Escort cards can be a difficult thing to make unique and interesting. Every single event I find that I struggle with trying to come up with a new way of showing guests where they will be seated for dinner. Try to find unique ways of presenting this which will additionally excite guests about what is to come. Consider a fresh approach based upon the style of the event.
We styled Trevor and Renee’s wedding around vintage Coco Chanel and Gucci in cream and white with bronze and gold accents in addition to clocks based upon the groom’s personal collection. For the escort cards we designed small clocks and placed these in metal cog structures. Each were calligraphed in gold with the guest’s names and the hands pointed to a unique time for each that led them to a table with a larger version of the clock with the same time.
Rachel and Brye’s bohemian Ojai Valley wedding was the perfect setting to get creative. For their escort card table, we used a long scroll of aged parchment calligraphed with the guests’ names and table numbers and placed it on top of a long credenza layered with inspired decor, semiprecious stones, and books, along with magnifying glasses for the guests to look through.
At Sarah & Michael’s art-installation wedding held at the Cooper Design Space, guests were seated at one dramatically long feasting table. The table was divided into four sections and denoted by the shape of the guests’ chargers – circle, square, oval, and triangle. Instead of a traditional escort card display, as guests arrived at the ceremony, they were handed a black card with one of the shapes on it. Guests did not discover the meaning of the card until they entered the dining room and spotted their corresponding charger.
Valary and Matt’s wedding was inspired by the exotica of old-world sea ports, nautical elements, and the
eclecticism of gypsy travelers. In lieu of a traditional escort card board, we decided to use an aged map – reminiscent of a pirate’s treasure map – featuring nautical playing cards with each guest’s name calligraphed on one side.
This wedding of one of our favorite clients dramatically told the story of a man’s ascension from hell into heaven. While one side of the ceremony space represented heaven, with white florals, golden urns and harps, and white angel wings – the other side of the ceremony aisle represented purgatory, with pitchforks dripping in amarnathus, crows, skulls, and coals. The escort card display represented the space in-between and was attended by an animalistic creature from middle earth.
For Fontine and Stephen’s gothic, glam wedding, we used oversized birdcages belonging to the family, which we painted black – a perfect match to the wedding’s dark and dramatic decor, which served as the backdrop for the escort cards. The bird cages were styled with dark red florals, while each escort card hung from torn black fabric.
The French Riviera and early 1970’s Vogue served as the inspiration for Tia & Aaron’s wedding. For the escort cards, we created a drape of capiz shells hand calligraphied with each guests name and table number.
For Lynh and David, we wanted something offering a pop of color with a quirky vintage spin, so we placed the escort cards in antique suitcases filled with fresh sod. Later we were able to turn this display into a pretty vignette offering favors for departing guests.