After the ceremony, your guests will be looking for their reception-table seats, which means you’ll need escort cards to guide them there. And while the sky’s the limit when it comes to clever seating-chart displays, one of our favorite ways to direct guests to their table involves something everyone will love: alcohol. Whether your tastes err on the bubbly side (have your caterer fill Champagne flutes with escort cards attached to the rim) or towards a harder liquor (tie escort cards to mini bottles of your favorite booze), we've got enough boozy escort-card inspo to find a perfect match.
Ahead, you’ll find our favorite booze-themed escort card ideas.
Flagged Shot Glasses
We love a two-in-one, and these escort cards not only show guests to their seats but are also sure to keep the conversation flowing once they arrive. You could make these shot-glass escort cards by printing guests’ names on adhesive labels (a great opportunity to get the label-maker out!) and DIY-ing the table-number flags using stickers wrapped around wooden skewers.
Miniature Moscow Mule Mugs
Cheers to these teeny tiny Moscow mule mugs that doubled as escort cards! The mugs were hand-lettered with each guest’s table number and displayed on an oversized board for guests to peruse. They also add a warm, copper texture to the décor and check favors off your to-do list.
Here, the glasses represent each table and the stirrers call out guests' names. Recreate something similar by making cocktail stirrers out of wooden stirrers and circle-shaped stickers. Write each guest’s name on the sticker and display them in highball glasses that have been painted with letters representing each table or organizing the escort "cards" in alphabetical order by last name.
Bottles of Beer
Love beer? Name your tables after your favorite types of ales and then tie escort cards to bottles of locally made craft brews. Display the beer bottles in wooden caddies and encourage guests to pop them open and take a sip.
Since the groom’s favorite drink is a Manhattan, this couple passed out miniature bottles of Maker’s Mark with tags attached that listed the guest’s seating assignment as well as recipes for the bride’s and groom’s signature cocktails. While the whisky may not last the night, guests can relive their favorite wedding moments by whipping up one of the signature cocktails at home.
Instead of using numbers, name each reception table after a favorite type of wine. Create a similar escort card display by filling wooden wine crates with moss and fresh grapes and then staking escort cards with wooden skewers. A snack-able (and eco-friendly) seating-chart display is a major win in our books!
Glasses of Champagne
At this couple’s wedding, guests arrived at cocktail hour and were greeted with a table laden with glasses of Champagne, with escort cards attached to the rim. Because who wouldn’t want to walk into a room and be immediately handed a glass of Champagne?
An escort-card display comprised of vintage shot glasses certainly has our attention—think of the rainbow refractions when the sunlight hits them at this outdoor wedding. Better yet, a server stood by to top them up with tequila as each guest located their seat.
A destination wedding intrinsically calls for injecting as much of the flavors and culture of that location into the wedding details. Getting married in the Tuscan countryside? Vials of limoncello bearing escort-card tags are the perfect, adorable fit.
Finally, something to do with all those wine-bottle empties. These two brides crafted this seating-chart display by printing table assignments on labels and adhering them to wine bottles before showcasing them against a board. The focal point went on to become a mainstay in their home to house their wine collection.
Bottles of Tequila
Tequila your booze of choice? Get the party started by passing out miniature bottles of Patrón with escort cards tied around the neck.
Another way to capitalize on your love for wine and penchant for finishing off bottles is to get crafty with the corks. All you need is a paring knife and steady hand to turn them into vino-themed escort-card or place-card holders. You could even order custom corks with your initials or wedding date branded onto them.
Tropical wedding styles or destination celebrations are prime for this creative idea. Fresh coconuts with natural coconut water or filled with a boozy cocktail make for festive escort cards. Tie the table marker to the straw (as glamorously illustrated here) or have the coconuts branded for a little more detail.
A Champagne Wall
These effervescent flutes play off the aforementioned Champagne idea—attaching individual escort cards to the rim—but creates a much more visual display. The boxwood wall includes a greenery installation and has shelves with divots to hold each glass of bubbly. The construction even served as a photo-booth backdrop for this coastal wedding.
Tequila Shots With Lime
Okay, tequila enthusiasts, we've got one more piece of inspiration for you. These boozy shot glasses were topped with lime wedges that touted the seating plan to create what the newlyweds cleverly called a "Salud table."
Full disclosure: We love anything served in a coupe glass. This is a great opportunity to treat guests to a glamorous cocktail and direct them to their prescribed seat with a bow-wrapped stem and detailed tag. Cheers to that!