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What’s the Difference Between a Place Card and an Escort Card for a Wedding?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a place card and an escort card?

I mean, when it comes to planning a wedding, you’re hit with all sorts of etiquette nuances and things you’ve never heard of before and card this and card that just seems to add to the confusion, right?

Don’t worry, in this post, I’m going to explain to you the difference between the two and when you might want to use a place card over an escort card and vice versa.

Place Cards vs Escort Cards

A place card is a card that sits at each spot at a table, laying out the placement around the table. Even though both an escort card and a place card designate where people should sit at a wedding, a place card is more specific because it points out the exact place at a table a person should sit.

Place cards are traditionally more formal.

An escort card is a card that is typically towards the entrance of a venue and it directs guests which table to sit at. Once the guest arrives at their designated table, they are free to sit wherever. Since guests can freely choose where to sit at a table, escort cards are traditionally more casual and informal.

Sometimes, you’ll see couples have both escort cards and place cards. Guest will pick up one card towards the entrance, directing them to their table, and then find their applicable place card at the table. This isn’t necessary and it’s completely fine to pick one or the other.

If you’d like to talk to me about designing place cards or escort cards for your wedding, reach out to me via the contact page. I’d love to help!