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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Brilliant Ideas for Table Numbers at the Reception

Filed under: Receptions,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Although numbers are the classic choice, you don’t have to settle for a plain ole’ white card with a number on it! There are many great alternatives out there.

AgetablenumbersOne of the most clever ideas I’ve come across for unique table numbers is showcasing a picture of the bride and groom on each table number with their age corresponding with the number. For example; on Table 8 there will be a picture of the bride and groom at 8 years old and at table 15 a picture of the bride and groom at age 15, etc. The more humorous the photos the better. Your guests will get a kick out of these quirky table numbers. Not only will this be an adorable way to personalize your wedding, but it will also act as a conversation starter to get your guests talking.

tn2Ask your photographer to take a few photos of you holding up numbers during your engagement session. Another couple really thought “outside the box” when they created their “reversible” table number images! (Photo on right)

There’s more than one way to help your guests find their tables. You don’t have to choose numbers. Instead of using numbers, try coming up with creative names for each of your tables. You can choose romantic objects or something that will reflect the personality of the couple. Printing words such as love, kiss, etc., names of cities, etc., names of colors, names of your favorite musicians or your favorite flower (Tulip, Daffodil, Crocus, Lily, Forsythia, Dogwood, Iris) can be nice too. Having each table named after a place you’ve been, where you went on our 1st date, where you live, where you’re going on our honeymoon also works.


As the guests entered the room, the dinner staff stood at attention near each table with a numbered towel instead of a placard on a stand. A special “Thank you” to Curtis Whipple for this idea!

TableNumbersFor a romantic wedding, print the word “love” in different languages. In the fall, carve medium-sized pumpkins with table numbers and illuminate with votive candles.

Displaying your table numbers in a fun and surprising way is yet another great way to personalize your event and further enhance your guests’ experience. For other great ideas, put “ideas for table numbers at wedding reception” in Google and pick your favorite idea.

BONUS Articles: Ideas for Table Names and Numbers – 68 Photos.
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Photo Credits: Top left,
Bottom left, Bridal Hotspot
Lower right, Curtis Whipple, Wedding Entertainer

NOTE from Larry James: A special “Thank you!” to Brenda Owen of for inspiring this article.

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  1. […] last name alphabetically which will help them find their table faster. Next, put the number or name of the table next to their name to make it easier to find. You can also choose to place name cards on the table […]


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