A new twist on something oldPosted: April 26, 2012
Everyone wants to have an escort (or table) card at their wedding or special event. Escort cards are wonderful to have because they kindly guide people to the proper table as opposed to letting your guests loose on an entire room and creating unnecessary chaos – and guaranteed at least one hurt feeling. Usually, all escort cards are pretty much all the same… I am sure you have noticed that when you go to an event, you find your name written on a standard plain card. Now, don’t get me wrong, I pretty much love the traditional table card with the cute little envelope. However if you are looking to break away from the ordinary, here are a few ideas.
A little over a month ago I calligraphed some shamrocks for a Saint Patrick’s Day themed wedding reception. The couple was having a classy wedding but wanted to really take advantage of the holiday that their wedding fell on. Shamrocks, and the color green, were incorporated throughout their reception. Is your wedding on or around a holiday? Incorporating the time of year is an easy way to spice up your wedding reception.
Recently, a couple wanted to say thank you to their guests for being a part of their lives and wedding weekend. Instead of traditional escort cards, I was asked to calligraph (in all lower case letters) their guests names on the back of their wedding favor. The bride and groom donated, in their guests honor, a monetary contribution to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association.
For our wedding, I wanted something completely unlike anything I had ever seen… naturally – why could I just not order some simple, prepackaged cards like everyone else? Daniel and I had our wedding reception at the Historic Train Depot in Winter Park. We both thought that the building was fantastic. It had old exposed brick and light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. The train even graced us with its presence as it ran down the tracks and blew its horn during our reception. With all of these things in mind, I created a vintage train ticket for each guest that took the place of a traditional escort card. Instead of calligraphing their table number on their card, I punched what table number they were to sit at. I wanted our escort cards to be fun, reflect the environment that we were in, and naturally I wanted them to be unique!