Escort cards and place cards are always used interchangeably and shouldn’t be.
To avoid confusion when talking to your wedding planner, catering manager, and stationer, here’s a quick glossary of a few terms. Escort cards and place cards are used interchangeably but they are two different things:
Escort Cards – These are cards usually placed at the entrance of the reception or in the foyer area. These cards “escort” guests to their assigned tables.
Place Cards – This is at each place setting at the guest tables. This is used for assigned seats.
Escort Seating Chart – This serves the same purpose as the escort cards but is in the format of a chart.
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Originally published in December 2010