Posts tagged Escort Cards
Posts tagged Escort Cards
Escort cards are one of the first things your guests will see as they enter the reception, so why not create something unique and memorable for when your friends and family arrive? We absolutely love these escort cards with their natural botanical touches like cotton, seeded eucalyptus, lavender, and silver brunia, and are thrilled to welcome Suzy Rohan of Lily Red Studio to share the how-to!
You will need:
1) Download and print the escort card template.
2) Cut the escort cards out of the template using a ruler and the Xacto.
3) Cut slits along the top and bottom (but not sides) of the arrow portion of the design.
4) Write in names and table numbers.
5) Insert trimmed flowers or herbs into the arrow section of the card.
Add a special touch to your wedding reception tables with personalized DIY place settings. Your wedding guests will love the little detail – and feel even more a part of your special day. Since this project does require personalizing for each guest (and access to photos), it can also work well for intimate receptions, or for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Step 1: Photos
Start by collecting a photo of each of your guests. We love the idea of using childhood photographs of each guest, but that may not be entirely practical. Here’s a hint: check out Facebook photos your friends have posted. Chances are that there may be an old school portrait or baby photo that they have uploaded!
Print out each photo in a small size, such as 2 in. x 2 in. You want your image to small so that it accents the place setting. Anything larger may overpower the effect.
Step 2: Create your place setting tag
Cut out a piece of paper that is slightly larger than your photo. You can be creative with the shape, but we liked the look of this square shape – it almost looks like a miniature Polaroid! Whichever style you choose, simply adhere the photo onto the paper. Be sure to leave room for a name – this will be a place setting, after all!
Now that your tag is set, punch a hole near the top. This will be where you attach the tag to the twine, so you’ll want to make sure the hole is the right size for your twine.
Step 3: Assemble your creations
You likely won’t fully assemble the place cards until the day of your reception, but you can prep a bit in advance. Cut your twine and string it through the hole in each tag – this will make set up a snap.
Day of, tie each place card around the utensils. Finish it off with a pretty bow, and tuck a sprig of lavender or another small flower between the napkin and the twine. Another option, if you aren’t able to tie around utensils, is to tie the photo place card onto a wine glass set at each seat.
Lily at Behold Designz was kind enough to have designed this set of free downloads that include both “Bride and Groom” and “Please Sign Our Guestbook” signs, a beverage menu, escort cards and table numbers. All of her designs are hand painted and customized. These free downloads are editable, so you can add your own text for the menu and type in your guests’ names.
What you will need:
- Good quality Printer or take the files to your local printer
• Bride and Groom Sign: 12” x 8.5”
• Please Sign Our Guestbook 10” x 8”
• Beverage Menu 5” x 7”
• Escort cards: 8.5” x 11” (Avery business cards such as these work fine)
• Table numbers: 4.5” x 6”
- Exacto knife and metal ruler or paper cutter.
All downloads are available as PDFs. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it for free here. (Escort cards and Beverage Menu open in Adobe Reader so you can type in your own text.)
Having a winter wedding? Try these mini pinecone seating card holders. This project is very simple, it just takes a little elbow grease.
1. Mini Pinecones: Can be bought from craft store
2. Hacksaw: If possible, use one with small teeth.
3. Safety Glove
4. Cards for the names
Step One: Set each pine cone down on a flat surface to see how it stands up in order to decide the best place to cut it.
Step Two: Wearing the safety glove and using the hacksaw, cut a 3/4” slit down the middle of the pine cone.
Step Three: Place the name card in each slot, and you are done!
Upon arriving at wedding receptions, guests are sometimes greeted with the escort card table. In my experience, it’s important to
1.) Make it flow with the rest of your design elements, since it’s the first peek at your planning the guests will see and
2.) Make it as easy as possible to find each name to avoid a back up of guests entering. This also allows them to drop off their (possibly heavy!) gift quickly, sign the guestbook and join cocktail hour.
A few weeks ago I arrived at an event to find a beautiful table covered in homegrown moss with a gorgeous flower arrangement and all of the guest’s escort cards. I gave it my once over, and soon realized the cards were not in alphabetical order, but instead, grouped together by table number. To say the least, I was a bit concerned, as I know how long it takes to look through 150 little cards that are in alphabetical order. Most often, I greet guests and help locate their name, and I was concerned this could frustrate guests who were eager to enjoy appetizers.
