Broke-Ass Tag: Escort Cards


We’re in the home stretch for the wedding now. The countdown is at seven weeks. Last week, at the eight-week mark I had a mini panic attack about how close the wedding was and how much was undone. To calm myself, I sat down and tried to do two of the larger tasks that were left. I was finally able to tackle the program and the name cards for the tables.

At first I had these grandiose plans of designing my own wedding programs. I wanted it to be sort of like a poster advertising the circus with each section being acts. So the officiant would be the ring leader, we’d be the main event, etc. I knew I wanted the programs to be attached to a wooden stick so they could be used as fans. I always get hot at weddings so I might as well make something that can be used well as a fan instead of a flimsy piece of paper.

With these grand plans in mind I sat down at my desktop to see what I could crank out in Publisher and quickly realized this was a task for Photoshop. I dusted off my college laptop (the only computer in the house with Photoshop) and sat down to get to work. Then cried. I don’t actually have any serious design skills. I can dabble and do something simple, but nothing as beautiful as what I had envisioned. After a good hard melt down, I got onto and Esty to see what I could find. Maybe someone had a template I could work off of or I could just find a pre-made program and to hell with designing.

Program Template by Etsy Seller BirDIYdesign

BirDIYdesign came to my rescue. After a fairly thorough, weeklong hunt I found a nice simple, not at all what I had originally had in mind, program that cost me $16. ($5.60 for the template, $10 for two color change). I’ve come to realize I have a price where I will pay for something that will take me hours, possibly days to make myself. If I can buy it under $30, its worth it. My time is my money.

Ticket Template by Etsy seller Eudanedigital

The name cards I was willing to spend hours of work on to create. I knew exactly what I wanted. I saw a pin on Pinterest of some name cards an Etsy seller made that I absolutely adored. I tried to find the seller again to see if they would make them for me, but they have vanished off the face of Etsy. So instead I found a seller that had a template for them that I was able to make my own. Eudanedigital makes some snazzy, stupid cheap templates for editing. I found this one and was able to use my limited Photoshop skills to make these name cards. 

I’m stupidly pleased with these, they came out really well and only took me about four hours to pump out. The part that took the longest was editing the image of the ferris wheel to go in the background. There are so many nooks and crannies between the spokes. Each table will be a different theme like ferris wheel, carousel, dancing bear, etc.

Getting tasks complete lifts a HUGE burden off my shoulders. I do still need to print up the programs and name cards, but I can’t physically print them until I have all the RSVPs in and I hear back from the officiant on her official title. Next up will be the ticket booth and signs for the wedding. I can calm down, these tasks aren’t nearly as daunting as I originally thought.

How’s your countdown going? What big projects do you have left?

  • 4/22

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewIn my other life — er, one of them — I’m a day-of coordinator in North Texas. And I talk to couples a lot about wedding logistics — how to make their day go smoothly so it’s not a stress fest. And invariably, one question that rears its head is whether they’d like to have a seating chart or escort cards for the reception. Many of my couples opt out — because you don’t really need it — but some are all in because sometimes, though it may be a logistical nightmare to figure out, it can also save a lot of hassle especially if you’re having a large wedding (over 150 guests). There are pretty much two ways to tell your guest to have a seat: Either by table, and let ’em choose where to sit once there, or by assigned seat at an assigned table (warning: this option is best left to those among us who have a bit more need for control over details). And once you figure out who goes where, you gotta tell ’em — and this is where you can either take the time to (painstakingly) DIY or … just go all in and have someone do the hard part for you so you can focus on more important tasks (like cake tasting, because: cake). Whichever option you choose is rad, but in case you’re leaning toward the latter, I’ve found five awesome seating displays you don’t have to DIY:

    Etsy IDoItYourself Retro Airplane Seating Chart

    Retro Airplane Seating Chart, $65 from Etsy seller IDoItYourself

    For the travel-themed wedding or just those that are aviation-obsessed, this old-school blueprint-like airplane seat display is a super fun way to show your guests to their seats.

    Etsy RedLineCS Underground Map Seating Chart

    Underground Map Seating Chart, $57.93 from Etsy seller RedLineCS

    This subway map-style seating chart is perfect for city dwellers and public transport lovers to find their own way.
    Etsy PrintMyWedding Map

    Wedding Map, $87.34 from Etsy seller PrintMyWedding

    Don’t just leave it at table numbers and done! Give a little direction to what’s going on where for the whole wedding … and drastically cut down on other signage needs!
    Etsy RedLineSC Matching Lines Seating Chart

    Matching Lines Seating Chart, $57.93 from Etsy seller RedLineCS

    Why make it easy on them? Have your guests follow the line from their name to their seat in this super fun, visually creative seating chart.
    Etsy WeDoInvites Map Seating Chart Display

    Map Seating Chart, $42.42 from Etsy seller WeDoInvites

    Whether you’re having a destination wedding, have guests coming from all reaches of the planet or you just really love travel, this map of the world seating chart is a great way to display the who-goes-where at your wedding.

    Are you using a seating chart? How are you going to display it? Tell us in the comments!

  • 6/9

    Being a crafty lady I wanted to do something fun and different for my escort cards. My wedding theme is basically summed up in five words: Vintage Victorian Lace and Burlap which goes nicely with our venue. We are getting married in a Victorian-style historic home that is decorated with fireplaces, beautiful pastels and intricate crown molding. In keeping with the vintage theme I found some really…

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    Photo courtesy of Fleet Transportation Dear Heather, Is there a good way for saving on transportation for the wedding party to get to the venue? Our ceremony and reception are all in the same spot, and we just need pick up and drop off, really, but it looks like limo services don't typically offer pick-up/drop off. It would be a waste (and super expensive) to…

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