a destination wedding where most of your guests will have to travel, we recommend sending your save-the-dates at least eight months in advance – even up to a year if possible. You’ll want to include all the pertinent travel and accommodations information so that your guests can book right away. If you’re having a hometown wedding with little travel involved, send your save-the-dates at least six months in advance.
Bridal Shower Invitations and Other Pre-Wedding Events Bridal shower invitations are usually mailed out three to four weeks in advance – same goes for engagement parties. Set the RSVP date for one to two weeks in advance of the big day.
Wedding Invitations Wedding invitations should be mailed out six to eight weeks before the wedding date. Ask your guests to return their RSVP cards by at least two weeks, preferably three, before the wedding date so that you and your vendors have enough time to create table assignments, escort cards, etc.
Rehearsal Dinner and Post-Wedding Brunch The rehearsal dinner invitations should be mailed out separately a few days – no more than a week - following the wedding invitations so guests can make travel plans accordingly. If you’re having a post-wedding brunch that everyone is invited to, feel free to include a card with your wedding invitations and on your wedding website, too.
Looking for more wedding stationery ideas? Follow our Stationery Editor for lots of great ideas!
Guestbooks are the perfect reminder of who attended your wedding, so why not provide them with an interactive assignment that's creative:
Photo: Weston Neuschafer Photography
Mad Libs - Ask guests to fill out Mad Libs-esque cards that gives you with marriage advice -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Photo: Gray Photography
Monogram Letter - Ask guests to write well wishes on a monogram wooden letter of your new last name that you can hang in your home.
Photo: A. Blake Photography
Wine Bottles - Ask guests to sign your favorite bottles of wine that you can read when you open them on your 1st, 5th. 10th, and 15th anniversaries.
Photo: Katie Osgood
Puzzle Pieces - Have one of your engagment pictures printed onto a puzzle, then ask guests to pick a piece to claim as their own.
Photo: Robert Sukrachand Photography
Recipes - No kitchen is complete without recipes! Ask guests to fill out a recipe card with their favorite appetizer, entree, or dessert.
Whether you're having 50 guests or 250 guests, escort cards don't just help them find their seats; they help start a conversation. Need inspiration? Right this way:
Photo: Krista A. Jones Photography
Picture Frame - String escort cards within a picture frame to create a old-world, European vibe.
Photos (from left to right): Orange Turtle Photography and Erin Lindsey Images
Bulltetin Board - Use different textures and shapes like fabric flowers and hearts pinned to bulletin boards.
Photos (from left to right): Richard Ellis Photography and Annie Robert Photography
Windows- Transform a window using a white paint pen to write guests' names and table numbers.
Photo: Gray Photography
Tree Bark - Place escort cards into scored tree logs to fit your rustic theme.
Photos (from left to right): onelove photography and Ashley Rose Photography
Vintage Keys - Wrap ribbon around keys to fit your vintage theme.
Photo: Sarah Maren Photographers
Puzzle Pieces - Entertain your guests by giving each one a piece to your engagement picture puzzle.
Photo: Jeff Loves Jessica
Clothespins - Hang escort cards (or even photos) from clothespins within two wooden ladders.
Photos (from left to right): Sharon Elizabeth Photography and Kurt Boomer Photo
Shutters - Sit shabby-chic shutters upright in a zig-zag pattern with escort cards in between slats.
Photo: Taylor Whitham Photography
Wine Corks - Collect wine bottle corks leading up to your big day and re-purpose as escort card holders.
Project Design and Styling by: Victoria Hudgins Photography by: Pictilio Lead your guests to their tables in style with these simple and bright stack escort cards. They are an affordable way to get everyone where they need to go and look like their own little works of art, especially when combined with a simple succulent table display. To make the stacked paper escort cards you'll need thick sheets of wrapping paper in colors that coordinate with your wedding day, wooden skewers, hot glue, a paper cutter, scissors and a pretty pen. Start by cutting the wrapping paper into evenly sized horizontal strips, each measuring about a half an inch in height. A paper cutter will speed up this process and help you achieve clean, straight edges. Next, use scissors to cut your strips into smaller pieces of varied lengths. Each piece should measure between two and five inches long. Cut as many strips as there are wedding guests. Once you have cut enough strips, group them by number of guests at each table, making sure each group has a nice mix of colors and lengths. Using your pretty pen, write out each table number and all of your guests' names. Stack your strips vertically along the wooden skewers with the table number at the very top. Wrap the strip ends around the skewers and secure with hot glue. Ta da! Enjoy showcasing your pretty and functional display on your special day!