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Outdoor weddings are always gorgeous thanks to the sun shining overhead and a breeze rustling the surrounding foliage. But that same breeze can cause some real trouble if you're hosting your meal outdoors. Keeping candles lit and ensuring that papers won't fly away can be a real hassle, especially if you're near an ocean. Rather than trying to control the weather, the best thing you can do is pick details that the breeze can't disrupt. Since escort cards are usually the first to fly away in the wind, we've rounded up a few great ideas for keeping these important little note cards in their place.
Whether you're into brass, tassels, marble, shells, or wood, there are plenty of ways to work with texture and color to create a wind-proof escort card display that works with your overall wedding design scheme. Some couples choose to create an escort card display that's stationary and works more like a seating chart, while others opt to allow guests to reach for their card as a keepsake. Either way, here are a few escort card ideas that are sure to stay put when the wind starts blowing at your gorgeous outdoor soirée.
Designed by Fig. 2 Design and Meant to be Calligraphy, this wood palette was flanked by tropical greenery to bring this escort card setting to life. The cards were attached to the palette with brass tacks, keeping them secure in the blowing breeze.
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Seashells by the Seashore
Beach weddings are among the most wind-challenged affairs. To keep it simple, this couple chose escort cards that were held in place with a weighty seashell.
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Art Wall Installation
This couple chose to display their escort cards by affixing them to a painted tapestry, with flowers and foliage artfully arranged to frame the setup. The cards were tacked up and secured with pins and a thin navy ribbon.
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This escort card display incorporates a handmade macramé wall hanging that's perfectly bohemian. We'd recommend using a base dowel as well to keep this installation from blowing too much in the wind.
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This crafty couple used paper clips, twine, and brass pins to give a cool geometric look to this escort card display. The paper clips could be swapped for mini clothespins or mini binder clips for even more stability on an extra breezy day.
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Brass pushpins are a wedding planner's go-to for keeping escort cards attached to a board or wall of any sort. Bonus: This display makes the pins seem more like a design element rather than a necessary wind-proofing measure.
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An excellent idea for a wedding in a library, this freestanding card catalog had guests' names arranged on individual escorts cards (and in alphabetical order, of course).
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With the weight of these floral lapel pins, it would be tough for these escort cards to take sail in the wind. As a bonus, they add a cute piece of flair to everyone's outfit.
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Rather than working against the wind, designer Carrie Darling embraced the elements and came up with this wood display that had guests' names calligraphed on one side, with their table number on the opposite side.
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A wonderful wind-proof solution for a beach or river wedding, you might consider having a collection of rocks calligraphed with guests' names and table numbers. Plus, these pretty stones are a lovely keepsake for your guests.
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Pinned to a world atlas, these escort cards might blow in the breeze, but certainly won't take flight. This approach is wonderful if you're hosting a wedding for an international crowd.
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Flamingos led the way to this Palm Springs wedding dinner, each wrapped with an escort card and table assignment. Since these birds are rooted in the ground, it'd be pretty hard to imagine them taking flight.
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Upholstery tassels have a good weight that keeps escort cards from blowing in the wind. This couple replicated a sequin effect with this display that replicates the look of the room keys at the Kelly Wearstler–designed hotel Maison 140 in Beverly Hills.
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