Wedding Details: Escort Cards and Place Cards

You already know how much I love wedding invitations, but I also love day-of wedding stationery – place cards, ceremony programs, menus, and all sorts of other fun papery goodness.  Today we’re rounding up some of the prettiest and most creative ideas as inspiration for all of you, starting with escort card and place card ideas!  There are so many ways to get creative with escort and place cards for your wedding that everyone can find something that fits in with their style or theme.

You can’t go wrong with a silhouette escort card for a classic wedding (left), and this “seating cards in a bottle” idea is so creative!  Both from Martha Stewart Weddings

Beautiful calligraphy and neutral cards by Neither Snow

I want to go to a wedding that features these adorable button escort cards! (left)  Equally adorable is using a typewriter to type each person’s name and then attaching a vintage typewriter key (right).  Both via Martha Stewart Weddings.

Another button idea, perfect for a rustic wedding. Photo by Max Wanger via Elizabeth Anne Designs.

This escort booklet idea is so versatile – featured in Martha Stewart Weddings (left).  Photo of cupcake escort card by Jill Thomas, card by Posh Paperie via 100 Layer Cake (right).

How cute are these pinwheels for a whimsical, outdoor wedding? Photo by Jessica Stout via Style Me Pretty.

Love the color and types used in these cards.  Ruby and Willow via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Great color and visual impact in this example; perfect for a casual wedding.  Photo by Studio Nouveau, escort cards by Strong Studio via Ruffled.

These fabric escort cards (left) were DIY’d by the bride and groom – so creative!  Photo by Brett Buchanan via  Style Me Pretty.  I also love the idea of beautiful calligraphy on green apples for a fall wedding (right).  Photo by Meg Perotti, calligraphy by Calligraphy Katrina via Style Me Pretty.

These wrapped succulents are perfect for weddings, showers, Sunday brunches…  Photo by Mary Swenson via Somewhere Splendid.

Skeleton keys and satin ribbon – so romantic!  Photo by Kate Headley via United With Love.

Stay tuned for more beautiful escort and place cards!

p.s. Do you know the difference between place cards and escort cards?  Simply put, escort cards guide your guest to their designated table, while place cards help guests find their assigned seat.  Escort cards are typically placed at a central location at the entrance to the reception.  Guests will find their card, then locate their table based on the number indicated on the card.  Place cards, which are only necessary if you have assigned seating at your reception, sit at each individual place setting – hence the name!

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Modern Green + Gray Letterpress Wedding Invitations

I stumbled across these fun and modern wedding invitations while putting this morning’s business card post together.  Evan Huwa designed them for his own wedding last spring.  I’m loving the bright pops of green paired with the warm gray, and I also really love the salty texture of the solid letterpress printed areas.  I know the salty look isn’t for everyone, but I like the contrast of that texture against the modern graphic elements used in the invitation.  Very cool!



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You can check out more of Evan’s creative work on his website right here!

Photo Credits: Evan Huwa

Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #8

Has it really been two months since my last business card post?  Yeesh!  Well, we’re definitely going to take care of that today with some really pretty, creative, and inspiring business card designs that have caught my eye over the last few weeks…


Craft Lovely


Monday Collective via FPO

Papercut Neon Yellow Business Cards

Love Citron


Marnich via Lovely Stationery


Studio on Fire


Evan Huwa via Graphic Exchange


Lace and Likes


Sita Murt


Cool square business cards by Adam Hill via Lovely Stationery


Lauren Bailey Design


Dolce Press


Monogram via Lovely Stationery

As always, if you’d like to sub­mit your own busi­ness cards, you can e-mail me right here!

{images via their respec­tive sources}

Rachel + Stefan’s Modern Pink Wedding Invitations

One of my favorite jewelry designers, Rachel from Elephantine, is getting married in a few weeks – and she’s here to share her wedding invitations!  I first fell in love with her sweet and simple illustrated save the dates back in December, and I love the way she incorporated her signature modern style into a sophisticated and meaningful invitation suite.  Rachel and Stefan are planning a small wedding and were able to invest some time into creating a personalized invitation for each recipient.  So pretty!


From Rachel:  I’ve always had my heart set on a wedding invitation with multiple parts to it. (I’ve also always had this fascination with things that contain several smaller things, like matryoshka dolls.)  Our invitation is made up of three flat cards, printed on both sides: one is the actual invitation, another has important details and a detachable RSVP, and a third has a map & directions.  Then there’s the RSVP envelope and the mini calendar reminder for guests to put in their day planner or on their fridge.



I wanted the invitations to feel personal to the recipients. The whole “suite” is held together by a band that I reverse-printed each invitee’s name on.  When the band comes off, it reveals the “Love, R & S” on the first card.  On the back of the first card is the actual invitation.  The fonts are Whitney and Cyclone.


The last card has the nitty-gritty details and the RSVP, which can be detached.  I lightly perforated the “detach here” line above the RSVP with a tracing wheel.  On the back, there’s a quote from A.A. Milne, aka Winnie-the-Pooh’s author (“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”) and then there are a few lines for guests to write a note to us, if they’d like to.




I printed the mailing & return addresses directly onto the envelopes, added a little bit of gold washi tape, and used my favorite stamps.  Et voilà!


Absolutely fabulous!  Thanks Rachel!

Photo Credits: Elephantine

Modern Navy + White Graduation Announcements

We started last week off with moving announcements, and today we’re helping to start the new week with a modern graduation announcement from Karly at Sweet Beaker.  Karly worked with the family of a recent high school graduate to come up with a modern-meets-classic announcement design incorporating a modified crest and the high school colors of navy and white.  Fun!


From Karly: At the time I was doing research for the design of these announcements, the royal wedding was just around the corner and I came across an article about Kate Middleton’s new coat of arms — ahh!  Hold the presses!  Instant inspiration!  Several sketches later, a simple monogrammed crest emerged, which can also be applied to other stationery extensions (thank you notes!).


We opted for a split layout with pertinent event information on the left and a pattern on the right with matching envelope liner.  The versatile pattern is great all by itself, but also allows space for Jordan to attach a senior photo to the right of the announcement.  School colors, a little hint of silver, a crest, pattern and optional photo = success!  Such a fun project, through and through.


So cool – thanks Karly!

Photo Credits: Sweet Beaker