The groom’s sister was on the same page as I was, and we quickly became alphabetizing machines. Only after we finished the madness of reorganizing them, did we find out the bride intended her escort cards to be displayed in this non-alphabetical manner. I felt terrible that I had gone against her wishes, but knew that it’d be appreciated by the guests.
*Photo Credit: Amy Carroll
Cute Doily Escort cards.
* Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty
Help your reception take flight with floating escort cards that double as centerpieces once guests find their tables. On your wedding day, have a few friends fill 5-inch white balloons with helium (you can rent a tank from a party store). Once they’re inflated, add guests’ names and table numbers with a paint pen, tie on matching embroidery thread, and secure them to favor boxes filled with candy. Write on both sides of the balloons so loved ones can locate their names from every angle.
Photo: Yunhee Kim
Guest Blogger Nella from www.lostmykitty.com has generously shared more of her creative DIY wisdom with us in the form of these delicate paper flowers to use as escort cards or name settings.
And over to Nella….
What you will need:
Step 1: Draw a spiral on a 4 inch square. I used 90 weight paper although regular colored craft paper would work equally well.
Step 2: Cut out the spiral along the lines you’ve drawn.
Step 3: Roll the spiral from the outside.
Step 4: Use a spot of adhesive to glue the body of the flower onto the round bit left.
Now you’re finished with the flower!
Step 5: Use a pencil to faintly write your guests’ names in a pretty cursive. I’ve used pen for emphasis. Don’t forget the table number for escort cards.
Step 6: Follow the lines using small stitches. You could also use paper if you are not so keen on sewing.
Step 7: Attach the skeleton leaf and your personalized leaf to the flower.
Martha Stewart may be able to make 100 of these in 15 minutes but for us mere mortals make a party of it with a bottle of wine and a few friends – nothing like the promise of food and a mimosa to bribe some slave labor
These three-dimensional escort cards are as easy to make as they are refreshing to look at. At first glance, they appear to have been blown onto the table by a warm summer breeze.
Following the instructions below, make them using a heart-shape craft punch, bright-white ink, scissors, glue, and paper in a range of watery hues that complements your palette.
How to Make It
1. Cut a slit from the bottom point of each heart to 3/8 inch from the top center. Calligraph with white ink.
2. Place one side of the slit atop the other to create a pop-up effect; glue.
3. Snip off the “tails” of extra paper at the bottom point of the heart.
Viola…Quick, easy, cute!
Found this interesting wedding favor idea. Aside from looking precious, these wedding favors can double as escort cards or place cards. All you need are old hardcover books, mats and glue.
What you’ll need:
-old hadcover books or binders board and linen. We chose vintage books that had linen covers for their texture. You can find oodles of these books in thrift stores.
-mats (you can order pre-cut mats depending on the size of the books you find, or order custom cut mats at your local framing store)
-PVA adhesive (acid-free preferred)
Remove the pages from the hardcover, leaving the first one attached to the front cover. Using spray adhesive or glue, use the first page to reinforce the spine. Cardstock will also work. Glue the edges of your mats on the inner side of the bookcovers.
Using pages from the book, feed your printer with a few sheets and print your guests names. Using another stack of pages from the books, print the table numbers they will be sitting at and place them in one of the frames. The remaining book pages (you will have plenty!) can be used as backdrops for your escort card table, or made into garlands to hang above your cake table.
If your seating configuration is complex or likely to change at the last minute, consider using a “card and envelope” format for your escort cards. This way, you can letter all the envelopes well in advance (go ahead and write an envelope for anyone you think will come-it will make life easier.) Keep a little stack of numbered cards for each table number, and just stuff the envelopes with the number cards once your seating is firm. Then, if you have last minute changes, you can simply open the envelope, switch the table number cards, and - presto! - your the perfect host.
These mini mason jars can double as a wedding favor and an escort card for your reception to save you time and money. What’s also great is you can make these last minute and you don’t need a printer just some decent hand writing skills. You can also make your own cute computer labels for a fancier look.
I used 4 ounce canning/mason (salt shaker) jars but you can use anything you like. I ordered my jars from Amazon, a box of 24 for $24.