Place cards vs. Escort cards - what's the difference?
For most of us when we see a tented card with the name of a wedding guest on it we assume that it's a place card. Oh wait, or is that an escort card? Do you understand the difference?
I've been seeing the terms "place card" and "escort card" used interchangeably as if they are the same thing but actually they are not the same and they serve different purposes. The truth is that it can be a little confusing. Even I became confused when looking at pictures on Pintrest and other websites where there was a picture and it was categorized under place card, when really it was an escort card. So, I decided to clearly spell it out here just what the differences are between place cards and escort cards ... oh and how they work with table cards and a seating chart.
The picture below with David Francis and Addis Francis is an example of place cards. The card has the guests name but no table number. The place card is set strategically at the guests designated seat at the guests designated table. To help guests find their seat there is usually a seating chart letting guests know what table they are at. This is where the table card comes in; each table has one whether it is numbered or customized with a name guiding your guest to their seat.
In the first picture the place card is used from our June Bride of the Month and the second set of pictures with seating chart is from our October Bride of the Month. The beautiful photographs of the seating chart and table setting are by Jacque Lynn Photography. Click on a link to see more about our brides.
Below is an example of escort cards. Note that the name of the guest is printed but also there is a table number included. In this particular instance the table number is printed on the inside of the card but it could have been on the front as well and still be an escort card. The accompanying table card indicates the table just like with place cards. A table alphabetically displaying all of the escort cards is strategically placed at the entrance to the reception and guests simply look for their name then take the escort card and find the table they are assigned to. Once at the table guest can seat themselves anywhere at the designated table.
In some cases a bride will use both escort cards and place cards. Escort cards would be displayed at the entrance to the reception exactly like in the description above for escort cards - but when the guest arrived at their designated table they would find that each seat at the table has been assigned and they would find the seat at the table with the place card for their seat.
Table cards are simply an indication of what each table has been named or numbered. In the set above the bride and groom chose to name the tables after sports teams. We've also used names of flowers and names of ski resorts for table cards. Personalizing your table cards can be a fun way to interject the personality of the bride and groom into you wedding.
An easy way to remember the difference is a place card does just that, puts you in a specific place. An escort card "escorts" you to a table or tells you where to go.
Whether it’s a wedding or a formal event hosts everywhere are always coming up with creative ways to use place cards and escort cards. So depending on how big or small your event is using place cards/escort cards or both is always a great idea to help guest feel comfortable at finding just where they fit in.
Custom Halloween Invitations!
It’s that time of season when the weather cools down, leaves begin to change and if feels like fall. For most of us it means HALLOWEEN and finding the perfect costume for that amazing party you’ll be attending! For us at Ann Elizabeth it also means creating the perfect invitation for your Halloween party! A creative and professional Halloween party invitation is a great way to get all your friends excited to show off their costume and role play their character for one night.
We thought we would spotlight one of our all time favorite Halloween invitations this week to show you just how good looking a Halloween invitation can be. This invitation definitely gives that creepy vibe from the webbing print on the envelope to the black spider and web on the main piece. The invitation itself has a nice, thick feel with it’s multiple layers; also giving it extra pops of metallic color. This invitation surely grabs the guests attention and gets them in the mood for some Halloween fun!
So if you're planning a Halloween party and need the perfect invite call the experts at Ann Elizabeth and let us help you knock the socks of your friends with an amazing custom invitation!
We’re excited to have Lea Simmons-Hedstrom as our October Bride of the Month! Lea’s down to earth personality and love for nature’s beauty really showed throughout her invitations suite and into the décor and setting of her venue. Her simple, yet elegant, design for her invitations complemented the warm colors and soft texture of the paper pairing it perfectly with Log Haven's beautiful backdrops. Lea’s amazing team of vendors like Michelle Leo Events, Jacque Lynn Photography, Sax Romney, and Layers Cake made this wedding a favorite in our book!
Interviewer: How is married life and do you feel any different?
