Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Fabric Addict's Escort Card Board

A few months ago, I covered a bulletin board in my favorite fabric in hopes of using it as an escort card board.  I had gathered escort card board inspiration from around the web and loved the idea of incorporating fabric and a beautiful frame into our board. A short time later, I came across a beautiful frame at Michaels and was able to get it for a great price, thanks to a 50% off coupon.

The board sat in a corner for a few months and once our RSVP deadline had passed (and we chased down a few replies), it was time to finish this project.  I knew I wanted our escort cards to hang from ribbon.  After an exhaustive search, I found a company that sold sheets of printer-friendly card stock with perforated hang tags on them.  Just a few weeks after I placed an order, Avery debuted a similar product that is not being carried at office supply stores, so anyone thinking of trying this can probably find the supplies needed locally.  Using a downloaded template, I designed escort cards in Adobe Illustrator.  I used my new favorite font, Carolyna Pro Black by Emily Lime Designs, and used the glyph feature to make the tags a little more ornate. If you've been around a while, you might remember Weddingbee's Mrs. Penguin's introduction to using glyphs (she was inspired by Mrs. Licorice, another Weddingbee blogger) .  Once you become familiar with using glyphs, I promise that you'll be hooked!  I spent a wee bit too much time selecting the perfect embellishments for every escort tag I made.

Once the tags were printed, it took quite a while to carefully punch them out.


Our venue sprung a few surprises on us when it came to how our dinners would be served (more on that in the future), so instead of hanging the tags on ribbon that matched the rest of our color scheme, which had been my plan, we used the ribbons to indicate the meal selection of the guest whose names was on the tag.

We used blue ribbon for meat, pink ribbon for fish, green ribbon for children, and yellow ribbon for one vegan meal.


I wasn't too excited about using simple push pins on the board, so I bought some upholstery tacks to use.  I thought having tacks that are normally used for nail head trim on furniture was a nice nod to my past as a design blogger. 


Though the board I made was large, it wasn't large enough for every single escort card to hang, so I bundled couples and families together.  I had a little internal debate about whose card to put on top when two or more tags were hung together.  I decided that "ladies before gentlemen" made the most sense, so the order was women, men, then children.


I was thrilled with the result!  This is a project that turned out almost exactly like what I had envisioned in my mind.  I never saw the escort card board in person, but my coordinator, Amanda Gray, snapped a picture that I was able to see on Instagram the next day.

Photo by Amanda Gray of Ashely Baber Weddings / Used with permission

We assigned tables to our guests, but practices seem to be getting more casual these days.  Do you like the super formal style where your seat is assigned?  Do you like being assigned a table?  Or, do you like open seating, which seems to be more popular than years ago?
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5 comments:

  1. Would you mind sharing where you found your perforated hang tags? I've seen the Avery version, and I prefer the curved lines of the ones you used. Thanks!

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  2. I have only been to weddings where tables were assigned.  If I was assigned my seat, the first thing I'd do is probably switch with my husband.  Guess I don't like being told who my seat neighbor is going to be.

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    So it is a federal crime to blur out a face,
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  4. What is the other frame in the last picture with the card board?

    I still like assigned tables though not necessarily assigned seats.  Yours turned out beautifully!

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  5. Great presentation!  I am still a fan of assigned seating, must be old fashioned.

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