The centerpieces have been designed and the table linens have been chosen to match the color theme of the wedding.  The next step is to start the arduous task of assigning wedding guests a seat at a table.  But which table?

The logical and most traditional way to organize tables is by assigning them numbers before adding guest names to the table assignment list.  There’s nothing to it really, it’s a no brainer.  But what if you wanted to do something different?

Keep in mind that there is another great way to add a bit of your personality to the wedding table details.  You can do this by naming your tables instead of numbering them.  The concept is the same as numbering the wedding guest tables except you choose names for the tables instead of numbers.
The concept works better for smaller wedding parties, but it doesn’t mean it can’t work for larger wedding parties.  Numbering tables works better for larger wedding parties because it’s less confusing for wedding guests to find their tables.

First, let’s look at some fun ways to get creative with displaying table numbers at a wedding reception.

What’s Your Age?

One sure way to catch the attention of wedding guests is to present photos of the bride and groom at different stages of their lives.  With each table number, present photos of the bride and groom at that corresponding age number.  The gesture is sentimental, which is perfect for the mood of the occasion.  These are sure to bring out some laughs and great memories for the families and friends of the bride and groom.

Framed Table Numbers

Framing table numbers is an easy and elegant option to go with when choosing how to display table numbers.  Find different styles of frames for a more eclectic look at the dollar store or somewhere else that sells them at an affordable price.  Print numbers using different fonts on a computer.  Place the printed numbers in the frames and display on the tables.  This project is simple, affordable and you can still infuse creativity into the process!

Simple and Elegant

The wedding couple has more than enough planning and tasks to do to make their magical day come true.  They may not want to fuss around with how to figure out creative ways to display the table numbers.  So here is something super easy to do.  They can buy some white card stock paper, design something quick on the computer and print out the table numbers.  They can be displayed on a sign holder or leaning against the centerpiece.  This task can be easily assigned to someone in the bridal party and it will be one less thing to worry about.

Naming wedding guest tables is a bit more fun than using traditional numbers.  Wedding couples can choose different phrases or words that mean something to them, or places they both enjoyed together when they were dating.  Names can also represent their favorite alcohol beverages or flowers.  The possibilities are endless and there is a lot of room for creativity when naming tables.

One tip to naming tables is to keep it simple.  Single worded names do best since the table name will be printed on the escort card as well.  Naming guest tables lends the wedding reception a more personal touch and gives wedding guests an insight into the wedded couple.

Let’s check out a few creative ways to name wedding guest tables:

Meaningful Words or Phrases

Wedding couples can choose different words to display for their table names.  One option to go with that tie into the wedding theme is different ways to say “love” or “I Love You” in various languages.  Couples can also choose action words like “kiss” or “hug” or words that they think represent marriage such as “forever” or “respect”.

Things in Common

Two people joining their lives is a beautiful thing especially when you see how each person brings something unique to the relationship.  But more so between people are the things they have in common that make them shine as a team.  Wedding couples can choose these things they have in common to display as their table names.  For example, if the couple loves sports, they can name each table after their favorite sport or team names.  If they are book lovers they can name their tables after their favorite authors or titles of books.  Same goes with music, favorite wine or hobbies they enjoy together, the list can go on but it’s a list that signifies part of the reason the couple was attracted to each other in the first place.  This is a great way to share with wedding guests what brought this couple together in the first place.

Favorite Travel Destinations

Wedding couples can reminisce on their favorite travel destinations together by naming their tables after the best places they travelled to together or would like to travel to!  To make it even more meaningful, they can add a little story of something memorable from that trip or a photo as well to share with their wedding guests.

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2 Responses to “Wedding Table Details: Numbers or Names

  1. RAVMEK Weddings & Events Says:

    Idea no 1 with each table number corresponding to the photos of the bride and groom at that age is particularly a great idea. This will bring out fond memories, nostalgia and a few good laughs – making the recipe for yet another memorable evening. Thanks! – Team Ravmek

  2. Sara Says:

    I definitely agree with the comment above!! I was actually thinking of doing it at my wedding (if I ever have one haha)

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