Ooh the joys of wedding planning and the things that you don’t think of until it comes down to the nitty gritty details. When we decided to have our reception at Lovett Hall, the choice for dinner is a plated service, which means servers will be bringing out the food to each of our guests. To make things easier for the servers, and so our guests don’t need to be bombarded with “chicken or beef” or worse, changing what they originally marked on their rsvp card, we have to come up with a way to tell the servers what the guests ordered.

Which brings me to how I’m trying to decide how to come up with a solution. There are a few main options:

1. Escort Card: The classic escort card is a small envelope with the guest’s name on the outside, while their table number is on the inside. The nice thing about this is that you can literally switch people’s table numbers around till the last moment. The bad thing is that you can’t really prop little envelopes up, so they’re going to lay flat, unless I get something to prop them up.

2. Place Card: It’s a small tent card that has the guest’s name on it and is placed at the exact place setting on the table that has been decided by the bride and groom.

Basically, the escort card is there to usher the guest to the table, and the place card is to designate a specific seat at the table. Nowadays, with us modern folks changing things around and merging things together, “place cards” have turned into the escort card. When guests enter into the reception area, there is normally a table with all the tent cards arranged out, and the guests will go find their name and table number all on one card.

We definitely need to have escort cards, but we are not assigning specific seats.