Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Getting Creative with Escort Cards

I was just reviewing some photos for a presentation and was kind of taken aback when looking at the displays of escort cards I have created for different clients over the last several years.  I believe that the escort card display is key in setting the tone for what guests will expect for the event.  In looking at all of the different ideas and how they relate to the event, I can really see how these displays not only set the tone, but were a real reflection on my client's personality and taste.  I thought I would share a few of my favorites for your thoughts and comments.

Of course, there is always the traditional escort card table which is classic and elegant.  The following table was designed for a wedding at a Oak Hill Country Club in upstate New York.  It definitely fit the surroundings and conveyed a classic elegance that was perfect for my client.

The following escort card table is also classic and truly spectacular.  This was not my design but was created by the ever talented David Beahm for a wedding I produced at the Metropolitan Club in New York.  The lush floral and glass were perfect in this setting.

I love the simplicity of displaying escort cards in a bed of wheat grass.  For this particular wedding at the Rainbow Room, I created a very simple display with accents of floral in white and green.  Simple yet very elegant, fitting the client's personality perfectly.

I often like to do something unexpected for the escort card display.  At a wedding for a dear friend in upstate New York I hung the escort cards from large topiaries.  It was a fun, unique presentation that guests had not seen before.

There is also the idea of skipping escort cards all together.  For a garden wedding at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York, our client wanted to keep it simple and we simply listed all of the guests names and table numbers on a chalkboard.  It was clean, simple and environmentally friendly.

The next display was anything but simple.  For a stunning wedding at Tribeca Rooftop I designed and created an 8 foot square flower wall at the entrance to the venue.  The escort cards themselves were printed on round hanging mirrors.  At the end of the night we were able to reuse the wall and hung favors for guests to take as they left.

I love the whimsy of the next escort card display I created for a garden wedding at Caramoor Gardens in Katonah, New York.  Using basic twine I created 4 rows for the escort cards between 2 trees.  Then I used wooden clothespins to hang the escort cards.  It was so unexpected and perfect for this setting.

When you have a client who loves to read, why not use books as escort cards.  In this case the books were journals that also served as favors for the guests.  I brought in an antique desk and chair as the setting for this truly unique display.

Finally, I truly loved this whimsical display I created for a wedding at Bridgewaters in New York.  We used a combination of floral and succulents along with willow branches to create a stunning display as guests entered the room.

There are so many fun, unique ideas for using an escort card display to set the tone for any event.  I would love to see other ideas so feel free to comment and share your favorite escort card display 

Until next time...


1 comment:

  1. These are great ideas Shawn. I particularly love the clothespins and books...simple yet creative and totally fit the venue. Thanks for sharing!