Outdoor Escort Cards That Won't Fly Away

escort cards rocks
Justin Tearney

Escort cards (or their alternatives, seating charts) are basically wedding necessities, unless you aren't giving your guests table assignments. They guide celebrants to their designated spots, which helps the reception run smoothly. But if your event is being held outdoors, they might not feel as easy to incorporate as they would be for an indoor affair. When potential weather issues—including wind and rain—are involved, choosing the right seating display gets even trickier. Don't let nightmares of blown-away, soggy, or otherwise ruined paper goods get you down, though. With the help of these ideas, you can marry outside and still direct everyone to their seats with ease.

As you're planning your seating cards, keep materials in mind—most of the following examples don't actually involve stationery. Instead, it's smart to work with something hardier, be it wood, stone, leather, acrylic, or another weighty material. Bonus points if its waterproof, too! If you really love the look of paper, however, you can work around the elements in other ways. Try securing your escort items with pins, clips, paperweights, or the likes. To see those ideas (and more) in action, turn to the slides ahead for inspiration.

No matter your wedding's formality and theme, there's an outdoor seating display for your affair. The following parties varied greatly, but they all involved unique and beautiful escort cards or charts. With their help, you'll have no trouble brainstorming an option for your al fresco celebration, and your attendees won't have any trouble finding their places, either.

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Acrylic Display

escort card board laser cut
Birds of a Feather

If you and your partner have serious wanderlust, consider luggage tags instead of traditional escort cards. They're meant to be durable, and they'll contribute to a travel theme. These acrylic examples were thought up by Lady Liberty Events.

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Beach Balls

beach ball escort cards
KT Merry

If your venue has a pool, pull a page from this couple's book and turn beach balls into unique escort "cards." Laura Hooper calligraphed these, and synchronized swimmers fetched them for guests!

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eliza peter wedding escort cards
Paige Jones Photography

Tuck cards into produce for an organic display that'll keep the paper goods down. This cheerful setup featured calligraphed stationery by Joya Rose.

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flower escort cards
Gretchen Gause

Elise Events, Bluejaye Papers and Press, and Mindy Liu teamed up to make this escort wall. Seating cards were hung using clips and attached to floral accessories for each celebrant.

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horseshoe wedding favors
N Barrett Photography

We like this look for a ranch wedding (or for any couple whose hobby is horseback riding). Alli K Design created the stationery shown here.

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oyster escort cards
Harwell Photography

Seaside brides and grooms can't go wrong with nautical seashell seating "cards." Eva Clarke Events dreamt up these oyster ones, which featured names and table numbers written in metallic.

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Sealed Cards

escort cards gold
Jasmine Lee Photography

Even something as simple as the addition of your wax seal can keep paper cards down. Charmed Events Group and Chatham & Caron worked together on this seating display.

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Macramé Display

leaf escort cards
Jillian Mitchell Photography

This casual-cool idea by Nicoella involved leaf-inspired escort cards attached to hanging fabric to achieve a tropical vibe.

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Cards on Sticks

giraffe escort cards
Kelly Brown Photography

By putting your paper goods on sticks like these, you can rest assured that they'll stay standing. Duet Weddings, Amber Moon Design, and Anne Robin Calligraphy collaborated on this whimsical animal display.

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Leather Tags

escort cards
Michael Radford

Leather tags paired with colorful tassels made up this chic seating display. Sophia Loves Letters provided the calligraphy for the keepsakes.

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Wood Display

birch log escort card
Rachel Solomon

Cut little grooves into logs of wood for rustic reception décor. Outstanding Occasions planned this example; the stationery was by Foil & Ink.

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Foil Cards

gold foil escort cards
The Edges Wedding Photography

Depending on the variety, foil can be weightier than regular paper. Plus, it's stunning! Underwood Letterpress and A Savvy Event designed this seating display.

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arrow wedding escort cards
Amber Gress

It was hard for anything (besides the guests!) to dislodge these Designs by Ahn escort arrows, which were stuck to a target for a camp-themed wedding.

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escort card board
Adam Barnes

These strips were actually photos from the bride and groom's engagement shoot, with celebrants' names and table assignments written on by Ivory Plum Lettering.

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Kite Display

kite escort card sign
Kristina Lee Photography

Wind will only play up the theme of kite-inspired escort displays like these ones planned by Wife of the Party.

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Keepsake Boxes

sara sam italy wedding escort card
Stefano Santucci

These wooden boxes were filled with herbs and escort stones calligraphed by Julie Song. The creative items doubled as favors.

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Wall Display

glass box escort card wall
Meiwen Wang Photography

For this Amorology event, house-shaped glass décor was arranged on shelves for the seating display. Each item had guests' seating assignments written on them—the creative idea represented the community feel that the couple craved.

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Elizabeth Messina Photography

Bash Please planned these marble escort tiles, featuring gold calligraphy. Something this solid will withstand any weather.

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Table Display

escort cards
Jose Villa

This wedding featured plaid escort cards (calligraphed by Curlicue Designs) that were ingeniously placed between the planks of a wooden table to keep them stable.

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bottle escort card wall
Wild Whim Design & Photography

La Bohéme Events used bottles as escort cards for this fun seating wall.

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Pinned Cards

Jodi & Kurt Photography

Utilize common supplies like pushpins to keep even the lightest of paper goods secure. That's what this couple did for their Revolution escort wall.

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Card Catalog

Mademoiselle Fiona

Draw inspiration from your local library and file your seating assignments into retro cabinets.

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Lawn Flamingos

Katie Stoops Photography

How kitschy-cute was this lawn décor (planned by Bash Please), which directed guests to their seats?

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keys escort cards
Amy & Jordan

Give attendees the literal key to their seats—the items are heavy enough to hang without worry. The bride at this celebration made the escort display herself.

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