Ok so you have your guest list down, you have figured out who is sitting at what table, and now you need to know how to get them to their seats. Do you use a place card, an escort card, or a seating chart?
You can use escort cards which assign a guest to a specific table, but not a particular seat. You can use a place cards which assigns guests to a specific seat at a particular table. Or, you can use a seating chart, which is like an escort card by providing the same information but in a way that is easier to read.
Nicole George Event Planning & Design did a break down recently on all three options that go into depth on the topic, and it's worth reading to become more familiar with the options.
Place Cards vs. Escorts Cards vs. Seating Charts
Here is Nicole George's breakdown but make sure to visit the site below for the full story.
What kind of card should I use with our serving style?
Plated: You will need escort cards or seating chart + place cards.
Buffet or Stations: You will need escort cards or seating chart only.
Cocktail Style: No escort cards, seating chart, or place cards are necessary.