Weddings are full of confusing words and rituals, you’re probably wondering, what’s the difference between an escort card and a place card?  Though at first glance the two terms appear synonymous, they actually correspond to different genres entirely. I’ve decided to assist you in clarifying the difference between place cards and escort cards.

Place cards and escort cards are in fact two separate parts of the wedding stationary that are commonly confused due to the fact they both work very similarly and basically do the same thing. While both types of cards designate where each guest will be seated at a wedding, place cards are more specific — and also more formal — than escort cards. A place card not only directs guests to the table where each will sit during the reception, but also points each guest to his or her particular seat at the table.

Escort cards are the more informal version of place cards, which direct guests at a more informal wedding to their table number, where guests are free to choose their own seats. As attendees are free to select their own place at the table, escort cards are considered a more casual choice.

Often, couples have both escort cards and place cards, but it’s totally fine to skip place cards and only opt for escort cards.