Insanely Creative Escort Cards and Seating Displays
After the ceremony and cocktail hour, your guests will be looking for their reception seats. That's why you're currently looking for ideas to guide them there on the big day. Sure, you can go with classic seating cards, which are typically just pieces of paper with names and table assignments on them. But not everyone wants to follow tradition, and if you're one of those people, what's the fun in plain-white rectangles? Don't worry—your search for innovative ideas is over. Throughout the years, we've come across dozens of creative escort cards, as well as some incredible seating charts and displays.
You won't believe the things that couples have swapped in for stationery. We've seen items that doubled as wedding favors, edible goodies, and a whole lot more. Even if brides and grooms did go with paper goods, plenty have revamped the standard design by using cool colors, gorgeous calligraphy, and other memorable accents.
To plan your own seating cards or display, look to these examples from real weddings for inspiration. There are ideas fit for every kind of wedding, whether yours is modern, rustic, formal, whimsical, or something else altogether. As you'll see, others have turned to their themes, hobbies and interests, and many other things to dream up how to guide their attendees to their tables. We encourage you to do the same for cards or charts that truly speak to you and your partner, and for a design that'll amaze all of your celebrants, too.
This idea by Lovestruck Events was both pretty and tasty. Lollipops were used in lieu of escort cards and arranged on a white wall.
This California wedding was inspired by the location, all the way down to the state-themed seating chart.
This bride and groom matched their tables with illustrations related to some of their inside jokes. The drawings were put on escort cards that were clipped to hang on a display.
A lucite board guided guests to their seats at this reception. It was painted in purple with a unique, marbleized design.
Cards with Seals
Talk about wedding bells! At this Christmas-themed celebration, paper "ribbons" were calligraphed by Laura Hooper Calligraphy with names and table numbers. Then, they were attached to vintage ringers. Finally, the escort "cards" were strung from the ceiling; Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events staff helped guests retrieve them.
Arrows on Target
Chart Surrounded by Greenery
This pretty display included text written in a fun font. The board that they were on was framed by thick foliage.
Cards on Soap
Seating cards with botanical designs were attached to standing wooden structures at this event. The displays were also spruced up with greenery, and had lanterns hanging from them.
Cards on Fruit
Pretty vases of assorted Cress Floral Decorators flowers were tagged with seating assignments for this couple's event.
Guests traveled to their seats with the help of these leather luggage tags, which doubled as useful favors for this reception.
Incorporate your love of your pet into your seating display. This couple chose to have cards with pop-up dog cutouts.
Beth Helmstetter planned this tropical wedding, where table assignments were scribbled onto suspended, ornate mirrors.
This wall, titled "Our Favorite Wallflowers," held pressed-flower seating assignments. Guests' names were written in pretty calligraphy.
At this destination wedding, flower-filled vessels hung from seafoam-green ribbon, on which simple white escort cards were placed.
Storybook-worthy animal illustrations adorned this sweet seating display.
LVL Events organized this spring wedding, using yellow tassels to spruce up the seating cards.
Cards and Photos
This decorative clothesline held escort cards interspersed between photographs of guests.
When two pilots get married, there has to be a nod to their cool jobs. Each guest was assigned a pair of Amber Moon Design wings on this career-themed display.
Paper Golf Balls
Blush & Whim made this display happen, using homey needlework escort "cards."
Bugs on Cards
When one of our editors married an "insect obsessive," she drew inspiration from nature. This escort-card table hosted 54 different species, all held in place with pins. Guests could find their names on the paper, plus the bugs' taxonomic name, common name, and place of origin.
Quirky golden charms brought a touch of whimsy to these elegant, unique table assignments.
Oars with Tags
A camp-inspired wedding wouldn't be complete without summertime-activity inspiration. This sign, which doubled as an escort card display, was constructed out of vintage oars. For even more customization, the bride handwrote the names.
A colorful, art-themed wedding practically requires creative escort cards like these. Paintbrushes dipped in paint, left to dry, and signed with guests names prompted attendees to match their brush to the color of the tablecloth at their table.
Let your seating cards serve as noisemakers and favors, too! These cowbells calligraphed with guests' names suited the couple's rustic wedding.
Quartz Seating Cards
This old-school display consisted of index cards filed into card catalogs.
At this wedding, escort cards attached to copper shot glasses ensured that guests received a fun favor—and directions to their chairs. (An accompanying shot of Don Julio 1942 tequila was optional, but encouraged.)
The popular game "Cards Against Humanity" sparked this fun idea. While the fronts of the cards contained guests' names, the backs said only one word. Attendees had to try to match up the word with a prompt that was printed on a large card on each table. In case they got stuck, a small number was also provided.
Wylie West Creative made these hand-painted wooden maracas, jingle sticks, and tambourines, which tripled as escort cards, favors, and noisemakers.
Pick a shape you love—like pineapples—and use it for your seating cards!
Fun yet inexpensive were the two goals for this bride and groom's seating cards. They got both with this smart suggestion from wedding planner Jove Meyer. Plastic jungle animals tied to tags and grouped by table (elephants for one table, tigers for another, etc.) were easy and playful as can be.
Bands calligraphed with the guests' names marked these wood grain-covered journals from Field Notes. The table assignments were listed on the first page of the booklets.
For this crafty seating chart, a friend of the couple placed a piece of glass in a window frame that rested on an easel. The bride wrote guests' names with a white paint marker.
Tag-shaped cards with guests' names and table numbers were strung between two ladders for a warm, rustic look.
Rather than relying on escort cards, this couple let guests find their tables (all named for constellations) on a star chart-style seating diagram.
At this all-pink wedding, guests found their tables in a maze of kitschy lawn flamingos that held calligraphed seating assignments.
This couple, avid gardeners, added calligraphed tags from Laura Hooper Calligraphy to seed packets, which doubled as escort cards and wedding favors.
A bumper crop of lemons in a Plexiglass case framed this couple's seating display.
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