There are certain elements of wedding decor that are made to not only look pretty, but serve a functional purpose as well. One such element is the presentation of escort cards and seating charts. Traditionally, escort cards are placed neatly on a table topped with an eye-catching arrangement. After cocktail hour, guests pick up the cards and are directed to their tables. This conventional setup and process is tried and true. However, what we have noticed most recently is that couples are requesting unique and ‘out-of-the box’ designs for their escort cards and seating charts. It’s the first decorative piece people see as they head to the reception after all, and sets the vibe for the rest of the night. And even if you are planning a timelessly classic wedding, this is one area that allows room for putting a personal and creative spin on decor. Feeling inspired? Read on for unique escort card and seating chart displays guaranteed to impress your guests.
Real BB Weddings couple Stefanie & Mike welcomed guests to their reception in Gotham Hall’s Grand Ballroom with a stunning escort card display made of two walls decorated with greenery and flowers. Luxury wedding invitation designer Ceci New York put a personal touch on all of their wedding stationery. “We loved collaborating with Pejy Kash to bring Stefanie and Mike’s classic and timeless vision for their invitations to life,” Ceci remarked. “When it comes to the day of accessories, we always love a floral, so when Pejy asked us to create something inspired by Bride & Blossom’s floral design for the day, we were in. We created beautiful floral tags using our signature Ceci Floral Watercolor, each had the guests name hand calligraphed. It was a perfect combination, and for us it’s all in the details!”
Anything to do with champagne receives high marks in our wedding playbook, and we are all cheers for this greenery wall decked out with bubbling flutes with guest name cards. Sophisticated and spirited, it’s the perfect introduction to an outdoor garden reception.
When Real BB Weddings couple Amanda and Donald married at Liberty Warehouse, they incorporated sentiment and meaning into the design of their seating chart. “Donald is a NYC firefighter and we thought it would be special to do something with vintage fire ladders,” the bride notes. Vintage fire ladders were decorated with lush floral and greenery garland illuminated by glowing candles underscoring the wedding’s rustic meets romance theme.
Ombre color blocking is an ideal aesthetic choice if you want your decor to make an impact while having a clean, modern look. This attention-grabbing escort card display runs with the idea and presents guests’ names on paper in shades ranging from taupe and dusty rose to mauve to terra cotta.
Real BB Weddings couple Yani and Divinity used the design of their escort card display to express highlights of their love story. The reception décor fixture took shape in a jaw-dropping tree made of wisteria and birch branches adorned with roses, ranunculus, camellia greenery, and moss. “We had heart-shaped origami place cards, inspired by our connection to Japan, suspended from the branches waiting for our guests,” Yani says.
This seating chart design mixes modern details with natural elements to stunning effect. The colorful potted flowers and plants placed in organic shaped niches offer a beautiful contrast to crisp black table number stationery.
Real BB Weddings couple Christina and Ben were married in a New York fairytale wedding at the University Club. Guests were welcomed to the reception with a magnificent card table featuring a ‘tree’ adorned with romantic florals. “There were ribbons hanging from the tree with guests’ name cards at the end. Since we were getting married on the first of May, the ribbons alluded to the Maypole tradition, which is celebrated on May Day,” Christina explains. “Bride & Blossom’s Carla did an amazing job of putting an artistic spin on the idea.”
Since we are on the topic of trees… Taking advantage of the lake resort venue’s idyllic setting, this breathtaking design presents a sprawling floral and greenery installation against a living tree backdrop. Guests’ name cards are randomly placed throughout the florals, adding to the ‘found in nature’ aesthetic.
Real BB Weddings couple Caroline and Ben welcomed friends and family to their reception at Liberty Warehouse with a show-stopping escort card display surrounded by lush, garden inspired arrangements. Guests names were handwritten in calligraphy and wrapped around ceramic tiles painted with designs of blue and yellow, matching a prevailing color combination used throughout their wedding decor.
Jane Austen would surely approve of this charming, book-themed escort card card setup. Made with the classic literature lover in mind, the design features a shabby chic shelf filled with vintage novels and soft colored blossom.
We collaborated with ES Blooms on decor for this tropical themed wedding, which took place at a private residence on Long Island. Setting the luxurious beach party vibe for the evening was a jaw-dropping seating chart display featuring a bamboo gate trimmed with deep purple vanda orchids, Spanish moss and natural greenery. Table numbers and guests’ names were hand-painted with on monstera leaves.
Incorporating artistic details like custom illustrations into your wedding adds personality and style to the overall decorative concept. How adorable is this children’s storybook inspired seating chart?! Other ideas for one-of-a-kind creative themes include flowers (of course!), hand-painted maps, constellations, and portraits.
Utilizing her experience working as a creative director, BB Featured Bride Elana conceived of the escort card display for her wedding at Angel Orensanz Foundation. The bride even made the name cards and hunted down the chic black bud vases. “We needed the vases in bulk and I finally found what I was looking for at a restaurant supply company,” Elana recalled with a laugh. “Originally I envisioned a single white rose in each vase, but a cluster of spray roses with their leaves showing ended up looking better,” she added.
It goes without saying, we are obsessed with this escort card setup featuring a heavenly blue wall trimmed with blooming flower boxes. Decor that adapts with ease to the various requirements of the wedding day is always a plus – this wall transforms into a lovely backdrop for the newlyweds and guests to take photos.
We love when a couple uses decorative details to show their fun side. These retro lawn flamingos holding escort cards have one clear message for guests – it’s time to party!
There’s nothing wrong with the long-established card table and floral arrangement format. But if these creative setups prove anything, it’s that escort card and seating chart displays that innovate on design, break from convention, and have fun will have guests talking long after your wedding day.