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Updated: Sep 25, 2019

Of all the decisions you make when it comes to your big day, food likely makes its way to the top in order of importance. And what better way to share those essential edible details than with a menu that carries your theme right through to your tablescape

Traditional menus, which simply list the contents of the reception meal, are commonly found at each place setting. Menus often provide the couple another opportunity to showcase their wedding theme with a monogram or design feature that may have been used in their invitation suite. This is often achieved with digital printing on a standard rectangular size. However, if budget allows, unique shapes and high-end press types are worth considering.

Though less common, table-top menus are also an option. These are often framed and located at the center of the table for the seated guests to share. Larger poster-sized menus provide another way to share details and these seem to rising in popularity. The larger menu signs, which are also framed, typically greet guests as they enter the reception or food line.

While a menu’s most important job is to inform your guests of the entrées to come, it’s not uncommon for them to do double-duty. When designed specifically, menus can also serve as place cards. As you might guess, menu place cards direct guests to their specific seat at the table. While menu place cards are typically more expensive than a traditional menu, you can save money when you pair the two together.

Menus can also serve as a key for wait staff when different entrées are being served at the reception. They can be designed with the obvious icons (cow for beef, fish for salmon, and so on). Or if a more subtle look is desired a unique border could be added to the menu to indicate the different dishes.

Whether you include a note of thanks on back or list the order of events for the evening, there are lots of creative ways to make your menu perfect for your wedding! For more inspiration follow us on instagram or visit our website.

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Updated: Sep 25, 2019

You’ve finally finished mapping out your reception table assignments. A congratulations is in order! Now it’s time to help your guests find that seat you worked so hard to select for them. Will you need a framed seating chart or individual cards? And what is the difference between escort cards and place cards? Read on as we breakdown the meaning of it all and help you determine which items are best for your big day.


When seating friends and family at specific tables you’ll need to identify each guest with their name and their table number. You can easily do this with a seating chart or individual escort cards. Your choice to do a seating chart or escort cards may come down to the room you have for your display or specific design ideas that you may have in mind.


Simply put, seating charts are larger poster-size signage that list all guest names, usually alphabetically, along with the table number where they’ll be seated. Typically, all guests can fit on one seating chart (usually 24x36 in size), however a small party of less than 75 guests may fit on a smaller sign while larger parties of over 200 may require several charts. Seating charts are often designed using the event branding and motifs and can be produced as a framed paper poster or on acrylic or a mirror.

Escort cards, similar to a seating charts, identify the guests with their table number. They can be written per person or per couple. Escort cards can be as simple as tented cards placed alphabetically on a table. However, party stylists and stationers are getting more and more creative with their displays whether pinning flat cards to beautiful display boards, adding wax seals or even pairing with leafy stems, fruit or other natural accoutrements.

Whether you choose to guide your guests with a seating chart or with escort cards you will also need table numbers to indicate which table is which. As implied, table numbers simply have a number (or sometimes a custom name) listed or written out on the card and are typically placed in an easy-to-see spot on the table. Table numbers could be tented cards that stand on their own, a flat card that can slip into a frame or custom numbers that can be rented from a local stationer. Paper Daisies Stationery rents frames and custom table numbers for our local Georgia weddings!

At this point you may decide to let your guests find their own seat at the table, but if you’d like to place each guest at a specific seat then you’ll need a place card for each guest! Place cards may look similar to escort cards but they only show the name of the individual guest. Their main purpose is to guide each guest to a specific seat at their table. Place cards are often small tented cards that stand or lay on their own. 

Learn more about seating options or download our Excel chart and/or Excel card templates to get started creating your own. If you’re ready to shop we invite you to view our seating charts, escort cards, table numbers and place cards in our online shop.

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