Escort Cards and Place Cards, what is the difference? You ask. Well, both indicate where a guest will sit at your reception dinner. We’ve got the low down for you.

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Place Cards

Place cards indicate not only which table, but also a particular seat at that table which is theirs. They work together with a seating chart which guides the guests to their table number, where they will find a place card identifying their seat. The pro’s to assigned seats? Grandparents are not forced to twist in their chairs, or crane their necks to see the action. Couples are sure to get two chairs together, babies and children can be placed between caregivers.

Creating a seating plan and communicating that plan to guests will put them at ease, knowing where they are meant to be. With some careful thought put in to seating assignments, comes ease and comfort. They also assist serving staff with discrete indicators as to which meal goes where. The higher your guest count, the more structure is necessary for proper flow, which is why place cards are most common. Photo by Juan & Angie Photography, Place Card and Calligraphy by Debbie Wong Design.

Escort Cards

Escort cards are slightly less specific, and therefore less formal than place cards are. While they still indicate which table guests are meant to sit at, they leave it open for guests to figure out which chair to sit at.

They are typically placed on a table in alphabetical order by last name, to save guests from having to search through all the other names. One upside of escort cards, would be that a couple’s names could go on one escort card.

Seeing inspiration on your IG feed or on Pinterest, you may fall in love with a beautiful escort card display. They don’t have to just sit on a table, there are endless beautiful, creative Escort Card display ideas out there! Before you fall in love with one, we encourage you to discuss the logistics with your Planner.

Prosecco Wall

For example, those beautiful prosecco walls require enough staff to begin pouring just as your ceremony ends so they are still bubbly and chilled when your guests arrive. They also need to fill the display and keep the crowd flowing, to avoid a selfie road block where half of your guests are stuck waiting in line.

Donut wall escort card displays are another trend worth mentioning, since they also can’t be set up very far in advance for freshness. It’s doable, just be warned that your Planner and Caterer will be advising you on the additional number of servers required to execute this.

So, what have we learned about Place Cards vs. Escort Cards today?

That escort cards ‘escort you’ to your table. Place cards are found at your place setting and work with a seating chart. That either type can be displayed in a fun or elegant way. Lastly, that it’s important to discuss it with your Planner to figure out which plan works best for your wedding.

Check out our post on creative place card ideas for inspiration. Looking for more helpful guidance or assistance with the overwhelming planning process? Give us a shout!
Comment below if you found this post informative and to let us know which one you’ll choose for your wedding.

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As you’ve probably already heard, Luxe by Calgary Bride and Calgary Bridal Guide have been merged into one fabulous new resource called Confetti Magazine! (We’re thrilled to be included in volume 1 btw!)

Well, Confetti hosted a launch party to celebrate at Willow Park Wines. Loree Photography captured images of the event. Plus, Celebs Photo Booth let us get wild with confetti which never gets old!

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Confetti Magazine

What a fun night! It was a great chance to hang out with some of my friends in the wedding industry. Pro’s who like me, are still right in the thick of wedding season and therefore needed a night out!

Host: Confetti Magazine
Photographer: Loree Photography
Venue: Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Rentals: Modern Luxe Decor
Deserts: The Pie Junkie and Bakery LTD
Photobooth: Celebs Photobooth

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Yay! Last night was the official launch party for the inaugural issue of Confetti; the marriage of Calgary Bride magazine, and Luxe by Calgary Bride.

You can grab your copy at Chapters, Bridal Expo, or swing by for a visit, I’ll be picking up lots of copies to share with you lovely humans! I’m so excited to have my ad printed in the first ever issue of Confetti magazine, found on page 186. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Confetti Magazine
Confetti magazine

These are the two beautiful fall cover options. (Photo Credit: Loree Photography)

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Guess what! Our Blush & Merlot Love Poem inspiration shoot at Charbar in the 105 year old Simmons building in the heart of East Village yyc is featured on Style Inspired Weddings! Check out the feature here.

