Escort cards originated from a time when guests were expected to enter the dining room in a specific order.

The Origin of Place Cards: Wedding Fun Fact Friday

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Earlier this week we talked about the difference between place cards and escort cards (read that post here).

Keeping in line with the theme, today’s wedding fun fact is about the origin of place cards.

In old english days (think Downtown Abbey), guests who were invited to a social event would be welcomed to dinner by announcement, usually by the butler. Upon announcement, it was considered proper etiquette for guests to line up, two-by-two, according to rank (in England, everyone had a rank). That order is how they would enter the dining room.

Place cards were provided to serve two purposes: first, they assisted guests in knowing what the proper order should be in the most efficient way possible. Second, place cards prevented guests from mixing up the proper order of entrance.

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