What are Escort Cards?

Chances are your wedding is the first big event you and your betrothed are planning together. Which means it’s not unusual to have a lot of questions along the way. Like, seriously – what are escort cards and do you even need them? We’re here to make it easier for you.


Depending on how you choose to seat your guests, you’ll use escort cards or place cards. Guests will find their escort card at the “where to sit” table (official terminology). This will direct them to their table, where they’ll find a place card at their seat. If you’re not assigning specific seats, just leave the place cards out and let your guests seat themselves at the table. And of course neither escort cards nor place cards have to be cards at all. You can display seating assignments in a large frame or string decorative garland made of colorful paper with guests names on it.

Table numbers don’t have to be numbers either. You can use table names instead, such as the names of places the two of you have traveled, and you can display table numbers or names as actual card stock or in picture frames or miniature chalkboards.

Now that you’ve answered the question, “what are escort cards,” you can decide if they make sense for your wedding. And of course, as long as we’re talking escort cards and table numbers, we should talk seating chart, too. Click over here to see our tips for building a seating chart that works for you.