asked me to do escort cards for an event and when I went to
the stationery store to choose them, the woman there said that
I didn't want escort cards, that I needed "seating cards".
Could you tell me the difference between the two and what the
definition of the various kinds of table cards are?
terms are used interchangeabley and they shouldn't be. I will
try to unravel the terms and put them in a way they can be remembered.
am referring to the Crane's Blue Book of Stationery for my information
along with some comments from people who deal with them all
"place card" is a small flat card or tent card to
be placed at the individual seat each person should occupy.
It should be written with each person's name on it. It should
say Mr. Johnson. Or Mr. William Johnson if more than one Mr.
Johnson will be seated at that table.
cards" are usually an envelope with a card inside with
the couple's name ("Mr. and Mrs. Johnson", for example)
on the outside and the table number that they are assigned to
on the inside card. If more than one Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are
attending, then add the husbands first name to the outside.
If it is an individual attending, of course, Miss Johnson or
Ms. Johnson could be used. These cards are at the entrance to
the dining area to inform the guest which table and the table
number inside. Each table should have some kind of identifying
number on them easily seen from a distance. One advantage to
using an envelope with the card inside is that you can change
them around right up to the last minute and not have to rewrite
the cards. One friend calls these cards "table assignment
cards" to make it easier to identify which card it is.
cards" are the same as table cards and can be used interchangeably.
cards" and envelopes tell your guests who they will be
escorting to dinner. The gentleman's name is written on the
envelop. The name of the lady he is escorting to dinner is written
on the enclosed card. They are placed on a table outside the
dining area. This is an outmoded term and is rarely used.
is easier if we would all use the same names for various cards
so we could not be confused as to what we need to buy and what
card we are actually going to write. As for the formality of
the event and how the names should be written is up to the person
having the event. We in Southern California have a reputation
for being more casual and may want to add the first name of
the husband to all the table cards or just the first name on
the place cards. They may not be acceptable to East Coast people.
It really is an individual choice.