TIP: Alphabetize Your Escort Cards

Brides… please, for the love of all things wedding, PLEASE alphabetize your escort cards! Escort cards (you know those thingies that indicate to your guests which table they are seated at for dinner) need to be pre-sorted by last name of the guest and NOT sorted by table number. And if your escort cards are not cards at all, but something completely untraditional such as bud vases, hanging tags, seed packets, potted plants, or whatnot, sort them into small, manageable groupings and clearly label them as such, “A – F, G – M, N – T, U – Z” (again, by last name of the guests).

The person who is setting this up for you will love you for it, whether it be your catering manager or your wedding coordinator or your friend Susie. Otherwise he/she will be tearing their hair out if they have 20 minutes to sort through 200 names in haphazard order while guests start streaming in. Not good!

For example, if you opt to do something cool like this pic below for your escort cards (potted basil, love it!), you should delicately place all plants for guests with last names starting with A – F (or whatever) into a box or carton in some semblance of order, and then label the box A – F. Easy peasy!

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purple frame escort cards
purple frame escort cards

Natalie Norton Photography via Amorology

Oooooh, rocks are tough! It’s hard to keep them in order! In this case, you would make the groupings even smaller, perhaps placing rocks with last names A – E into a small bag, and so on, and then keeping the bags in order... very important!

escort card table black rocks
escort card table black rocks

Heather Elizabeth Photography via The Bride’s Cafe

This version of the escort card table below is actually one of my favorite types of escort cards: mini envelopes with the table number indicated on a matching card slipped inside the envelope. This makes it super easy to make last minute table changes since you only have to switch out the inside card instead of re-writing the whole card. Voila! By the way, who says your table numbers literally have to be numbers?? Your tables can be named after anything you choose… favorite books, cities you’ve visited together, local landmarks… the sky is the limit!

EscortCardTable
EscortCardTable

Jen Kroll Photography via Pearls Events

What are you doing for your escort cards?

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