Escort cards and place cards and seating charts… Oh my!

Hello there! It’s ideas time – and a little explanation about the options for seating your wedding guests on the blog today. Will you choose place cards, escort cards or a seating plan – or should you have all three! The answer is no – and today’s guest blogger Jessica is here to explain all. Enjoy! Claire xxx

There are so many choices out there for how to seat guests on your wedding day. Some brides are lost as to what escort cards are, or at least a little confused about the difference between them and place cards. Aren’t they both there to help your guests find their seats? Yes! But they are, in fact, two completely different things. Simply put, escort cards guide your guests to their designated table, while place cards help guests find their assigned seat or should we say “place”?!! But then there are seating charts too…

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Wedding escort cards ideas – Photo credits: (From the top, left to right) Kolen Photography | design copyright Tantawan Bloom, Inc., 2012, Arnold Brower Photography | Kate Headley Photography

Escort cards

We love escort cards, not only are they practical but are a great way to add that all important attention-to-detail to your wedding day and showcase your personal style. Also, depending on how creative you get, they can be a real treat for your guests. Be sure to display the names in alphabetical order so that the cards are easy for your guests to find!

A popular choice with our clients, is to have a pretty tree and hang escort cards from the branches. For something really unique, try having a water fountain feature, floating the cards on saucers.


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Wedding place card ideas – Photo credits: (From the top, left to right) Jessi Ringer | James Carrier | Crayola


Place cards

Place cards, very much like escort cards, can be very simple and formal or really fun and creative. However, without escort cards or a seating chart to guide your guests, they could have a hard time finding their seat, wandering around aimlessly til’ they’ve found their spot!

For a formal approach, try folded tent cards with embossed calligraphy, or for something a bit more show-stopping, accessorise the place cards with statement jewellery pieces or even make them edible!

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Wedding seating plan ideas – Photo credits: (From the top, left to right) Lizelle Lotter Photography | Lure Sydney | Kate Harrison Photography | Finer Details

Seating charts

For a simpler option, you can forego both escort cards and place cards in lieu of a seating chart. This is a great choice for the less crafty bride or for weddings with lower budgets, as it’s only one piece, not 100+. These can still be super creative though. If you’re going down the DIY route, have someone with extra neat handwriting help out!

We have seen some great seating charts over the years, we’re a big fan of shabby chic windowpanes, stylish chalkboards, and fabulously-framed mirrors, all with elegant handwriting – the options are endless!

Still undecided? We, at Soirée de Luxe personally find escort cards and place cards form one rockin’ team, keeping your wedding reception flowing smoothly and your stress at an all-time low!


Jessica is the director of Soirée de Luxe, a luxury wedding & event planning company based in London. They specialise in event experiences, exhilarating all five senses. Please check out Soirée de Luxe’s blog for all things wedding related, discussing popular topics, hot trends and offering advice to brides and grooms for their big day.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • kate harrison
    7 years ago


  • Wedding DJ
    7 years ago

    Some lovely ideas there! I’ve seen the travels one previously but I absolutely love the leaf place card. The writing looks so intricate that it must have taken such a long time to find the correct size leaves and write on them.

    I think I’ll probably end up going for the hand stamped look for our place cards.

    Thanks for the post,
    Matthew (Desire Disco)

  • Thanks so much Kate, glad you liked it!

    @Wedding DJ – Thanks for your kind words – I love the leaf idea too and for the right wedding it can be a fantastic touch! Hand stamped cards are a great idea also though, plus you get the opportunity to personalise them to your own taste and style, which guests always love! Good luck with the wedding!

    Jessica x

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