11 Creative Escort Card Ideas for a Fall Wedding

Impress your guests will these autumnal accents

Updated 09/17/19

 Photo by Aaron Delesie; Event by Keely Thorne Events

We support seasonal wedding décor every season of the year, but we're especially adamant it in the fall. There's just something about celebrating the season's natural beauty that feels especially, well, natural this time of year.

With the changing colors and bountiful fall crops like apples and pears available, it's really the perfect (and most popular!) time of year to host a wedding. These natural elements can make delicious appearances on the food and drink menus, and can inspire the rest of your fall wedding décor as well.

One of our favorite ways to celebrate the season is to incorporate autumnal touches into the escort-card display. Why? It's an easy opportunity to make an impression—everyone has to get their name card after all!—and it's a chance to send each guest home with a touch a fall at the end of the night. Plus, our ideas are totally inspired. From gathering fall leaves to gifting fall wedding favors that your guests will use this season, we've rounded up a list of 11 fall-inspired escort card ideas below.

Read on to find the a vibe that fits your wedding style—and don't forget: You're more than welcome to combine ideas! Because with fall wedding décor, sometimes more really is more.

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Calligraphed Envelopes

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 Photo by Carina Skrobeck; Planning & Florals by Greenwood Events

On our list below, you'll find many "items" to pair with escort cards. But let's not forget about cards themselves. They can feel decidedly fall-inspired—just take this display from a recent Montana wedding as proof. Here, we love how the calligraphed escort cards (by West Pasture Studio) are done in the perfect vibrant hue and finished off with a massive arrangement of seasonal blooms.

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Natural Accents

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Photography by Arturo Diluart; Styling by Mila Diluart

Take seasonal foliage to the next level by adding it the card itself. These delicate details are especially capturing thanks to the petite size and varying shapes and colors.

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Mini Pumpkins

Photo by BKB & Co. Photographers

Pumpkins are harbingers of fall, so embrace autumn’s bounty by creating a harvest-themed display of miniature gourds. Then, complete each with an escort-card tag attached with raffia or twine. If you're not after the rustic look, try white pumpkins—or painted gold, as shown above—for a chic take on the fall staple.

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Pears

Pear escort cards

Photo by Ross Harvey

The fresh produce idea can also be done with pears, as Matthew Robbins did at this dreamy wedding in Provence. If you're recreating this look, we recommend making each calligraphed card appear more natural, almost as if it's a chic leaf extending from the produce.

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Birch Branches

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Photo by James & Schulze; Planning and Design by Bluebird Productions

Make like this detail-filled Aspen wedding by writing guests' names and table assignments on actual wood logs. We envision this display in a natural forest or rustic setting but feel confident that it will add a dose of fall no matter where you're marrying.

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Honeycombs

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Photo by Tim Willoughby

Honey will always be a favorite favor because it lasts forever, and you can make it even more special by pairing a jar and/or honeycomb with each escort card. That way, you're sending guests home with two-in-one favors and encouraging them to try pairings—with something yummy like tea, veggies, or cheese—at home.

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Picture Frames

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Photo by Kyle John

This is another idea that has lasting value! At this recent wedding, a real bride and groom—he owns a frame shop; she's a calligrapher—combined their talents to create mini works of art for their guests. We'd say this concept is a definite framer.

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Matchboxes

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Photo by Alex Bramall

Fall is a season for warm fires and fragrant candles. So why not give your guests something that's a perfect match? We say go for it!

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Specialty Cocktails

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Photo by Stephanie Brazzle

Take cocktail hour right into the reception by pairing each escort card with a specialty beverage. At this Colorado wedding, the couple asked guests to include their drinks of choice on their reply cards...and, on the wedding day, said cocktails were waiting alongside their table assignments.

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Calligraphed Leaves

Photo by Ali Harper

This idea may seem obvious, but that doesn't make it any less pretty. We're always a fan of hand-calligraphing guest names on actual fall foliage.

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Fresh Wheat

Photo by Jen Fariello Photography

A final fresh idea: Tie tags with guests’ seating assignments to individual stems of cut wheat for a natural touch.

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