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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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 11:42 am

    That looks great! I like the different ribbon colors representing food options.

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:42 am

    It turned out so great! As a guest I like being assigned a table. I have six people in my family and when we have attended weddings with open seating we always end up having to split up. We assigned tables at our wedding and then had place cards for each guest at the table. That was mostly because I liked the idea I came up with for place cards :)

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    jennicole01 371 posts, Helper bee @ 11:44 am

    Can I ask where you found those tags? They are perfect!

    I like being assigned to a table, and I don’t mind having an assigned seat, either. The fewer flashbacks I get to my middle-school cafeteria, the better!

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    debeachgirl 742 posts, Busy bee @ 11:52 am

    Thank you for the heads up on the tags. I am using pine cones and have been trying to figure out what to attach to them. This just solved my problem!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:56 am

    Lovely board! I don’t want to dictate who our guests sit beside and we would have just done open seating, but there is a fair bit of drama among a few of our guests, so I decided to make escort cards with assigned tables but not assigned seating. The cards will just be tent cards but I need to figure out what to place them on. I like the carnation idea but that’s actually a little out of budget at this point. I have black tablecloths and black backed escort cards which don’t look as great as they could when they’re against black. I want to find something red (our secondary colour) for them to go on but I haven’t found something yet. These are my escort cards: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-escort-cards-1.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:57 am

    I love how you did this, the idea of using different colors for different meals sounds very usefull.

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    StL.Ashley 1768 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:03 pm

    open seating has always been what my family does (until my cousin’s wedding last year) and I HATE it. It’s so awkward – people just mill around, not wanting to commit to a table, moving chairs around…I much prefer assigned tables and that’s what FI and I will do.

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    mkim 611 posts, Busy bee @ 12:07 pm

    Mink…I so stole your fabric board idea from you. I love how it turned out.

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    Mrs Mauer, Guest @ 12:08 pm

    We did assigned tables at our wedding last month since we were at the max amount of people. We also have large groups of friends and family. Everyone was happy and everyone got to sit with their family or group of friends.

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    almostmrsj 3243 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:15 pm

    1) That’s adorable!
    2) I like assigned seats, unless I get put next to someone I don’t like or no one I know. :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:15 pm

    I love how this turned out! Also, Carolyna Pro Black is my new favorite font, the glyphs are so fun :)

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:15 pm

    Beautiful! Great fabric choice. I like assigned seating as it helps avoid awkward situations and keeps families and groups together where needed.

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    bridesmomma 451 posts, Helper bee @ 12:30 pm

    This is gorgeous!!!! I agree with Mrs. Sunhat…I like assigned seating at weddings!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:47 pm

    What a lovely project! I absolutely adore how you put your board to use and the details you incorporated.
    In terms of seating, we will definitely go formal and assign seating to our guests.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 1:02 pm

    We’re being casual and leaving it up to people to decide, and that’s mainly because I don’t feel like figuring it out on my own. :P I don’t mind assigned seating, though!

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    azsunset12, Guest @ 1:08 pm

    This turned out perfectly! Since your escort cards were denoting meal choice, did you have problems with guests not displaying them once they got to their seat? I’ve heard people will tuck them in their purse or leave them at the bar, so we are leaning toward place cards. If you had no trouble, I’d much rather do escort cards so we don’t have to assign seats!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:39 pm

    Your board is beautiful! I like the idea of assigned seating, because I feel like open seating tends to be wasteful seating, since people like to leave an empty seat between groups, and so on.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:57 pm

    I love the colored tags for meal choices!

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    Anesya 53 posts, Worker bee @ 2:24 pm

    I love the thought of assigned tables, but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of planning that. We are planning on having kids tables if all the kids want to sit together (think 25+ kids) they will have that option. Kids and assigned seating just won’t work for us.

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    LaughLines 346 posts, Helper bee @ 3:57 pm

    The board looks wonderful – what a great use of your fabric. My escort cards are the near the end of my DIY list… I think because I haven’t figured out what to do yet – so many pretty ideas!

    Oh, and definitely a fan of assigned tables… self-seating always seems to make the tables not fill up correctly, in my experience!

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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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