Congrats, you're married! You've celebrated with champagne at cocktail hour and now it's time for everyone to find their way to dinner. This is where escort cards come in. And, boy, are they important, considering the hours and hours you spent fine-tuning that seating chart. (After that much work, you definitely want your friends to sit in the seats you oh-so-carefully selected.)
But here's the thing: You don't want that chart to look so much like a chart, right? That's why we scoured our real wedding features and our favorite Instagram accounts to find creative solutions to this dilemma. Here, you'll find a photo gallery of 18 ideas that are perfect whether you're throwing a beachside bash (think classic and white), garden party (think scented lavender sprigs), or lakeside soiree (think pieces of driftwood). And here's the newest trend in escort cards: choose something that can do double duty. Like those lavender sprigs we mentioned: they can serve as a fragrant treat at dinner—and even as as a boutonniere on the men's jacket pockets. Or you can go with an escort card that's also a favor—like mini succulent plants (everyone loves those) or a personalized illustration of each guest (again, love). Basically, your guests are going to love anything with their name on it, so give them something they can keep! It's a physical guarantee that they'll remember your big day forever. (Well that, and the fact that you're throwing a damn good party.)
So keep scrolling to find the pretty inspo that best matches your wedding theme, and remember: There's no wrong way to create your seating chart, but there are 18—and counting—creative ways to get it right.