Promises, promises hey… but you really can save on your wedding seating plan with very little effort indeed. The answer is astonishingly simple too!

Don’t have one.

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The traditional wedding seating plan… a thing of the past?

What’s the point in a seating plan anyway? It’s something functional which really only serves to prevent crowds of wedding guests bumping into each other searching for tables, and the last unlucky few bursting into tears as they find their place on the table in the corner, watched by everyone else.

OK, if you’re a creative genius and can turn your seating plan into a work of art then go for it, design your masterpiece on an A1 canvas and display it with pride! If you’re scoffing at the notion of saving a measly £75 then please feel free to buy every single item in my calligraphy shop. But if you’re quite sensible, a fan of creative touches and quite fond of the pennies you have left at this stage of wedding planning, then read on.


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


Meeting with couples to chat about wedding stationery always inspires me. (You’re all brilliant, you know that?!) A question that came up again and again at the Muncaster wedding fair was “how do escort cards work?”.

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These wedding escort cards tied to apples are rustic, quirky and fun! A table full of decorated apples looks fab too. They were so popular at the wedding fair that a gorgeous little girl called Robyn even ate one! (not the tag)

I’ve written a quick post over on my calligraphy blog to introduce escort cards to anyone who isn’t familiar with them. They’re basically a more creative, cheaper, interactive and flexible alternative to a formal wedding seating plan. Find out more here: my wedding escort cards article