Calgary Wedding Inspiration

If you’re looking for a really unique Calgary wedding venue with lots of character, you should consider having a Charbar wedding. The centuries old heritage building has been updated while still preserving it’s history. Plus the food is AMAZING. Stay tuned for the film from our talented videographer coming soon. You can also see our bts blog post here.

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I met and connected with SO many amazing couples yesterday. Thanks to all who came by my booth (at One Love LGBTQ wedding show) to say hello. Whew! We’re always pretty exhausted after big wedding shows but also still on a major high. Can you believe that a real couple actually won their wedding?!

That’s right, I teamed up with wedding industry friends to give away a wedding to one lucky couple via online voting. There was a beautiful ceremony, followed by a cocktail reception in the VIP Lounge and it was so exciting!

For my booth design, I chose a soft, spring colour palette with marble accents. This modern black flatware really popped against the white linens. Yummy little sugar cookie place cards were my favorite element of this tablescape! That would be a really fun little personalized favor, don’t you think? Finally, since chair signs are really popular right now, I added “Better Together” chair signs, but you could easily use two Bride or two Groom signs!

I knew that I wanted a customized stationery suite, so I come up with a couple of gender neutral names that anyone could relate to; Taylor + Jordan. Then my hypothetical couple needed a fabulous 3 course dinner, so I came up with a really delicious meal and sent my design ideas to the stationer!

Shout out to all my fellow VIP sponsors, who made one couple’s wedding dreams come true. Also, props to all our wed industry friends who had booths at this LGBTQ wedding show, because Love Is Love!

If you or a couple you know is looking for guidance or vendor recommendations who value equality and acceptance and kindness, I’ve been compiling a data base of them. I’m also here for you whether you’re planning a non-traditional or a semi-traditional wedding, so get in touch!

VIP Lounge Sponsors
Planner: Birch & Bunny Weddings
Hors D’oeuvres and Cocktails: Great Events Catering
Decor: Chair Flair
Venue: The Hyatt

Birch & Bunny Booth Collaborators
Cookie Place Cards, Cake: Cake Bake Shoppe
Tablewares: Modern Luxe Rentals (Formerly Gathered Table Supply)
Stationer: Brinley Wilder Design
Chair Signs: Custom Laser Works

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Calgary Bride has just featured the Rose Quartz and Navy Winter Wedding inspiration photo shoot! This is such an honour, because Calgary Bride is a local institution.

We hope you are ready for some cozy outdoor seating and warm fur wraps. It was a lot of fun to style this faux outdoor wedding. Don’t worry, in real life we’d have heaters, tons of blankets, and of course an indoor back up plan in case the temp drops!

I’m just glad that I had a coffee and hot chocolate bar on set for our amazing team of wedding vendors who came out to make this fun creative shoot happen!

Featured on Calgary Bride

Birch & Bunny’s birch arch is featured in vol. 1 of Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine! Many thanks to the work of the lovely and talented Natalie of Heart + Sparrow Photography.

I got my hands on this magazine, and can I just say that there’s nothing like holding nice quality paper in your hands. Flipping through the pages of a beautiful wedding magazine like this can give you all sorts of creative ideas. Grab a copy and fill your fave mug with cocoa, and get ready to be inspired!

Featured in RMB magazine
Featured in RMB
Featured Canmore Wedding


Featured in: Rocky Mountain Magazine
Venue: Cornerstone Theater
Photographer: Heart and Sparrow Photography
Arch Rental: Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Florist: Willow Flower Co.
Dress: Pearl & Dot
HMUA: Simply Me Canmore

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I want to wish a very happy 2016 to all Birch & Bunny clients, both past and present, to all of the talented teams we have been working with to make the magic happen for those wonderful couples, and to our family and friends!  You all have played a big part in our growth over the past year and continued success, so thank you so much.  I feel very fortunate to be able to share this incredibly special part of your journey!

As we reflect on the past year and prepare for the next one, I hope that you have enjoyed relaxing and celebrating with loved ones, and indulging in holiday treats!  Do you have any resolutions this year?  Maybe they involve working off those holiday treats and toddies.  Either way, I wish you luck and am excited to take on the new year!

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Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.

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