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Place Cards v Escort Cards

Escort Cards and Place Cards: What’s the difference?

If you’re asking yourself ‘is there a difference between escort cards v place cards?’ The answer is yes. There is. Though its easy to confuse the two.

Despite appearances the two are not interchangeable. As this article from Brides.Com explains, they have quite separate – albeit complementary functions.

Escort Cards

When I attended the wedding of a cousin across the pond, the couple placed all the name cards on a table. Each guest had to find the card with their name on it – and the table they were sat at. They then sat in whatever place they chose.

That’s the escort card’s purpose in a nutshell and you can see how they’ll work well for an informal or small wedding. If what you want is to direct your guests to a particular table and let them choose their own seats then the escort card fits the bill.

Because you’re leaving your guests to select their own place at their designated table, the escort card is the more casual option.

Place Cards

The place card, on the other hand, does what it says on the tin.

Place Cards | Fabulous Functions UK At the entrance to the wedding breakfast room there’s a table plan of some sort indicating a table number for each guest. Placed on every setting, the place cards mark where individual guests are to seat.

For a large wedding this is quite the best system for making sure everyone sits where you want them to. But whether your wedding is large or small and intimate, if assigned seating is what you want then place cards are the best choice.

Going both ways?

You can of course always use both – though you might consider that to be over-egging the pudding.

Display the escort cards at the entrance to your reception area or wedding breakfast room so your guests can see what table they’re assigned to.

Then, on the tables themselves, the place cards inform the guest where they’re to sit.

Channel your creativity

The place card is a great opportunity to be creative. You can attach them to favours, tuck them into a slit cut into a wine cork or simply stand them up. The only limits here are your imagination – and your budget.

In our recent blog about choosing an alternative to Champagne for the wedding toasts, we wrote about a wedding that combined the drink with the wedding favour. In similar vein, there’s scope for doing something similar with your place cards.

For instance, these pretty Agate slices available on our sister website.

When engraved with the guests’ names agate slice place cards and guest favour | The Fab Gift Boutique | Swindon| Wiltshirethey’re an unusual place card that does double duty as a wedding favour.

Agate’s name, is derived from the place of its discovery: the Achates river in Sciliy. According to the meaning of crystals, agate has an energy that is strengthening and stabilizing and will assist in balancing and giving direction to your energies. Totally  appropriate for a wedding, don’t you think?

What are your thoughts on using both place cards and escort cards? An unnecessary expense? Or a good way to make sure the hours you’ve spent labouring over your table plan don’t go to waste by avoiding any chance of confusion?

You can find us on all the usual social media channels or drop us an email at   We’d love to know your thoughts on the  choice of escort cards v place cards. Are they something that interests you?

Until next time,


Photos curtesy of Blade Photography and Barefoot Photography

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