A trio of brilliant ideas for escort cards which allow guests to find their seating quickly and without having to hang around a seating plan searching for their name. Escort cards allow guests to be certain as to where they are seated and can double as an attractive keepsake.
Obviously these ideas works with any combination of colours. Coordinate them to match your wedding mood board.
The best part about this display is it doubles as decoration. Once attendees slide off the papers bearing their table numbers, the ribbons remain as cheery party streamers . To hang them, loop one end over a dowel suspended from the ceiling; secure with a dot of glue. You can also drape them from tree branches or tack them to a wall.
One crafting tip: Be sure the slits in the cards are a smidge wider than the ribbon — otherwise they won’t slip down easily.
An Orderly Array
An orderly arrangement of seating cards can get jumbled as guests find their names. Tuck flat cards into the creases of accordion folds, and they’ll stay in tidy rows. This display is not only elegant, it’s easy to put together. Just fold a long piece of colored card stock, punch holes, and thread ribbon through. For the seating cards, we used store-bought note cards with blue borders that coordinate with the hues of the ribbon and folded paper. Names appear on the front, table numbers on the back.
Tools and Supplies
- 43-by-7-inch pieces of card stock for each stand
- Bone folder
- 1/4-inch hole punch
- Two 26-inch pieces of 9mm ribbon
- Six 6 1/4-by-4 1/4-inch note cards
One stand will hold six cards and stretch to about 25 inches. If you want a shorter one, subtract 7 inches from card-stock length for one fewer space. Mark folds on both edges: On front of paper, mark 1/2 inch from top. Then, mark every 7 inches. Line up ruler with each set of marks; score across paper with bone folder. For back, measure 4 inches from top, then every 7 inches; score. Fold at each score line, bending it toward indentation. Unfold end flaps. Punch holes in bottom corners. Thread ribbon through, and knot ends; trim. Set cards in creases.
Blue Seating Cards
Here’s a seating directory that’s a blue-ribbon winner. Choose envelopes in various hues, and then mixed and matched ink and ribbon colors. Inside are cards with calligraphed table numbers. To hang, knot ribbons underneath envelope flaps; suspend from white ball pins on a baby-blue linen-covered bulletin board, staggering colors.
All ideas from MarthaStewartWeddings.com.