Outdoor Escort Cards That Won't Fly Away
Escort cards (or their alternatives, seating charts) are basically wedding necessities, unless you aren't giving your guests table assignments. They guide celebrants to their designated spots, which helps the reception run smoothly. But if your event is being held outdoors, they might not feel as easy to incorporate as they would be for an indoor affair. When potential weather issues—including wind and rain—are involved, choosing the right seating display gets even trickier. Don't let nightmares of blown-away, soggy, or otherwise ruined paper goods get you down, though. With the help of these ideas, you can marry outside and still direct everyone to their seats with ease.
As you're planning your seating cards, keep materials in mind—most of the following examples don't actually involve stationery. Instead, it's smart to work with something hardier, be it wood, stone, leather, acrylic, or another weighty material. Bonus points if its waterproof, too! If you really love the look of paper, however, you can work around the elements in other ways. Try securing your escort items with pins, clips, paperweights, or the likes. To see those ideas (and more) in action, turn to the slides ahead for inspiration.
No matter your wedding's formality and theme, there's an outdoor seating display for your affair. The following parties varied greatly, but they all involved unique and beautiful escort cards or charts. With their help, you'll have no trouble brainstorming an option for your al fresco celebration, and your attendees won't have any trouble finding their places, either.
If your venue has a pool, pull a page from this couple's book and turn beach balls into unique escort "cards." Laura Hooper calligraphed these, and synchronized swimmers fetched them for guests!
Tuck cards into produce for an organic display that'll keep the paper goods down. This cheerful setup featured calligraphed stationery by Joya Rose.
Cards on Sticks
Leather tags paired with colorful tassels made up this chic seating display. Sophia Loves Letters provided the calligraphy for the keepsakes.
It was hard for anything (besides the guests!) to dislodge these Designs by Ahn escort arrows, which were stuck to a target for a camp-themed wedding.
These strips were actually photos from the bride and groom's engagement shoot, with celebrants' names and table assignments written on by Ivory Plum Lettering.
Wind will only play up the theme of kite-inspired escort displays like these ones planned by Wife of the Party.
These wooden boxes were filled with herbs and escort stones calligraphed by Julie Song. The creative items doubled as favors.
For this Amorology event, house-shaped glass décor was arranged on shelves for the seating display. Each item had guests' seating assignments written on them—the creative idea represented the community feel that the couple craved.
This wedding featured plaid escort cards (calligraphed by Curlicue Designs) that were ingeniously placed between the planks of a wooden table to keep them stable.
La Bohéme Events used bottles as escort cards for this fun seating wall.
Utilize common supplies like pushpins to keep even the lightest of paper goods secure. That's what this couple did for their Revolution escort wall.
Draw inspiration from your local library and file your seating assignments into retro cabinets.
How kitschy-cute was this lawn décor (planned by Bash Please), which directed guests to their seats?
Give attendees the literal key to their seats—the items are heavy enough to hang without worry. The bride at this celebration made the escort display herself.