Deciding to have assigned tables at the wedding reception means that you'll need to come up with a way to let your guests know where to sit. What's the best way to do this? And if you use escort cards, what is the best way to arrange them? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your reception questions.
What's the Best Way to Arrange the Escort Cards?
If you're doing assigned tables at your reception, you'll need to have escort cards (sometimes called "seating cards"), which direct a guest to his or her assigned dining table. Usually, they are printed or calligraphed with the guest's first and last name (titles such as "Mr." and "Mrs." are optional) and the table number. All of the cards are then displayed on a special table near the reception entrance, where the guest can easily access it. For guests' ease, the cards should then be arranged in alphabetical order by last name. Traditionally, you would write one escort card per couple (married or unmarried), one card for someone with a guest, and one card for families. Here are some examples of how these cards should be addressed:
For a Married Couple (Formal)
Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens
For a Married Couple (Less Formal)
John and Jane Stevens
For an Unmarried Couple, Alphabetize the Guests According to Their Last Names
Elizabeth Harris and Thomas Smith
For Someone With a Guest
Andrew Chan and Guest
For a Family
The Craft Family