When planning a wedding, it can easily seem that escort cards are one of those wedding details that could be left out, and no one would miss them. But think again: as well as helping your guests to find their seats with less risk of getting lost amongst the tables, and preventing that the area where the seating plan getting totally congested, most importantly it adds an opportunity to personalize and delight your guests with your creativity – ultimately a monument in your wedding where you have free reign to impress your guests and show them your style- we say YAY!
But as one usually doesn’t want to spend tooo much on this small-ish feature of the wedding, combining the escort cards with favor is a sweet as well as time saving gesture. Lets say the escort card is also something your guests can keep for hopefully a very a long time as a memory of your wedding, here’s a whole new meaning to “escort”.
By taking the DIY route, you might have some purchasing of material and crafting to do, but if you can find inexpensive materials such as directly from mother nature, there is also room in the budget to go for something a little bit more creative and special, as opposed to something store bought.
Matching your escort cards to your wedding theme is a way to tie in the atmosphere of the wedding further into the decor. For example, you might find that using oyster shells could bring the sea closer your beach themed wedding. Or, that using wine bottle corks as the escort card holder works perfectly with your rustic vineyard wedding.
Let us give you some wonderful examples of easy but impressive escort card+favor combos…
- Home baked cookie or other baked good in a cute parcel
- Small tile (which guests could use as a coaster)
- Jar of jam, your favorite conserve or honey
- Chocolate truffle – make yourself if you are a wizard in the kitchen
- Small plastic toy or animal sprayed with metallic spray-paint = fun home decor
- Key ring
Just add the guest’s name and table number for a win-win escort card – favor formula.
Serving a festive shot of your favorite booze, or an elegant flute of bubbly is a method of starting the party already at the reception entrance. All you need is a card attached to the glass and you’ll have the guests cheering on their way to their seats.
The artistic Bride could add a gentle brush stroke of watercolor onto paper and even hand tear the edges for a fine art touch. Dip dyeing water color card is equally gorgeous and will make a beautiful piece of art when all escort cards are hanging together. A blank piece of paper with a wax seal and beautiful calligraphy will give an elegant touch with historic whispers.
For the botany lover, a flower in a beautiful glass bottle (pharmaceutical bottles in the example above) can be used again and again in their home decor. So could a small terracotta pot of herbs or other living plant which is super eco-wise as well as useful afterwards. An alternative is to simply pinch a small bunch of flower together with the name tag.
If you rather take a bohemian or rustic approach, nature will give you many options. Shells, leaves, rocks, slices of wood, sticks, pine cones or pebbles provides a sculptural and textural base as which to write your guests names and table number, either directly on to the element, as a holder or attaching a small piece of card.
Escort cards which are made of edible ingredients has the benefit of being biodegradable for the eco-conscious wedding couple, and will always be hugely popular. Combined with a shot of tequila the lime holder could come handy as guests reach the table. Fruit with their natural beauty and color is easy to find and ready to assembly – no further DIY required. Chocolate is bound to be popular – if you want to go the extra mile, you would custom print the wrapper with your wedding logo or just names.