When it comes time to seat your guests at your wedding or event, you want to keep things clear to avoid confusion or mismatched placements. (Heaven help us if great aunt Gertrude ended up seated next to her cousin Harry that she has detested since fifth grade) The solution of course is providing tasteful escort cards, but why settle for plain and boring? Your escort or place cards are a perfect way to add some creative flair and beauty to your event, and there is no better way to accomplish both than by using flowers. (Everything is better with flowers, of course!)
Here are some creative and easy ideas for using fresh flowers as part of your escort cards. Most are very DIY friendly! Be sure to order your bulk flowers from a reputable online vendor such as BunchesDirect and save even more.
DIY Floral Wreaths
What a sweet way to show your guests to their chairs! These adorable miniature wreaths also make wonderful keepsakes for the guests to take home. Choose small grapevine or foam wreaths from your craft store. You will also need floral tape, glue and the fresh flowers of your choice. For a quaint look as shown here, try purple wax flowers with some sprigs of green trachelium. For complete instructions visit ProjectWedding.com
Billy Ball Escort “Stakes”
This is a cute idea! Buy bulk “billy balls” (also known as craspedia) in sunny yellow and use them to fashion these escort stakes by threading the stem through your paper in two places. You can also use wire to strengthen the stems, or even attach the flowers to wooden skewer sticks or dowel rods. Secure the stems into foam inside your container of choice (such as this wooden crate) and cover the foam with decorative moss.
Carnation Escort Card Display
Buy bulk carnations in your fave colors and use a simple glue gun to attach them to a framed board for a quick and beautiful way to display your cards or a seating chart. Anyone can do this and yet it looks so amazing when you are done!
Fresh Flowers and Place Cards
Even if you keep things classy and simple by setting traditional place cards by each guest plate, be sure to order some extra flowers, such as these fresh pink roses, to embellish the display. Coordinate the printed flowers on your cards with the fresh flowers at each place. These can be taken home by the guests for a lovely added favor.
Set up a foam or craft board that you cover with fancy paper (even old wallpaper sheets work nicely, or sturdy wrapping paper). Attach simple test tubes. Adorn with the fresh flowers of your choice, such as these gorgeous ranunculus. Attach your guest place card and you will have a very memorable display that all the guests will rave about.
Another very simple way to add some flair and beauty to your escort card display is to order extra bulk flowers such as pink carnations, set them on your display table, and “nest” the cards instead the petals. It’s so easy and yet so effective! This works especially well for romantic or boho chic style events. Carnations work well as they have delicately ruffled petals, that are still sturdy enough to hold the cards in place.
Escort Card Flower Pots
For a sweet and creative way to display seating lists, find some budget-friendly pots at the dollar or gardening store. You can always spray paint them using your color of choice. Add some floral foam and fresh flowers such as garden roses, dahlias or peonies for a lovely way to present your cards.