Saturday, June 5, 2010

Unique Escort Cards

This is a really cute, however a very time consuming project for a decorated escort card board for the reception. If you are a very organized and crafty bride I say go for it!

Below are excerpts from a post from a bride Mrs. Eggplant with minor edits from the original post.

The one project I unfortunately didn’t get many photos of on W-Day, was our ribbon board with our decorated escort cards. I say unfortunately, because this baby took hours upon hours of grueling labor. We finished the project the night before our wedding rehearsal!

To make the board and cards, I needed the following materials:
Martha Stewart border punch and EK Success flower punch
Many spools of pink, green, white, and brown ribbon
Six foam boards (to make three ribbon boards)
Sewing pins
Place cards from Paper Source
Metal brads

First, the ribbon boards. My cousin came up with the idea to take a piece of foam board, layer the colored ribbon across it, and use pins on the backside to keep the strands in place. It worked out well. I also think a staple gun would’ve done the trick.

Once we covered the entire board with ribbon, we took a second piece of foam board and pinned it to the back to cover up the unsightly ribbon ends. When pinning the board in place, we shoved the pins in place at varying angles. This kept the second board from slipping off.

If you’re interested in creating a ribbon board for your wedding, I recently found this link with simple instructions on making one.
Next, the escort cards; these were very easy, but very time consuming. To make the cards, I typed out our guests’ names in a template I created in Adobe InDesign, and hand fed the cards one-by-one through my printer. Unfortunately, the printer kept eating our cards when I tried to let the unit feed automatically, so I had no other option than to hand feed.

After printing, I used my Martha Stewart border punch on the bottom edges of the card stock. Then, I applied an adhesive & a small strip of ribbon and a colored flower with a brad. The flower colors were based on the guest’s meal choice.

Green = vegetarian, Dark Pink = beef, Light Pink = chicken.

And here are the finished boards with the escort cards.

Photos by Apertura Photography
Original Blog Post by Mrs. Eggplant Click Here
Happy Planning!