Take A Seat…Specifically Where I Tell You To.

Escort cards are an annoying, yet critical part of wedding planning. While we briefly (I mean, briefly) toyed with the idea of open seating, I soon said to myself, “Miss Jet…do you really trust that people will evenly distribute themselves throughout this venue in such a casual way that they just so happen to sit with precisely the right number of family members/friends/colleagues?”

Miss Jet quickly responded, “Oh, hell no.”

Thus was born the need for escort cards. I wanted to avoid the old tent-card-on-a-table standby and visited my trusty frenemy, Pinterest, for inspiration and fell in love with the hand-written shipping tags on a framed board:

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These are wrapped with washi tape, too—such an inexpensive and cute idea! / Image via I Do It Yourself

I quickly mentioned the finished board here, but I wanted to get the board pre-tacked as I wait for my wonderful sis, MOH J, to hand-write all of escort tags.

I have to briefly interrupt this post to share something personal. I have a confession to make, hive. As crafty as some of you may believe me to be—I have a dirty, little secret.

I’m left-handed.

::whew::

So glad that’s off my chest. I’m a calligrapher’s NIGHTMARE, you guys. My handwriting is that of an old man. I write in all caps. I smudge absolutely everything I write. And there was NO WAY in hell I would ever trust myself to hand-write my escort tags—so big ups to MOH J AGAIN for coming through on this one.

Like I was saying, as I wait for the finished tags to roll in, I decided to pre-pin the board so that the finished tags can just be slipped on upon arrival. I wish I could be okay with the Pinterest-y, non-chalant, seemingly haphazard look shown above, but I am just way to anal for that shizz…

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Yes, I hand-spaced every tag. Yes, I’m crazy. Yes, I’m okay with it. Yes, the rest of these photos are personal.

We did end up with more tags than room on the board, so I created two-smaller contrasting boards with different fabric to sit alongside the larger frame. It will definitely add some visual interest and depth to our escort table—so all’s well that ends well!

And here are the finished boards!

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Here’s the large board that now houses 44 of our 76 tags.

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Here is the smaller board which will hold 16 each of the remaining 32 tags.

How are you doing your escort cards? I’d love to see!

BLOGGER

Mrs. Jet Setter

Location:
New Bedford
Wedding Date:
October 2013
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    spotted_giraffe 312 posts, Helper bee @ 5:45 am

    These are so cute while still being simple! Great job! And..I would have spaced them out just right too. No shame.

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 5:55 am

    Love this idea! My escort cards were a disaster, so I really wish I had done something like this!

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    pengoala 28476 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 9:10 am

    I LOVE your escort cards! These are fantastic! Nicely done!

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    Jen041815 584 posts, Busy bee @ 9:14 am

    Are you putting couples names on the tag or one tag per individual? I’m always curious how people do that. I love it! It looks great!!

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 9:36 am

    @Jen041815: Thanks! We’re doing it per couple, so it will read, “A & M Jet Setter” on the first lines and then, “Table 1″ on the bottom. If the couple has one child, we did one card for all, but for two or more children, we did separate cards for the kiddies.

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 10:06 am

    Your board kept out awesome! I would have definitely spaced them out with a ruler too. ;)

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:00 am

    Creative/interesting place cards and/or a seating chart were my original plan, but then it turned into a “You Really Don’t Give a F about This, Palm Tree” thing. ;) Yours are awesome and I can’t wait to see the final product!

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 3:41 pm

    I can’t believe you made those boards – they look so professional!! I haven’t even thought about my escort cards yet, but I love your idea.

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:01 am

    Very nice- I’m jealous of your hand spacing skills!!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:30 am

    WOW, it looks so awesome! I really wished I had done something cool for my escort cards, but it was one of those things that was low on the priority list, and we just ended up with old school tented cards.

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    Kristina, Guest @ 6:05 pm

    This looks wonderful! I am planning on doing something similar – where did you find the tags?

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 1:42 pm

    Very cute! I love the non traditional seating charts.

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