Please Be Seated!

A regular question we receive is, "What's the difference between an escort card and a place card?" The answer is actually very simple.  Your escort card will direct you to the table where you will be enjoying dinner.  The place card will direct you to the exact seat.  Place cards are often at an event that is a little more formal.  Often, we see the head table has place cards, but not the rest of the guest tables.  We love designing escort card displays, they are often the first introduction to the wedding!  Here are a few fun ideas that we've created in the past!

Candles by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography.  Escort display at the Langham Hotel, Chicago.

You can keep it very simple!  We love pillar candles and simple flat cards with gorgeous calligraphy like this display at the Langham Hotel.  Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography

Escort Display at the Chicago Cultural Center by Fleur Inc.  Photo by Olivia Leigh, planning by Estera Events

Make it historical.  Our vintage card display box was used at the Chicago Cultural Center, a former library.  We added lovely foliage and blooms for an overgrown garden touch.  Photo by Olivia Leigh.

European flower market inspired escort display by Fleur Inc at Galleria Marchetti.  Photo by Artistrie Co, planning by LK Events

This was a favorite of ours.  The escort table at Galleria Marchetti was designed after a European flower market.  Clusters of blooms and individual stems were packaged, and at the end of the evening they were the take away gift for guests!  That's our kind of send off gift!  Photo by Artistrie Co

Escort flower wall by Fleur Inc at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  Photo by Annie Steele, planning by BCR Events.

One of our most popular escort displays is our greenery and floral wall.  This versatile wall can be created with foliage, floral, a variety of fabric and more.  We've used velvet and lovely ornaments around the holidays, and boxwood as well.  This design fits so well in many locations, but especially the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  Photo by Annie Steele.

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller Photography at the Ritz Carlton

Garden elegance is a term we often hear, and feel as though this design perfectly captures the feeling.  Golds, greens and lots of glow created a beautiful welcome for guests at the Ritz Carlton.  Photo by Amanda Megan Miller

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks, Planning by Estera Events

And finally, the classic chalkboard design!  A welcome that will never be old.  It can be rustic or a little more polished.  It was the perfect entrance for this rehearsal dinner at Summer House.  Photo by Kina Wicks.

September at the Botanical Garden

Last September we worked on the most beautiful wedding at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  Flawlessly organized by SQN Events, we could not have been happier with the elegance that included some of our favorite blooms and beautiful wispy foliages.  The ceremony backdrop was an overgrown collection of seasonal greenery and grasses with fresh blooms.  Centerpieces sported mercury glass and contrasting colors.  And the hanging chandelier was whimsical and bright!  Olivia Leigh Photographie captured all the beautiful details.

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by SQN Events, Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by SQN Events, Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by SQN Events, Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by SQN Events, Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by SQN Events, Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by SQN Events, Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by SQN Events, Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by SQN Events, Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings

Martha Stewart Weddings & Fleur!

I don't even know where to begin with my excitement.  This entire wedding was a dream. When Nisse first contacted us for her wedding flowers, she wanted to book without even seeing a proposal.  When does that ever happen?  We made an appointment to meet in person and I immediately had a girl crush on her.  Such great taste, a love for Paris, a wonderful sense of humor and she is so very in love with Matt.  And then it gets even better.  I find out that she is working with Olivia Leigh Photography and Estera Events.  That's just the beginning of a dream team of vendors, working with the most lovely couple on their wedding at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nisse & Matt's wedding was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings online, and it is just beyond an honor to be a part of this collaboration of talent and love.  Thank you so much and congratulations to Nisse and Matt!  Next time you're back in Chicago I sincerely want to toast a glass of champagne with the two of you!  You can see the entire Martha post right HERE!

Of course, I want to share some of Olivia's photos with you because the are so beautiful!

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Below are just a few shots I grabbed on my phone.

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Once again, congratulations to Nisse & Matt on your beautiful wedding day!!!