Table numbers or table names are an essential and practical element to your centerpieces. Typically, one table number or name is placed on display at the center of each table; however, I've also come across some weddings that have the table number cleverly placed at each place setting. Hanging from the backs of the chairs, on the napkin rings, attached to the menus or printed on each of the wedding favors...you'll see examples of all of these in my Picks below. The table number or name serves as a way for your guests to navigate your wedding reception area so they know where to sit. Upon arrival, your guests will immediately find the table with the table assignments or escort cards. The escort card will have your (and often times your spouse's) name and your designated table number or table name printed on it. Guests will keep their escort cards, and find their designated tables using, of course, the table numbers displayed on all of the tables. From there, guests can either choose their own seat at the table, or they will look for place cards with their names on them, instructing them on which seat at their assigned table is theirs.
Table numbers are also a great opportunity to personalize your wedding day. Rather than using table numbers, 1-5 as usual, you could choose the number of pets that you have, your first shared address or your lucky number. Or, you may go with table names instead, using your favorite movies, books, authors, songs or travel destinations. Really, as long as your numbering or naming concept can do the job of designating your various reception tables for your guests, nothing is off limits!
For this week's Picks on Paper, I spent a WHOLE LOT of time collecting photo examples of wedding reception table numbers (and sometimes table names). After sorting through nearly a hundred photos, I tried my best to categorize them by wedding style or theme. My table number picks are Desert Modern, School Spirit, Family Harvest, Imperfectly Handmade and Feminine Romance.
Picks on Paper - Table Numbers
Hazelnut Photography via SMP | Ruffled | Aaron Shintaku via Ruffled | Jill Thomas via Green Wedding Shoes | The Last Forty Percent via GWS | Jason Burns Photography via SMP | Nancy Neil via Once Wed | Heidi Ryder Photography via GWS | Hazelnut Photography via SMP | Jennifer Sando via SMP | Mi Belle Wedding Photography via SMP
Monique Simone Photography via The Wedding Chicks | Michelle Gardella Photography via The Wedding Chicks | Paige Newton via GWS | Ashley Rose Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | Bryan and Mae via GWS | The Image is Found via SMP | Paper Antler Boutique Photography via Project Wedding | Jonas Peterson | Wesley Vorster via Ruffled | Aaron Delesie via SMP | Uploaded by user via Pinterest | Anushe Low Photography via SMP | We Heart Photography via SMP | Flora Grubb Gardens | Momental Designs via GWS | Anda Marie Photography via SMP
Zoomworks via Once Wed | Lizelle Lotter via Ruffled | Abby Ross via SMP | Yvette Roman Photography via SMP | Justin Marantz | Arpertura via SMP | Jackie Ray Photography via Ruffled | Mike Larson Photographers via SMP | Rachel Barker via SMP | Megan Welker Photography via SMP | Michelle Turner via Grey Likes Weddings | Enjoy Events Co. |
Lisa Lefkowitz via SMP | Kallima Photography via SMP | Sweet Tea Photography via Bayside Bride | Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes | Lane Dittoe via Grey Likes Weddings | Jeff Wallace via GWS | Micah and Megan Photographers via A Paper Proposal | We Heart Photography via SMP | Elizabeth Horne Photography via SMP | Rebecca Arthurs via SMP | Olivia Leigh Photography via SMP | Eric Chen Photography via SMP | TPoz Photography via Bayside Bride | Daniel Stark Photography via SMP
Kristen Weaver Photography via SMP | Kate Harrison Photography via Ruffled | 1313 Photography via Southern Weddings | Stacy Reeves Photography via SMP | Magda Lukas with Brosnan Photographic via Ruffled | What Shanni Saw via SMP | Our Labor of Love via Green Wedding Shoes | Krista Mason Photography via GWS | Melissa Jill Photography via SMP | Wooden table numbers by Zoeveedesigns | Wai Reyes Photography via SMP | Jonathan Ong via Ruffled | Adeline and Grace Photography via SMP | Camlie Inc | Erich Mcvey Photography via SMP | Docuvitae via SMP | Susan Stripling via Green Wedding Shoes