Tips & Advice: Seating Charts vs. Escort Cards

Organizing the seating at your wedding may seem like one of the most stressful parts of your big day, but we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to give you some insight on which methods to use. Depending on your style, skill, and level of involvement in the planning of your wedding, we’ve compared and contrasted two classic approaches to seating.

1. Seating Charts

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source: charming endeavours on etsy.com

The pros:

  • Traditional and organized
  • Well suited for a couple who seeks a simplistic arrangement
  • Eliminates confusion for guests as tables and seats are clearly listed
  • Guests may find it easier to spot their table or seat quicker/more efficiently
  • Less effort to make, easy to transport since it is usually a single piece
  • Newlyweds and bridal party may find it easier to spot specific guests at designated tables

The cons:

  • May be harder to make if you are not artistic (but can be ordered via a local vendor or via sources like Etsy)
  • A single chart is not something that guests can have as a souvenir

Things to remember:

  • List guests alphabetically by last name, rather than by table number assigned. Many times, couples make the mistake of listing the chart with groups of table 1, table 2, etc. But if you think about it, your guests won’t know what table to look under because the whole point of the seating chart is to advise where they’ve been assigned. Whoever is at the last table will have to sit and read through every table group before finding theirs, which is no fun. More on that from our friend Lauren of Every Last Detail, here.

2. Escort Cards

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source: Fat Orange Cat Studio

The pros:

  • They’re unique and easily customizable to your style
  • You can use basically anything as an escort card — i.e., shells, sentimental objects, flowers, etc.
  • They give the guest a feeling of inclusion, and a souvenir to take home
  • Can create discussion among guests, give a chance for them to meet and interact

The cons:

  • Depending on the size of the guest list, these could become tedious to make
  • Can be difficult for guests to spot their name and locate their card
  • Would mean more time for set up on the day of as opposed to the single seating chart

Things to remember:

  • Again, list guests alphabetically by last name! As Lauren points out“Think of it this way: your guests don’t already know what table they’re sitting at. That’s why you’re telling them. Keeping everything in alphabetical order makes guests’ names easy to find and in order! So do your guests- and your wedding timeline- a favor and don’t make them have to SEARCH for their names among an unorganized list of table numbers!”
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SOURCE: Fox & Fallow

We see the good and bad in both techniques and love any chance to encourage our couples to get creative! Now that you know the pros and cons of both options, which would you choose? Comment below and tell us what you think!

 

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