DIY (Drinkable) Escort Cards: Part II

I’ve mentioned previously that Mr. Wallaby and I would be providing refreshments that double as escort cards during our cocktail hour. My inspiration was from the ever-creative Martha Stewart Weddings:

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Thirst-quenching escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings


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

Our drink of choice for the escort cards was Coca-Cola—it looks so classy and retro in glass bottles!—so we stockpiled a small mountain of bottled Coca-Cola over the course of about a month:

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So.much.Coca.Cola. / Personal photo

Once we gathered enough bottles for all of our guests, I was tasked with creating “escort cards” with our guests’ names and table numbers. Bridesmaid H had the idea of creating the same small paper tags that match the ones we attached to our favors (tea in test tubes). I happily agreed—the most cohesive-looking weddings keep things simple with just a few patterns and fonts.

So I pulled up the template for the favor tags that I had created in Microsoft Word (I am clearly so techno savvy!) and changed the tea flavors to guests’ names. This took a while—my last name is very often misspelled, so I wanted to be overly careful that I didn’t misspell any names, especially the tricky Persian names. I printed the tags—16 names per page—onto cream-colored card stock from JoAnn Fabrics, I got out my handy-dandy scalloped tag punch from Michaels, and I punched away:

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My scalloped tag punch from Michaels. Bless that thing, it’s been through a lot in the last nine months! / Personal photo

I threaded some light pink baker’s twine (also featured wrapped around save the dates, invitations, and favors!—do I sense a theme?) through a small hole in the tag and tied it around the neck of a bottle. Here are a couple photos of my prototype:

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A finished escort card / Personal photo

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A closeup of the escort card tag / Personal photo

Once I finished tying the tags to all of the bottles, I arranged them in alphabetical order and packed them up to be transported to our venue. We spent a lot of time figuring out the logistics of how the bottles would be distributed—I loved the idea of servers passing them on trays (each tray arranged in alphabetical order…e.g., A through F, G through L, etc.), but I wasn’t sure everyone would pick up on what was going on and find their bottle. It could be easier to just display the bottles on a table in alphabetical order.

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Bottles can be pretty lined up in neat rows with pretty paper tags! And stripey paper straws to boot. / Photo by Jonas Peterson via Sugarblossom Weddings

So hive, to anyone else who had drinkable escort cards: did your waiters pass the bottles around on trays during cocktail hour, or did you display them on a table? How did you arrange your escort cards?

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Mrs. Wallaby

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
November 2012
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    Jenna, Guest @ 10:12 am

    My cousin had drinkable escort cards at her wedding a couple summers ago – I think it’s so cute! She had lavender iced tea for all of us with a flag tag on a skewer and a basic clear straw. The tags were all handwritten and the table names were french cities (they got engaged in Paris). They were placed on a round table with a centerpiece in the middle, with rows of drinks out from the centre. Instead of alphabetically though, the rows radiating out from the centre were by table. This made it hard for some people to find their names but it was easy for me (all the other people at my table had the same last name as me, as it was my cousin’s wedding).

    I think it’s an awesome and unique way to introduce guests into your reception area. (Plus, my sister and I totally spiked our iced tea at the open bar! Wooo long islands!)

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:21 pm

    These are super cute! I wanted to do drink escort cards so I could use my awesome paper straws, but I couldn’t find the right drink. I’m loving yours :)

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    Mrs. Fox 1634 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:32 pm

    I just love the idea of this, and it will be so uber cute with the Coca Cola bottles!

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:00 pm

    I think waiters passing them on trays might be too complicated, lining them on a table might be better and easier.

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