DIY {Drinkable} Escort Cards

I think escort cards are one of the most fun wedding details to get creative with. There’s nothing wrong with a display of tented cards to provide guests with their table assignments—but these days there are endless ways to get creative with displaying your seating arrangement.

Succulents and other potted plants are really trendy and can double as favors:

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Potted plants double as escort cards and favors. Photo by Love Ala / Image via 100 Layer Cake.

I’ve seen a blog post about a travel-themed wedding where the seating chart was a map of the world painted onto a large sheet of burlap, with the guests’ names and table numbers inscribed on tiny paper airplanes pinned all over “the world”:

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Photo by Stone Crandall Photography / Image via Green Wedding Shoes.

If you’re gifted with advanced skills in the art of Photoshop and graphic design, you can render your own digital seating chart:

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Seating chart by Steve Juliano via Behance. Alas, Mr. K and I don’t even own a copy of Photoshop software, nor do we have much graphic design experience. I would say the extent of my graphic design involves heavy-handed use of the spray-paint tool in Paint.

For outdoor weddings, it looks fun and charming to pin multicolored paper birds to a clothesline (although, for a large wedding with a very long guest list, it could also invoke a scene from the Hitchcock movie The Birds…eeek!!!):

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Photo by Ela & The Poppies Photographie.

Or you can also keep it simple and fasten traditional escort cards to a clothesline, like this Charleston couple:

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Photo by Tec Petaja / Image via Once Wed.

Mr. Wallaby really liked that last idea. But I can be a worry wart sometimes, and I was concerned about the weather—what if our wedding day turned windy and a huge gust of wind knocked all of the escort cards off the line? I don’t want my elderly relatives bending down to locate their card scattered amongst 150 other cards all over the ground.

So I continued to scourge the Internet for inspiration. I really loved the idea of distributing drinks with name tags for guests to find their seats while simultaneously enjoying a refreshment:

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Thirst-quenching escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings.

However, Mr. W and his sisters thought lemonade sounded too summery for a November wedding. I looked into bottled apple cider, but it was wayyy too expensive. So, in keeping with the vintage theme of our wedding, we decided to serve Coca-Cola in old-school glass bottles and attach escort tags to each bottle. This picture was our inspiration:

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A refreshing seating chart courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings. Photo by Yunhee Kim.

We envisioned a cute gray striped straw in each Coca Cola bottle, but instead of wrapping name tags around the bottles like the glasses in the picture above, we planned to print names and table numbers onto small tags using the same template as the favor tags:

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Small paper tags we created for our tea-in-test-tubes favors. We’ll use the same template to create escort tags, and tie them around Coca Cola bottles with pink baker’s twine. Personal photo.

The first (and hardest!) step of this project was gathering 150 bottles of Coca Cola. Only one grocery store chain in Houston, Kroger’s, sells Coca Cola in the 12 oz bottles, so every time we drove by a Kroger’s, we would pop in to buy up their inventory of bottled Coke. This was our growing collection:

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Our collection of Coca Cola bottles. Personal photo.

I’m hoping that this will be a special touch that our guests will enjoy, adults and kids alike. And the Coca Cola has a special meaning to us, too: we picked up a pack of the same bottled Coke on the way to our engagement session, so these bottles made a few appearances in our engagement pictures!

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See those Coca Cola bottles tucked into the picnic basket? Photo by Mustard Seed Photography.

To me, this was a great project to get done while we were still a few months away from the Big Day. We just recycled the escort tags for guests who RSVP’ed “no,” and Mr. W volunteered to drink any leftover Coca Cola Bottles. I’ve read awful stories about brides staying up all night working on escort cards the night before their wedding. I am a girl who lives on 6+ hours of sleep a night, so I hoped by the night before the wedding I could get some serious beauty sleep.

How are you displaying your escort cards?

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Mrs. Wallaby

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
November 2012
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    Mrs. Camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 6:06 am

    Such a cute idea! I can’t wait to see how all these details turned out at your wedding!

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    emma20130601 319 posts, Helper bee @ 6:10 am

    This is so cute! I love this idea!!

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    Mrs. Dragon 2891 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:46 am

    That’s awesome! I’d be psyched to get that escort card!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:07 am

    Such a cute idea, I love that you used Coke in your engagement pictures too!

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    Mrs. Sword 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:43 am

    Ah, your ideas are just so darn cute! I love it.

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:59 am

    I like the idea of the small cokes, it sounds great to have something to drink while you look for your seat.

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    Hammock, Guest @ 9:05 am

    We went to a wedding in August where they had little cups with each guest’s name and table number written on them, and the cups were filled with Chex mix. They didn’t do a cocktail hour with hors d’ouvres so these things were a great little snack to tide us over! Drinks are a great idea as well!

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    Mrs. Panda 1324 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:43 am

    Such a great idea, so cute. I love those bottles.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 5:59 pm

    This is so classic and nostalgic! I love your use of them!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:38 am

    I love those little Coke bottles! Our venue doesn’t allow glass bottles, but that was one of my favorite favor ideas (our colors are orange and pink, so orange soda was a contender)! I still think drinks may happen, but we’ll see what ends up happening for us. I’m excited to see how yours turned out!

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    Allison, Guest @ 12:15 pm

    Can you post a picture after your wedding. I am doing the same thing for our vintage carnival themed wedding in October and I would love to see how it turns out!

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    YSQueen 2004 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:45 pm

    Why did I not think about this before?!? I gave out bottles of sangria as favors and I could have just attached the escort cards to them. Definitely keeping in mind for the future.

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