The traditional paper escort card certainly has its place in the history of wedding planning and design. After finding their assigned seats, guests typically toss these rectangular pieces of paper to the side without giving them a second thought. Rather than being purely functional and let’s be honest, run-of-the-mill, what if this essential wedding component was a conversation starter and something your guests actually want to keep?
The great thing about escort cards is that they allow couples to play up their wedding aesthetic and personality while offering the chance to veer off brand a little – there’s no rule saying you can’t incorporate gilded miniature dinosaurs into an elegant all white wedding! You can have the most extravagant florals in the most luxurious venue, but it’s the unique and personal details of your wedding that everyone remembers most. From artistic to fun to thoughtful, we rounded up creative escort card ideas guaranteed to surprise your guests.
Let Your Love Grow. Real BB Weddings couple Cammie and Peter looked to their venue, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to come up with this nature-themed idea – guests received charming escort cards that used flower seed packets which they could take home and plant after the event.
Long revered in Japanese culture, paper cranes symbolize love, hope and prosperity – everything newlyweds want around just as they are about to start a new life together. These delicate origami birds look beautiful as escort cards and will definitely make a memorable impression on your guests. If you don’t have the time (or patience!) to make them, Etsy vendors like Origami Polly sell paper cranes assembled and in bulk.
When being a wallflower is a good thing. We are obsessed with these escort cards featuring delicate pressed flowers in a modern black frame, which guests can take home and display for further enjoyment.
What is it about miniature versions of our everyday objects that we find so appealing? Needless to say, these tiny notebook escort cards were a big hit with guests at Ali and Joe’s Real BB Wedding at Liberty Warehouse.
While this post aims to think beyond standard wedding stationery, we are making an exception for these exquisite, handmade escort cards. The elevated design features guests names calligraphed in green ink above a wax seal denoting the table number.
For their Old Hollywood inspired wedding at Suffolk Theater, Real BB Weddings couple Melanie and Nick enlisted their maid-of-honor to create escort cards that looked like vintage movie tickets. Instead of numbers, tables were marked with signs featuring Melanie and Nick’s favorite movies such as Indiana Jones, The Princess Bride, and The Incredibles.
Looking for a fresh idea that underscores your modern aesthetic while accentuating a colorful palette. Simple yet eye-catching, these super-cool escort cards are made from paint chips found at your local hardware store.
Here’s a thoughtful idea for those friends and family members who are trekking a long distance to attend your wedding. With these luggage tag escort cards, they can travel back home with the ease of knowing where their baggage is.
We love to see a couple be creative with their wedding theme. For this nautical inspired wedding, guests navigated the route to their seats using escort cards attached to a compass.
Since we are on the topic of sea-side nuptials…. these escort cards made from bleached oyster shells featuring hand calligraphy would be perfect for an effortlessly chic wedding in the Hamptons.
For their late-autumn wedding at the Bronx Zoo, Real BB Weddings couple Rashna and Sean incorporated fun touches throughout the decor that expressed their shared love of animals. Their guests received a wild welcome to the reception with escort cards featuring small figurines depicting ruling beasts of the animal kingdom.
Escort cards that double as home decor are always a win. Readily available at most home improvement stores, ceramic tiles are an easy way to inject a dose of color into your reception atmosphere. And guests will love that they can display them on their coffee table.
Take the traditional wedding toast to the next level with these Himalayan salt shot glass escort cards. Not only pleasing to the eye, they also give your celebratory alcohol of choice (tequila anyone?) a salty smooth finish.
Long before sharing romance-themed playlists on Spotify, people left a mixed tape of carefully curated love songs in their crush’s locker. These vintage cassette escort cards will have your guests running home to listen to U2’s With or Without You on repeat.
It’s all about the details when it comes to designing an unforgettable wedding. As you can see, a cookie-cutter approach to escort cards just doesn’t cut it if you want to impress your guests. Ending on that thought, miniature cookie cutters could be included in this discussion, adding a playful touch to your escort card table. And be sure to check out our blog post discussing clever ideas for displaying your escort cards and seating charts.