Creative Wedding Escort and Place Cards and What's the Difference?

Have you been confused by the difference between an escort card and a place card? When I first started out in the business I had no idea and thought they could be used interchangeably! Boy, was I wrong! Here’s the etiquette breakdown.

Place cards are actually considered more formal than escort cards and are placed at each guest’s place setting and are usually used with plated service. If there is a choice in entree, the place card indicates what the guest will be having….chicken, fish, vegetarian, etc. You can indicate either by color-coding the card, or my favorite is to use these adorable stickers (I typically choose the metallic versions) that I found on Etsy! They have everything from a cow to indicate beef, a fish, a cute carrot for vegetarians or even GF for gluten-free! It helps remind your guests of what they chose to eat on their reply card and also is a tremendous help to the catering staff to seamlessly know which entree goes where without having to ask the guests.

Escort cards on the other hand are used more at semi-formal events and are used to indicate which table your guest is assigned to. Typically they are at a table near the entrance of the reception space.

For large weddings, or really anything where there is more than one table, place cards will be accompanied by the escort table. You can also do a seating chart sign which will list each table and who is assigned to that table. You can either alphabetize the guests by last name and then list their assigned table or list each numbered table with the guests name written below.

Often place cards and escort cards are an area that gets overlooked and it’s a real shame to not incorporate the theme of your wedding into the seating charts and place cards! There are so many amazing options out there that go beyond the typical framed signed with guests table assignments and the standard tented card with the guests name written on it placed at their place setting. I love innovative options such as tequila shots at the Mexican Destination Wedding we did, quirky feathered arrows on a bullseye, and even synchronized swimmers with custom beach balls!

Check out the options below for some amazing inspiration that really goes outside the box and makes a statement at your wedding!

Place Cards

Escort Cards

Just a quick new year 2019 tip

The holidays are a popular time of year for love to blossom into the next stage. We have worked with many wonderful couples that got engaged over the holidays. It is never too soon to start planning for your wedding even if you are not sure what you are going to want fully. In fact, that is where we come in. We’d be more than happy to ask you questions to get your creative juices flowing and offer our insights into what has worked for others in the past and what hasn’t.

Let’s make 2019 your dream year. We want the starting process to get off to a relaxing start so you can spend more time with your family and getting excited. Whether you intent to have a large wedding or an intimate affair and your favorite hang, Lolo Weddings and Events is going to be able to offer our services. We make sure that the excitement you felt over the holidays when you got engaged is carried throughout the process and that your wedding never becomes more of a chore than necessary.

Happy 2019, and we can’t wait to meet you!

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Happy 2019

We can’t wait to be a part of your celebrations!

Mexican Destination Wedding

Planning a destination wedding can be a breeze with the right wedding planner. So don’t be afraid to explore options outside your comfort zone. For this beautiful couple, they knew they wanted their ceremony and reception on the beach which limited many options for them. LoLo Weddings & Events were able to negotiate a spectacular evening beach wedding complete with fireworks for less than half the cost of a wedding in Southern California!

Since all guests were from out of the country, we expanded the wedding festivities to maximize everyone’s time together. We kicked off the wedding weekend with a Welcome Reception at the Westin Marina Puerto Vallarta Hotel Lobby Bar. Margaritas were flowing and delicious Mexican fare was to be had by all. And to make things more fun, we had all the guests dress in white.  

The morning of the wedding, the girls went to the Marina for a yoga session to relax and get ready for the big day. They then had an outdoor breakfast with green juice (jugo verde!) and acai bowls. Nice and healthy before all that tequila! haha.

Wedding Aisle Decor with Framed Photos of Bride and Groom Throughout the Years

The Ceremony

We transported guests down memory lane by having every few rows with a photo of Allie and David from a specific time period in their lives….baby photos, first day of school, high school and college….all the important moments that led to this momentous moment for the two of them where their lives merged into one.

A woven runner helped guests get to their seats on the beach minimizing the sand in their shoes. A modern white stage and arch with sheer white draping looks gorgeous with the brides complementing wedding dress.

It’s All in the Details…

Mexico Beach Wedding Sweetheart Table Centerpiece with Ivy and Flowers
Blue Agate coasters served as Bride and Groom place settings
Agate place settings with matching agate menu cards and tequila favors.

Blue agate coasters with gold trim serving as place settings for the bride and groom and matching menus were purposely chosen to set the elegant beach mood and reflect the nearby blue waves.

Mexican Destination Wedding; ombre cake


We knew the cake HAD to be purple, the bride’s favorite color, but we wanted to make it a little more eye-catching by doing ombre frosting decorated with purple lisianthus. It looked so beautiful with the colors of the setting sun behind it. Oh, and it tasted Ah-mazing.

Mexican Destination Beach Wedding with Fireworks
Bride and Groom Kiss Underneath the Fireworks at Mexico Destination Wedding


Ummm every first dance should end with a dramatic dip, kiss and fireworks in the sky, right?? What an amazing and magical moment for these lovebirds! And in Mexico, it’s a FRACTION of the cost as it would be here in LA. Highly recommend!

Puerto Vallarta Wedding Guests Dancing and playing the Air Guitar


Absolutely EVERYONE was on the dance floor….air guitar and all. People still talk about how much fun this wedding was! It was the perfect mix of beach, elegance, amazing music (handpicked by the Bride and Groom), and FUN!