Barbara Wallace Weddings turns the escort card table into a focal point by using a wagon-wheel configuration of cards. While this table is decidedly elegant, "The format can be used for any style of decor," Wallace says. Photo by Lauren Hill Photographic Artist. See more of Wallace's work in her new book, "Beautiful Bride from Every Angle."
Colette Lopez of La Fete ties the cards to the edges of a charming metal frame she owns. Photo by Stephanie Hogue Photography.
Colette Lopez adds just a touch of coral shell to each card--a simple accent that packs a punch of color.
Colette Lopez makes the escort card do double duty as the favor--here, bags of lovely macarons for guests to enoy after dinner or on the shuttles back to their hotel.
For a wedding themed to "vintage old Hollywood," Colette Lopez sets elegant escort cards against a dreamy backdrop. Photo by Melissa Musgrove.
A closer view of the "vintage old Hollywood" escort cards from Colette Lopez. Photo by Melissa Musgrove.
Dramatic peacock feathers grace the escort cards at this wedding by Colette Lopez; the feathers also were tucked into centerpieces and napkin folds. Photo by Docuvitae.
Colette Lopez likes to use clear vellum envelopes to add a dash of color to escort card tables. Here, the envelopes are buried in trays of split peas.
From Frank Andonoplas, MBC, a custom seating chart featuring handpainted flowers from the bride's bouquet.
For a wedding at a conservatory, Frank Andonoplas hangs the escort cards from manzanita branches.
A closer view of the cards.
For the wedding of a librarian and a writer, Frank Andonoplas echoes an old-fashioned library, with escort cards as "catalogue cards," which had been typed on an actual typewriter.
A closer view of the "card catalogue"; note the author names and drawers filled with rose petals.
Janice P. Blackmon of Janice Blackmon Events arranges escort cards spoke-fashion on a bed of vibrant floral. Photo by Nadia D Photo.
For a camp-theme bar mitzvah, Janice Blackmon puts "cabin number" cards on flashlights.
Janice Blackmon evokes nostalgia for home with an escort card table featuring family photos and cards held with old-fashioned clothespins. Photo by Sharon Wheaton of Alternative Life Photography.
Janice Blackmon gives a lively twist to a soccer-theme bar mitzvah with these soccer-ball escort cards on a "field." Photo by Ric Mershon Photography.
Jenne Hohn puts a twist on the use of wine corks at this Napa Valley wedding--which have been "done to death," she says--by using champagne bouchons. Here, they are seated in red lentils. Floral design by Julie Stevens Design. Photo by Wendy Maclaurin Richardson.
Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, of Events of Distinction showcases the ethnic heritage of a Chinese bride and Japanese groom with paper dolls on manzanita branches. Guest tables were named after revered Asian virtues such as forgiveness, patience and devotion. Photo by Grace Image.
My favorite escort card is one that is functional and doesn't get thrown away, says Jenne Hohn. Guests held on tight to these bottles of limoncello, which were made by the chef bride and sommelier groom with lemons from their own lemon tree. Photo by Lauren Cohn Frankel.
A closer view of the paperdoll escort cards from Events of Distinction; many of the male guests used the hooks on the cards to hang the cards on their jacket lapels so they could wear them throughout the reception. Photo by Grace Image.
Events of Distinction honors the memory of the bridal couple's beloved dog with escort cards tied to doggie cookie cutters. Photo by Irvine Photography.
At this Events of Distinction wedding, guests depart with the cookie cutters along with a specially wrapped package of cookie mix. Photo by Irvine Photograhpy.
To salute a travel-loving couple, Events of Distinction uses luggage tags as escort cards. Photo by Grace Image.
A closer view of the tags, which are arranged in citrus-hued mini suitcases. Photo by Grace Image.
For a couple in love with all things athletic, Events of Distinction designs escort cards that resemble ski-lift tickets. Photo by Sherman Chu.
Events of Distinction carries the "love is the spice of life" theme through this wedding with a "spice rack" escort card table. The cards were die-cut in the shape of spice bottles; each dining table was named after a favorite spice. Photo by Wendy Maclaurin Richardson.
The brilliant colors of Thailand salute the favorite travel destination of the bridal couple thanks to Events of Distinction. Photo by Dennis DeSilva/Studio Seven.
Mary Litzsinger of VP Events supplies photos of each wedding guest to a caricaturist, who creates an escort card for each.
Guests at the VP Events wedding take their original caricature home.
For a wedding in an art museum, Outstanding Occasions pins the escort cards onto a beautiful model's "hoop skirt." Photo by Jerry Yoon.
For an outdoor wedding, Outstanding Occasions plants escort cards in succulent trays. Photo by Kimberly Jarman Photography.
For a "rustic chic" wedding, Outstanding Occasions uses shutters accented with floral to display the escort cards. Photo by Stephanie Fay Photography.
When the wedding overlooks the beaches of Santa Barbara, Calif., "Just use the elements of the enviroment you're already in," says Kerry Lee Dickey of Santa Barbara Weddings and Events. Here, sand dollars in boxes of sand make for beautiful escort cards. Photo by Michael + Anna Costa Photography.
A closer view of the sand dollar escort cards from Santa Barbara Weddings and Events. Photo by Michael + Anna Costa Photography.
Sasha Souza creates a dreamy escort card table with iridescent tiles, a concrete fairy and moss triangles, which held the escort cards.
For a bride who wanted to showcase vintage family photos, Sasha Souza created a backdrop of an old riddling rack accented with floral.
Who needs an escort card table? Sasha Souza affixes crystal strands to a tree and the ground, then magnetizes the cards so they stick to the strands.
For an outdoor wedding in wine country, Sasha Souza sets a riddling rack on a table, then decorates it with grass, peonies and succulents.
For a golf-loving couple who married at a resort with a magnificent golf course, The Special Day uses golf tees to hold the escort cards. And ....
.. the escort card table is designed to resemble one of the holes at the resort.
The Special Day and Ly Nguyen Design create "movie ticket" escort cards for a bridal couple who are huge movie fans; each table was named for a favorite film. Photo by Aaron Delesie.
For a wedding at Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Special Day arranges escort cards as the "orchestra"; the bride and groom were the "conductors." Photo by Victor Sizemore.
The Special Day helps the groom--an artist--create holders for the escort cards from Lego bricks. Some of the figurines actually resembled the guests.
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One of Jenne Hohn's "favorites": a driftwood "tree" bearing copper "leaves" with guest names. Tree designed and photographed by Asiel Design.
A closer view of the copper "leaves." Photo by Sengbush Photography.