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This is partthirty-one of a series called One a Day in May, where we will review one wedding stationery term every day in May!
So, our final post today is going to explain how “place cards” differ from escort cards, which we learned about yesterday. Escort cards, as we know, includes a guest name and their table number, and acts as a guide to their seat. Place cards are usually only a guest’s name and they are “placed” at the guest’s seat, either on or next to their table setting. Place cards do not move from the table (unless they are doubling as a favor, in which case the guest takes them home afterwards). They simply hold someone’s place. Oh, I should also note that both place cards and escort cards can include some indication of the guest’s menu choice for dinner, if that is needed for your catering team!
Place cards are typically used in conjunction with a seating chart because the chart can tell guests which table they should look for and once they find it, their place card dictates their seat at that table. Like escort cards, place cards can be basically anything you can write on! It’s another great opportunity to personalize your tables with something unique for your guests.
Whew! We made it! Day 31! We’ve learned so much together over the last month (and I say “we” because although I do consider myself pretty knowledgeable in the world of stationery, there were some terms and historical info that I had to research to give you guys the best possible explanations! It’s been a journey!) I hope this was helpful and informative for everyone. There are, of course, so many more terms and methods and ideas that we stationers put into practice when we work on beautiful things, I could probably do “one a day in 2021” and still not cover every single thing. But we also like to leave a little intrigue, you know, secret’s in the sauce.I guess that’s about all I’ve got! Thanks for coming to my TED talk. Best wishes, warmest regards.
May 31, 2021
Mise En Place (Everything In Its Place, Including Your Guests)
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