Lea: Married life is amazing! I feel truly blessed to have found the perfect life partner and we couldn’t be happier. We had such an amazing relationship before the wedding and nothing really feels any different…other than getting used to saying a new last name.
Interviewer: Where did you get your inspiration from when designing your invitations and did you know exactly what you wanted or did you have a bunch of ideas?
Lea: I searched many different websites including Pinterest and came across a photographers blog in California who had the most beautiful pictures of weddings in vineyards. I fell in love with one of the weddings and took a lot of ideas from that wedding. We wanted a "winery meets the mountains" style of wedding.
Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Lea: The TWIG!! I had seen a twig when I was searching for ideas almost a year before our wedding and I had my heart set on having the perfect twig on the invitations. I wanted something simple and elegant to bring a little of Utah and the outdoors to our invitations and Ann found the absolute perfect twig for me. I was so excited when she sent it; I called my mom right away to tell her!
Interviewer: Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Lea: I had talked to a lot of my friends and family about them when they received them and they loved the colors and said the style seemed to fit my personality perfectly. I had a friend tell me the invitation looked exactly like me! I also had a lot of compliments on the pocket on the invitation. It seemed it was easy for everyone to keep everything together. I didn’t realize how handy that would turn out.
Interviewer: Some brides take the theme of their invitation and tie it into their wedding decor did you use anything from your invitation?
Lea: We had Ann design the invitation as well as a thank you note to tie together with ribbon on the place settings that had the same twig as the invitations. Which again I LOVED! The color and style of paper was the same. We felt the style worked perfectly at Log Haven.
Interviewer: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your wedding?
Lea: Yes, it was the perfect way to tie together elegance, simplicity and nature. Our wedding was at Log Haven which has such an elegant romantic log cabin feel.
Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Lea: Don’t get overwhelmed by Pinterest!!! When I started looking at ideas I was so overwhelmed with all of the options. I would advise brides to maybe pick a single idea or theme and then start searching for ideas on Pinterest or in magazines that match the theme. It was also very helpful to have the initial invitation consultation with Ruth who was able to show me several examples. It’s a good place to start. Go with what fits your personality and have fun with it!
Interviewer: How would you describe your wedding day and was there anything that happened that you didn’t expect - good or bad?
Lea: I don’t even know how to express how amazing our wedding day/weekend was. We had perfect weather and all of our close family and friends were able to come from out of state to support us. The scenery at Log Haven just made it so magical. We had a waterfall, mountains, trees and beautiful flowers everywhere, what could be more romantic?! I was so stressed out that week thinking that nothing would come together as I had planned and I remember seeing the bus arrive with our guests and it hit me that everything was falling into place perfectly. I’m usually in charge of everything so letting other people take the reigns was difficult for me. We had such an amazing team that literally gave 500% and had everything set up better than I could ever have imagined. Our photographer took us in to do a look at the dining room before all of our guests came in and I broke down in tears when I saw how beautiful it was. It was my fairytale wedding for sure.
Interviewer: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth and our proofing system?
Lea: It was such a pleasure to work with everyone at Ann Elizabeth. Ruth is an absolute doll! I don’t know what I would have done without out her. Every time I received a proof I was so excited because it just kept getting better and kept turning out exactly the way I had envisioned. I would hope that every bride could have the opportunity to find Ann Elizabeth.
Interviewer: Lea it was a pleasure working with you throughout the whole process and we are thrilled to have you as our October Bride of the Month!
See something above that you've absolutely got to have for your wedding? We're making it easy for you. Below is a list of Lea's vendors:
Venue: Log Haven
Photographer: Jacque Lynn Photography
Wedding Planner: Michelle Leo Events
Wedding Gown: Bought at Nordstrom Designer Carmen Marc Valvo
Flowers: Sax Romney
Cake and macaroons: Layers Cake
String quartet: Green Light Booking
DJ: Rob Ferre with Life of the Party
Invitations and printed reception items: Ann Elizabeth