In general, table numbers are used in coordination with the guest escort cards that indicate the table assignments at a wedding reception. Table numbers can be a creative way for the bridal couple to express the theme and colors of a wedding and in this post I will discuss several different ideas, including both formal elegant styles to informal whimsical styles.
In addition, table numbers can be used in a variety of different ways to make it easier for guests to find their seats at a wedding reception. One way is to consider the size of the numbers and the basic idea would be to make the numbers visible for the guests to see without being so large that they distract from the wedding reception style, I think numbers not more than six inches in height is a good size. Another idea is to arrange the tables with even numbers on one side of the room and the odd numbers on the other side.
Shown below are several examples of table numbers in a formal and elegant style.
a simple gold table number on a base
with the vast selection of frames available at retail stores and online for purchase,
a style or type of frame can be found for any color scheme of a wedding reception
shown below is a silver frame with table number
an elegant pearl frame with table number
a crystal frame with table number
a floral table number printed on heavy cardstock
a table number on a simple white candle
a table number used with a lantern
Depending on the size of the wedding reception and how many guest tables are required, the next examples use items that can be family heirlooms or
vintage finds from an antique store.
a beautiful china teapot with a floral arrangement and used with a table number
a china plate on a stand with a table number
a vintage clock set to the “time” of the table number (in this example for table one)
an antique mirror with the table number
Shown below are several examples of ideas for table numbers for a theme wedding used in an informal and whimsical style sometimes using quirky items.
a seashell or a piece of coral with a table number
(keep in mind that most decorative pieces of coral are now artificially produced)
a boat with table number can be an idea for a nautical theme wedding
a wine or champagne bottle with a table number attached
would be a great idea for a wedding held at a winery or vineyard
(note that the bottle can be opened for use at the wedding reception)
a horseshoe attached to a piece of wood with a wired table number
can be used for a rustic country themed wedding held in a barn
a cowbell with the table number for a farm themed wedding
(can be “rung” in the tradition that the bride and groom kiss!)
a moss covered table number would be a great idea for a garden themed wedding
a piece of wood with the table number could be used for
an enchanted forest theme wedding
a book with a table number could be used for a wedding held in a historic library
The next examples use organic items but don’t necessarily have a particular wedding theme
a piece of agate with the table number
a ceramic tile with the table number
a vintage door knob attached to a piece of wood with the table number
Finally here a some additional ideas for table numbers
- A cute idea for table numbers is to include photos of the bride and groom at that particular age, an example for table one would use photos of the bridal couple at the age of one year old.
- Another idea for a system of identification to determine the tables is to use words instead of numbers. An example would be to use words can be the name of cities that hold special meaning to the bridal couple, maybe places they visited of their vacations.