Miss Mink’s Escort Card Board Comes Together

A few months ago, I covered a bulletin board in my favorite fabric in the hope of using it as an escort card board. I had gathered escort card board inspiration from around the web and loved the idea of incorporating fabric and a beautiful frame into our board. A short time later, I came across a beautiful frame at Michaels and was able to get it for a great price, thanks to a 50%-off coupon.

The board sat in a corner for a few months, and once our RSVP deadline had passed (and we chased down a few replies), it was time to finish this project. I knew I wanted our escort cards to hang from ribbon. After an exhaustive search, I found a company that sold sheets of printer-friendly card stock with perforated hang tags on them. Just a few weeks after I placed an order, Avery debuted a similar product that is now being carried at office supply stores, so anyone thinking of trying this can probably find the supplies needed locally. Using a downloaded template, I designed escort cards in Adobe Illustrator. I used my new favorite font, Carolyna Pro Black by Emily Lime Designs, and used the glyph feature to make the tags a little more ornate. If you’ve been around a while, you might remember Mrs. Penguin’s introduction to using glyphs (she was inspired by Mrs. Licorice). Once you become familiar with using glyphs, I promise that you’ll be hooked! I spent a wee bit too much time selecting the perfect embellishments for every escort tag I made.

Once the tags were printed, it took quite a while to carefully punch them out.

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Our venue sprung a few surprises on us when it came to how our dinners would be served (more on that in the future), so instead of hanging the tags on ribbon that matched the rest of our color scheme, which had been my plan, we used the ribbons to indicate the meal selection of the guest whose name was on the tag.

We used blue ribbon for meat, pink ribbon for fish, green ribbon for children, and yellow ribbon for one vegan meal.

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I wasn’t too excited about using simple push pins on the board, so I bought some upholstery tacks to use. I thought having tacks that are normally used for nail-head trim on furniture was a nice nod to my past as a design blogger.

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Though the board I made was large, it wasn’t large enough for every single escort card to hang, so I bundled couples and families together. I had a little internal debate about whose card to put on top when two or more tags were hung together. I decided that “ladies before gentlemen” made the most sense, so the order was women, men, then children.

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I was thrilled with the result! This is a project that turned out almost exactly like what I had envisioned in my mind. I never saw the escort card board in person, but my coordinator, Amanda Gray, snapped a picture that I was able to see on Instagram the next day.

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Photo by Amanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings / Used with permission

We assigned tables to our guests, but practices seem to be getting more casual these days. Do you like the super-formal style where your seat is assigned? Do you like being assigned a table? Or do you like open seating, which seems to be more popular than years ago?

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Mrs. Mink

Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    dalmatian 592 posts, Busy bee @ 4:46 pm

    Gorgeous!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:56 pm

    I really love how your escort card board came out! I think the colored tags are also so smart!

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    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 5:57 pm

    This is beautiful! I love the fabric and the colors you chose!

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 7:34 pm

    They turned out so cute! And the colored ribbon was such a smart solution

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    soyjoy222 3817 posts, Honey bee @ 5:40 am

    I assigned seats to alleviate confusion. My board looked similar to yours :) Yours is so beautiful. I was very proud of my escort tag board and I think it was the hardest project to actually decide on an idea! There are so many good ideas out there.

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:37 pm

    this came out so cute! The frame paired with the fabric is the perfect match! We’re doing assigned tables, but then leaving it up to the guests to choose where at that table they would like to sit.

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    hillary, Guest @ 11:50 am

    love this whole thing! you did such a great job! is the font something you could share?

    thanks for the great inspiration!

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