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10 Wedding Escort Card Tips | The Commons 1854

The Escort card selection is so important and often overlooked until close to the wedding. When should you start this process? Select the cards when you select your invitations, then set your RSVP date one month prior to the wedding. Once the responses are in, plan your seating chart and place the order.  My first tip is to work with a competent stationary company. This way, when a guest asks last minute to bring their new boyfriend, you are delegating and not stressing.  
Almost every couple experiences at least one major change to the seating arrangement weeks if not days before the wedding.  We like Carlson Craft for all of our stationary needs but there are many reputable companies out there to help. 

Tip #1: Use the same vendor for all of your wedding stationary to keep cohesive with your theme.

horizontal wine cork escort card
Tip #2: When using wine corks or other escort card stands, make sure the cards are at an approximate 45 degree's in angle.  There is nothing worse than to have your guests bending down to find their escort card and the photos will be better.

vertical wine cork escort card

grey satin with embellishment 
Tip #3: The guests name should mimic the outer invitation envelope for a semi formal, black tie or white tie wedding reception.

Tip 4: Use your wedding colors. If your escort card table has a neutral colored linen, pop your color to enhance the photographic prospective.

Tip 5: Plan decor for the escort card table. Consider re-purposing a floral from your reception or ceremony to the table to save.  This only works if you have someone to discretely move the piece for you.  Our coordinators at the Commons 1854 do this with pleasure.
cheery blossoms and muted grey and silver tones
Tip 6: Show your personality.  This digital seating chart is what I used for my wedding.  My husband has a background in computer engineering so we had a "tech" element to our reception.  At first I was reluctant. HOWEVER, when the changes needed to be made, my amazing wedding planner Holly from In the Pink Ink was there to take care of it digitally!!!
think out of the box

unique escort cards can indicate the precise meal selection

Tip #7: Be unique and incorporate your meal selections for each respective guest.  This starts with the wedding invitations.  Be sure to promote the meal selection indication for the exact guests. Your stationary vendor can help with this and your caterer will provide a better service in doing so.

Tip #8: Hire a calligrapher. A formal wedding lend itself perfectly to traditional calligraphy. DIY calligraphy is stressful for the couple so be leary.  The personal touch achieved with wedding calligraphy is an element that that will impress all generations.

Tip #9: Consider the linens.  This delicate neutral pattern was daring and yet softly balanced the ivory silk damask linens. Sometimes, taking a chance on contrasting patterns pays off. The real tip here is "sometimes" so try the juxtaposition at home or at your venue to ensure it will be pleasing to the eye.

blue love birds and navy pintuck linens

Tip #10: Show your love. You two love birds will be joined at the hip for your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and the rest of your lives. Like you, these love birds add an extra smile to your guests face on your wedding day!

Remember, be yourself when your planning!  You have only one day, one love and one happily ever after! Enjoy!!!!!!
blog by Johanna Esposito PWP®

Rustic Chic Autumn Wedding Reception at The Commons 1854

Rustic Chic Autumn Theme

This featured wedding boasted a Rustic Chic Autumn Wedding Theme in November at
The Commons 1854 in historic, Topsfield, Massachusetts.   

Antique ivory and yellow roses adorned the place card table with silver LOVE holders.
The natural sunlight shined in on the simple yet elegant pink and white place cards.

Instead of a guest book for the wedding reception, advice for the bride and groom was written by the guests during the cocktail hour on heart shaped wooden chips, so cute!

The Wedding Gown was the perfect Compliment to the grand architecture at The Commons 1854

The Commons 1854, Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue.

The Commons 1854, Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue.

The gown was by Pronovias of Barcelona who is known for their feather details.
Click here to see more Pronovias styles

Vera Wang  bride and groom toasting flutes, wedding cake knife & server and platinum table numbers
carried through a nice cohesive feel to this wedding reception's decor. 

The Commons 1854, Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue.  The Commons 1854, Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue.

The Commons 1854, Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue.

The menu cards were folded into the ivory Peau de Soie napkins and the wine cork and stopper favor was placed on each wedding guests place setting.  Each guest table featured a thank you card 
set in a lamp post. We love this fun and quirky detail.  

The Commons 1854, Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue.
The Commons 1854, Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue.

Finally, simple hydrangeas were set by the fireplace on Greek Neo-classical columns, to match the architecture at The Commons 1854, Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue.  

The Commons 1854, Boston's North Shore Premier Wedding Venue.

Formal Wedding Photo Etiquette and Checklist

Formal Wedding Photography Etiquette in Boston
and on the North Shore of Boston- The Commons 1854 in historic
Topsfield, MA

All vendors hired play such an integral role in your wedding day.  Here at the Topsfield Commons 1854, when we execute your wedding day timeline, we use the following comprehensive checklist.   Below is a guideline for the photography for a wedding reception established and published by The ABC.

Brides Wedding Portrait Etiquette

If the bride chooses to have a formal portrait taken, she should do it when her wedding dress is ready. In addition, she should have her hair styled and her makeup done in the same manner that she plans to have it done for the wedding; she should also wear the same accessories she’ll wear on the wedding day.

Traditionally, a bride’s formal portrait was taken to provide her with a wedding picture to send, along with the wedding announcement, to the newspapers. Today, formal portraits are commonly taken on the wedding day, and the best photos processed rapidly so that it can be released to the newspapers; however, the bride giving the groom her formal portrait, as a wedding gift, is still considered a romantic notion. In addition, taking a formal portrait before the wedding is also a good way for the bride to do a test run of the hairstyle and makeup she wishes to have on the day of the wedding.

We use the following checklist to help clients decide what photos they
wish to have taken.


Formal photos of the

_____ Bride alone, in her wedding dress

_____ Groom alone

_____ Bride and groom together

_____ Bride with her parents

_____ Bride with the maid or matron of honor

_____ Groom with the best man

_____ Couple with the bridesmaids and maid or matron of honor

_____ Couple with the best man, groomsmen, and ushers

_____ Couple with the groom’s parents

_____ Couple with the bride’s parents

_____ Couple with the children in the wedding party

_____ Couple with the entire wedding party

Candid photos of the

_____ Bride leaving the house

_____ Guests arriving at the ceremony site

_____ Bride’s family getting out of their car

_____ Ushers escorting close relatives to their seats

_____ Groom’s parents being seated

_____ Bride’s parents being seated

_____ Wedding party members in the processional

_____ Bride and her escort

_____ Exchange of vows

_____ Special moments, such as lighting a unity candle or breaking a glass

_____ Children in the wedding party

_____ Couple walking during the recessional

_____ Wedding party, with the ceremony site in the background

Candid photos of the Wedding Reception

_____ Couple being showered with toss items like bubbles

_____ Couple getting into their car

_____ Couple sitting in the back seat of their car

_____ Couple arriving at the reception site

_____ Couple greeting guests

_____ Couple mingling with guests

_____ Couple at the head or sweetheart table

_____ Couple dancing the first dance

_____ Bride and her father dancing

_____ Groom and his mother dancing

_____ Couple cutting the wedding cake

_____ Couple feeding each other a piece of the cake

_____ Family and guests dancing

_____ Couple making toasts

_____ Couple saying farewell to their parents

_____ Bride tossing the bouquet

_____ Groom tossing the garter

_____ Couple leaving the reception site in their getaway car

_____ Any other special moments the couple has determined in advance with the photographer

Blog Posted by Johanna Eve of The Topsfield Commons 1854 and Boston Wedding Consultants