what is the difference between an escort card and a place card?
April 19, 2008 | 0 comments
I get this question a lot. Before we post our escort/place cards, I'd like to clear up the difference between an escort card and a place card. Not to mention, a table card! Escort Cards escort your guest to their table. Usually placed at the entrance to the reception on a table, hanging from a tree, floating in a fountain...These can be a card with their name and table number written on it, or an envelope with their name written on it. When the envelope is opened, the guest sees an enclosure with their table number written on it. When they get to the table... the guest can either place their card at any place setting at that table if you don't have a preference to where they sit, or they then see a Place Card at an individual setting, usually on the plate or stuck into a place card holder. Depending on your theme, this could be a flower, wine cork, small silver holder, etc. A Table Card is a larger card which indicates the number or name of the table. It can coordinate with your existing artwork or theme and can be placed in the center of the table, identifying it. It can be placed in a frame, holder or nestled in one of the floral arrangements. Since each card is different, it makes sense to have your stationer print blanks that a calligrapher writes the name or number upon. Or just take blank colored paper coordinating with your reception and print large numbers right off your own inkjet printer. Paper Source has a great color palette, just order the cover, which is a thicker cardstock (80 lb). Hope that clears things up and tune in Monday for the first shot in our series of collaborations featuring escort/place cards!