Good morning! I'm sure all of you guys are looking forward to the Memorial Day Weekend as much as I am! Today feels a bit like a Friday for me, since I'm going to California early tomorrow morning. Still posting here as usual though, in case you were wondering ;) I'm going to be away from home for nearly three weeks, which is quite a long time for me! There just happened to be a couple of important events going on back in CA, all within weeks of each other, and I didn't want to have to pay for an extra flight to go back and forth in between. I know I'll probably get home sick while I'm away, and miss my husband and my baby kitties, but I'm sure it'll be fun, too! I'm also just looking forward to getting away for a while.
Anyway, this week's Picks on Paper showcases all kinds of escort cards! I thought it was about time I did another post of the subject, since it seems like I am always coming across new ideas for them, and escort cards are a necessity for most weddings (unless you're having a small wedding or eloping). The purpose of escort cards, in case you didn't already know, is to direct your guests to where they are sitting at your wedding reception. Differing slightly from place cards, which are going to show your guest which seat is theirs, escort cards typically direct your guests to their assigned table at your reception. Once guests get to their assigned table (via their escort cards), it's up to you to decide whether or not you even want to assign them their seats using place cards. Or, you can forgo place cards all together and just let your guests sit wherever they'd like at their assigned table.
Escort cards can be really simple paper cards, if you want, but I think it's a great opportunity to have fun and showcase your personal wedding style or theme! Plus, there are some really great, inexpensive ways to go about it - using fruit, polaroids, donuts and cupcakes, pencils, scrabble pieces, fresh herbs and seed packets; it depends on how much time you have, more than anything! Some will take more time to create than others, but budget really shouldn't be a factor when deciding on fabulous escort cards. ...And if budget isn't as much of a factor, then your options expand even more! Skeleton keys, mason jars, mini champagne bottles...nothing is off limits, really! If you're still stumped for suggestions, I've included a bunch of great escort card ideas below. Be sure to check out the credits below each batch of images for a few links to DIY tutorials, as well!
Love Ala via 100 Layer Cake | Kellan Studios via Ruffled | Somewhere Splendid | DIY Succulent Place Cards via The Wedding Chicks | DIY Escort Card Display via Elizabeth Anne Designs | Caught The Light via 100 Layer Cake | Pobke Photography via SMP
Photography by Mr. Haack via SMP | CWF Photography via SMP | DIY Cupcake Escort Cards via Elizabeth Anne Designs | Mango Studios via SMP | Meg Perotti Photography via SMP | Flutter Glass Photography via SMP
Sam Hughes Photography via Ruffled | Joielala Photography via The Wedding Chicks | Love by Serena via Ruffled | Ashley O'Dell Photography via Ruffled | Shewanders Photography via SMP | Greg Lumley Photography via Junebug Weddings | Jessica Stout Photography via SMP | Marianne Wilson Photography via SMP | Maypole Studios via SMP | Paper Antler via 100 Layer Cake | Kyle Hale Photography via Ruffled | Our Labor of Love via 100 Layer Cake | Kate Webber Photography via The Bride's Cafe
The Image Is Found via SMP | Lindsay B. Photography via SMP | Erich Chen Photography via SMP | Meg Smith Photography via Snippet & Ink | Aaron Shintaku Photography via Ruffled | Vintage Wooden Spool Place Cards by Raemj on Etsy