Place cards and escort cards are an elegant way to help
feel welcome and comfortable knowing that they don't have to
worry about not finding a seat near their families, dates,
(And place cards also help ensure that certain
guests are not seated in proximity to each other!).
offers our own tent-style place cards that you can purchase
along with our hand calligraphy or computer calligraphy
The cards are 2.5" x 5" when folded, and are available
in Crane Fluorescent White, Pearl White, and Ecru.
Computer calligraphy on place cards or escort cards is only
available on PenDance's tent card stock.
Tips for Place Card Names
We recommend using only a guest's first and last name
on each place card, rather than using titles like Mr. or Mrs.
The exception would be for doctors or elected officials who
might be offended if their titles were left off.
If you do prefer using titles, remember that married women
should be addressed with their husband's first names, not their
own first name. Using "Mrs." with the woman's first name
indicates that she is a divorcee.
Example: Mrs. John Smith
If you do want to use a title with a married woman's first
and last name, use "Ms." instead of "Mrs."
Tips for Escort Card Names
When preparing your escort card list, example formats
- Mr. and Mrs. John Smith (one line)
- Mr. and Mrs.
John Smith (two lines)
- Mary and John Smith (one line)
(NOTE: the wife's first name goes first in this format so that the
husband's first name is not separated from his last name)
I would not recommend using your guests' middle names
on escort or place cards because the calligraphy would have to
be small to accommodate their full names. It's nice to make the
names as large as possible (sans middle names) so that guests
don't have to bend over the table to read their cards!
To write the names as large as possible on the cards, I
usually write the titles of married couples on one line and
the husband's name on the second line.
For unmarried couples whose names both appear on the same
escort card envelope, I will write each name on a separate line.
If a married couple has different last names, I'll write
their names on separate lines and include "and" in
between their names
to acknowledge that they are married.
If you prefer to have the married couples' titles and names appear on one
line, please let me know.
How to order place card and/or escort card addressing
- Call us or submit a
Request for Quote to ensure
availability to address your cards. We'll need the following
- Date of the event
- The date you need the cards returned
- The date you can provide us with the cards and your complete list of
- Calligraphy style desired
- Number of cards you need
- If the place cards are tent-style, or presented in an
envelope (escort cards)
- Whether you want married couples' names on one line or two
- Color of ink desired
- Prepare your list in Word or Excel, then
email us the list.
- Plan to provide a minimum of 10% more cards than names, with no
fewer than 10 additional cards. (If you are ordering PenDance card
stock, you don't need to worry about paying for extra
- If you have additional names or changes to
your existing list, please email us just the changes, not the entire
- We'll call or email you when the cards are
ready to deliver, along with the balance due. We usually keep 3-5
blank cards in case of last minute changes after delivery of the
Escort Card - Traditional Copperplate
Crane Escort Envelopes with names
written across the top
edge so they could be displayed on a serving tray.
Place Card - Upright Script
Place Card - Spencerian
Escort Tent Card - Wavy Script
Escort Card - Large Match Box
Crane Escort Envelope
Note to clients outside Houston, Texas:
We must have the cards and complete list in
hand no later than 7-10 business days before the event.
Earlier would be better. We
will mail the completed cards back to arrive at least 5 business days
before the event (you pay shipping).
If you see any errors that we've made
must let us know immediately so that we can mail you the
corrected cards via priority mail. Otherwise, you can opt to pay
additional charges to upgrade the shipping. PenDance only pays
shipping up to Priority Mail cost when there's an error on our
part, otherwise the client is responsible for shipping charges.
If you have any questions about this policy, please
All shipping and delivery costs are the