To you and yours, we wish a most happy Thanksgiving weekend! And a very rare and special happy Thanksgivukkah to our Jewish friends! May you all be warm and full of flavorful treats while you enjoy the company of those you cherish!
The ‘Roo Crew will be doing the same and will return to the studio Monday. If you’re local and eager to get out of the house on Saturday, the Rock & Shop Market is taking place at the Durham Armory — some of our friends and even one of us (Kristin) will be selling handcrafted wares alongside musical acts, food trucks, and local brews provided by Full Steam Brewery! Plus, it’s Small Business Saturday!
Also, if you aren’t aware, this little local biz is having a sale of our own through December 1st — save 25% on your holiday or Christmas cards with code merry25.
Lately, we have had a few brides ask us about the difference between escort cards and place cards. We’re lifting the veil on this mystery… and with a spiffy infographic at that!
Simply put, escort cards let your guests know at which table they sit (they “escort” them to their table), while place cards inform your guests of which seat is theirs.
If you’re unsure whether you want or need to plan a seating arrangement for your wedding reception, consider the following scenarios:
- Do you mind where your guests sit? Pointing people in the right direction can help to avoid empty seats at tables; it’s pretty typical for someone “finding” their own seat to leave a chair between them and a person already seated of whom they don’t know. Assigning tables and/or seats will ensure that every guest has a spot to call their own without any awkwardness. Meanwhile, creating a seating chart will allow you to play matchmaker for any single pals!
- Will your catering company serve guests at their tables? This is a biggie! If so, they will appreciate knowing who will be where. Likewise, indicating each guest’s meal choice on their place card will be incredibly helpful for your serving staff. They’ll be able to deliver dishes without interrupting the party!
- Do you have family members that just don’t get along? Chart your seating arrangement and sit them across the room from one another to make sure there aren’t any brawls on your big day!
- Is it important for family to have seats near the action? Yes, of course, it is! Grandma and Grandpa might not do the electric slide, but they certainly wouldn’t want to miss a second of you two on the dance floor. Similarly, you might want to group all of the little kids together, at a back table where they can play and make a mess out of the way.
- What kind of reception are you having? Seating arrangements certainly aren’t necessary if you’re not providing a meal. If you’ll have passed hors d’oeuvres all evening, forgo the seats and opt for several cocktail height tables instead. Buffet style dinners don’t require seating arrangements either, but you can still assign tables and/or seats if you prefer. Aside from satisfying your caterer’s needs, there really aren’t any hard rules for how you seat your guests.
Can you have one without the other? Escort cards, yes. Place cards, no.
- Escort cards can pull double duty, directing your guests to their assigned tables while allowing them to choose and mark their own seats. If your caterer needs to know what to serve where, indicate guest’s meal choices on the escort cards themselves. (Do this if you want to assign tables, but not individual seats.)
- Place cards, on the other hand, you will not want to use alone. Setting these out without any direction of who should go to which table will lead to chaos!
- LOOPHOLE: If you want to send guests to assigned tables (regardless of the place card situation), you can substitute one single seating chart for dozens of escort cards.
What are the pros + cons of a seating plan?
- Everyone knows just where they need to be.
- Making escort cards, place cards, and/or a seating chart can be fun.
- Extra table stationery provides useful decor.
- Your cutie pie grandparents will have a front row seat for your first dance!
- It can be a headache to figure out.
- Someone will need to be responsible for setting out these extra pieces.
TIPS for getting your guests where they need to go!
- Display escort cards (or seating charts) near reception entrance.
- Make it easy on guests by displaying alphabetically by last name.
- Get creative with your presentation: colorful cards, a chalkboard list, or a custom TGK seating chart.
- Make your table cards (numbers or names) easy to find + read on each table.
- Let The Green Kangaroo help you design your perfect table stationery*!
*You’ll find on our website that we have a category for “place cards,” however, they serve both purposes depending on how you prefer to use them.
With our minds on Thanksgiving, it seems only appropriate to share a photo of one of our favorite menus! Our stylish Elegance menu is perfect for a classic wedding or even a festive holiday feast.
How do you decorate your dinner table for the holidays?
Pictured: Elegance menu photographed by Taylor Stading Photography. (Thanks, Taylor!)
The Fresh Wedding Invitation is truly unique, as it features a from-scratch accent script created specifically for this suite! With its carefree, wandering swashes and vine-like embellishments, this youthful design is a lovely choice for any casual, elegant event! Customize your paper, ink colors and block font to make it your very own!
The Design Team is busy dreaming up beautiful invitations to bring you new designs every Friday. If you miss one, no worries! You can see all of the 2013 Designs on our Pinterest board.
Did you know that historically the holidays are a happening time for couples getting engaged? Whether you’re already referring to your fella as “fiance” or you’re hoping he’ll pop the question soon (c’mon already!), we’ve gathered some clever ideas to help you show off that ring! Because once you’ve said yes, and jumped up and down a few times, and kissed, and maybe cried… showing off the bling is the next most exciting part. That and staring at it each and every day!
If you plan an engagement shoot, your photographer will probably have some wonderful ideas of their own for capturing a striking shot of your ring, but it certainly won’t hurt to have some as well. And, to be honest, you don’t need a professional to take these — you can stage a lovely shoot of your own, right at home.
How to style a creative engagement ring photo:
- Think about what is personal to you as a couple. The musical images above are creative, showing off your interests at the same time. Scrabble tiles are trendy, but what other games do you like to play? Maybe you could incorporate those. Bring in props that show your personality!
- Consider how you’d like to use the photo. Ring shots would work perfectly on photo save the dates — holding hands is such a sweet image to show that you’re engaged, while your ring marking your wedding date on a calendar is clever and informative too.
- Get your nails done. This is a good tip whether or not you’re photographing your hand — everyone’s still going to be looking at it!
- If you’re staging your own shoot, do it outside. You can’t beat natural light.
Find more wedding planning inspiration on Pinterest! And share your own engagement ring shots with us on Instagram (@tgkdesigns) — we’d love to see!
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