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Escort Cards

They completely stump me. I've gotten as far as deciding that we're going to only do table assignments, not individual seats. My Mom is making a runner for the escort card table (which will be a 6ft table) so we've got that covered. I know where the table will be placed in the tent. I've even found a calligrapher to write each card for a really reasonable rate. What stumps me is how to display those suckers on the table! Originally, I liked the idea of hanging cards from a "tree" (or multiple trees) like this idea via Style Me Pretty: And then we attended a wedding that executed a similar idea. It was one big tree with escort cards hanging from it and I walked around that tree no less than 73 times looking for our card. We're not having a cocktail hour (I know, I know, I'll explain later) so I need people to walk in and find their escort cards in a relatively limited amount of time...orderly alphabetical organization is key. A long time ago I discovered the wishing rock idea, which I am still drawn to. The basic idea is that there is a rock on or near each escort card, along with a sign instructing guests to make a wish for the couple on their respective rock and then place it in a large container (likely a hurricane vase). It would sit in our house, a container filled with good wishes. Here is another way I've seen it done:
Cute, but the OCD in me can't allow things to be that messy. I would need all those rocks to be aligned on one side or another. So then (clearly I've been browsing the escort card section on The Knot) I found this:
Those shells could easily be swapped out for black river rocks. And that way there could still be folded cards...I *think* that I like it better when they all stand up versus flat cards laid on the table. And then there is the picture at the top of the post, using little envelopes where you could include a personal message to each guest. Really like that idea. It would be some extra effort on my part for sure, but a really personal touch. If I lay all the envelopes together like that though, where would the rocks go? Could there just be a row of rocks next to each corresponding envelope? Or, I could just chuck the whole idea and go with something simple and classic:
Oh yeah, I am definitely over thinking this one. But if you're willing to share, I would love to hear your thoughts.

7 comments:

Kelly said...

You could use the tree idea, but still keep it organized alphabetically. Maybe have several trees and the first one could be A-F, second one G-M, etc...

Chere Amie said...

I did a wedding about two years ago and we got beautiful rocks and sea glass from Ikea (believe it or not). We used a dag of hot glue and stuck the cards standing vertical on the stones. The table looked beautiful will all of these clustered cards, and we were able to arrange them in alpha order, as well.

Irbas said...

what about if you combined the cards with the menu (if you are going to have one)... and do a vertical, larger shape with the name and table placement on the outside and then the menu on the inside? or, if you really want the rocks... put a little piece of that tacky blue stuff (i can't remember the name) exactly where you want the rock and place the rock on it... that way the rocks will all be in the same exact place on the escort cards.. do you know what i mean? so they can be aligned all to the right or left or center or whatever.. just some thoughts..

Kelly Oshiro said...

I had a similar issue with the tree. I ended up doing only about 30 names on the tree and the other 25 or so on each side of the tree. I used white rocks to hold down each place card and had some rocks in the vase with the manzanita tree as well. You can see pictures here: http://www.projectwedding.com/photo/list/kellyoshiroevents?photo_to_show=155194
More detail shots are on my website too: kellyoshiroevents.com/photos.php, Sam & Kelly Wedding.

Erica said...

You could do the traditional folded place cards and have the wishing rocks elsewhere. Maybe on the other half of the table (if there's room) or at the gift table. Scatter the rocks on the table, place a hurricane there and instructions on making the wish.

I've seen the trees done before--you just have to designate the trees alphabetically (A-F, G-M, etc).

justchicevents said...

Those are actually my trees that I submitted to Style Me Pretty's DIY contest!! I definitely agree to limiting the number of cards to 30 per tree, and also breaking them down alphabetically like Kelly suggested, otherwise, it can become clustered and chaotic. They were a huge hit though, and made such an impact visually. Happy planning!

Oh Happy Blog! said...

Just thought I would chirp in. It sounds like you love the idea of the river rocks, standing cards, and sentimental notes to each guest- so why not do them all?

If you really love the way that the shell picture looks, then sub the shells for rocks- and write your message inside the tented cards (they are more like note cards now which means that they can use them as a place card but take them home later in the evening.) which means no envelope worries.

Just a thought.