7 Ideas for Place Cards & Escort Cards

When it comes to weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, or any special event, it’s the details that really set it apart.  One of the details that may not get as much attention is the escort cards or place cards.  Escort cards let guests know which table they’re seated at; Place cards are on the table, letting guests know where to sit.  Many times these cards are available for free from the venue.  But with just a bit of thought and creativity, the escort card display or place cards can be another detail that wows your guests!  Here are some of our favorite ideas.

7 Creative Ideas for Your Place Cards & Escort Cards for your Wedding, Bat/Bar Mitzvah or Party

1. Escort Card Tree

Escort Card TreeThis fresh escort tree made by Michael Zac Design Group was fantastic.  The cards were engraved with the couple’s initials. The guest’s names were hand calligraphed in gold ink and each person walked away with a pink orchid…beautiful, romantic and memorable.

Crystal Tree Escort Card TableYou can also drape crystal strings on a tree such as this stunning display from Tantawan Bloom.

2. Food & Drink Escort / Place Cards

Adding food or drinks to your escort or place cards is a sure crowd-pleaser.

Food, Drink & Cocktail Escort Place CardsBags of Popcorn from Indulgy, Rock Candy from 100 Layer Cake, Drink Escort Cards from Martha StewartOrange Escorts & Card TableMelisa Imberman from The Event of a Lifetime created a beautiful display for an orange-themed escort table.

3. Escort Tables – Themes

Escort cards are a perfect opportunity to showcase your wedding, mitzvah or party theme. It’s also a great way to get guests into the spirit of your event.

Lantern Wedding Escort Cards

Cam Turner Design’s gorgeous seating cards were tied to lanterns – a great idea for an outdoor evening event.


Lacrosse Escort Cards, Place Card IdeasAn escort card display resembling a lacrosse field, complete with lacrosse sticks, was created by Melisa Imberman from The Event of a Lifetime.


A List Star Escort CardsFor a VIP A-List themed event, Event Planner Melisa Imberman from The Event of a Lifetime worked with Carolyn Dempsey from Carolyn Dempsey Design to suspend shining stars with the guests’ names and table numbers.  Photos from the bat mitzvah photo shoot were also on display for a personalized touch.

Candy Theme

Lollipop Escort Cards, Place Card IdeasLollipop Escort Cards from Bell Wether Events

Club VIP Passes

VIP Escort CardsVIP Pass Display from Person Killian Photography

4. Artistic DIY Escort Cards

For the artistic couple or teen, you can truly create a work of art with the escort card display. It can be a fun DIY project for friends and family, or work with your event planner or stationer to create something truly unique.

DIY Escort Cards, Place Card IdeasSunset Escort Seating CardsHeart Arrow Display from Style Me Pretty, Hanging Lucite from Martha Stewart Weddings, Pink Ombre Escort Card Display from Elizabeth Anne Designs, Hanging Sunset Cards from Ruffled Blog.

5. Wedding or Mitzvah Board of Escort Cards

Mitzvah Escort Card BoardThe Bat Mitzvah Board of Escort Cards was so simple to execute.  It can be ordered through Michael Zac Design Group or DIY.  It’s colorful and fun.

Expert Tip: Rachel Yohai of Michael Zac Design Group suggests using two cards whenever possible – one for the name and one for the table number. This is done so that it’s easy to make last minute adjustments if you need to change tables at the last minute.

6. Photo Walls of Escort Cards

Photos instantly personalize the escort card display.  Use a photo of the couple or bar/bat mitzvah….Photo Escort Place Card Boardor REALLY impress guests by including each of their photos.

Guest Photo Escort Seating CardsPhoto Board from Etsy, Guest Photo Board from Ruffled Blog

7. Double Duty: Escort or Place Card Favors

Many hosts are making sure the escort or place card won’t simply be thrown away by combining them with guests’ favors.

Cocktail, Flower, Favor Escort Place CardsWhiskey Escort Cards from Style Me Pretty, Bud Vases from Project WeddingLottery Ticket Escort Cards, Place Card IdeasTest your guests’ luck with lottery ticket escort cards, from 100 Layer Cake.  One of your guests may walk away with millions!

Have a unique escort card or place card idea you’d like to share?  We’d love to hear it in the comments below.

Written by Cigall Goldman

Cigall Goldman