Reception Essentials

Minnesota Details & Planning

March 1, 2017

By Lake Bride / / Jillian DeChaine
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When you think of wedding stationery the invitation is likely what comes to mind but there are many paper elements that can be incorporated into your big day. From save-the-dates to thank-you notes, the sky is the limit, and thinking about it early will allow you to incorporate a theme that ties it all together. 

When planning for your reception, here are a few pieces to think about. 


PLACE CARDS

Place cards mark each seat at the table. They are often used at the head table and family tables but they are optional everywhere else. If you choose to designate each seat, print the name on both sides of the card so guests can get to know each other. 

ESCORT CARDS 

An escort card is typically set on a table at the entrance to your reception room. The escort card includes the guests' names and table number. Cards should be arranged in alphabetical order by last name and one card per couple is sufficient. 

TABLE NUMBER CARDS

Displayed at the center of each table, they guide your guests to finding their assigned seats. They can be as simple as a number and a stanchion or creatively incorporated into your centerpiece. Instead of numbers, you may consider naming your tables after something that represents you as a couple - lake names, places travel, favorite books, flowers... make it personal! 

MENU CARDS

Build excitement about the delicious meal you selected for your guests with a menu card. These can be done many ways; a card at each place setting, one printed per table and displayed in the center; or a large sandwich board in the reception hall. 

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