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Picks on Paper - Wedding Reception Table Numbers Wednesday, February 23, 2011 ~ 4:00 p.m.

I'm starting a new weekly blog post on Wednesdays titled, "Picks on Paper," in which I'll select one relevant topic and rank my top five favorite selections. Today's Picks on Paper features a handful of creative table number ideas to help personalize the decor and enhance the theme, look and feel of a wedding reception.

5. Illustrated Coats-of-Arms as Table Numbers

This bride's mom had a serious talent for illustrations, and drew a different coats-of-arms like "House of Mouse" and "House of Deer," for each reception table. Wedding from 100 Layer Cake; photo by W. Scott Chester.

Creative table numbers and table names for wedding reception

4. Fresh Herbs as Table Numbers

This table number idea is so simple and cute for the right kind of wedding. A nature-loving couple was married in the forest near a cabin in Forks, Washington, and used large pots of different herbs as table centerpieces, with the name of the herb (the table name) written on a small chalkboard stuck into the pot's soil. Each of their guests' names were written on palm-sized pebbles. Wedding featured on 100 Layer Cake; photography by Aubrey Joy Photography.

Creative table number and table name ideas for wedding reception

3. Photos of Inspirational People as Table Numbers

This bride and groom chose to use portraits of iconic individuals who had each inspired them at one point in their lives. Photos of J.D. Salinger, Edith Head, Mark Twain, Hemingway, Willie Nelson, Woody Allen, Frida Kahlo and Woody Guthrie, among others, were all on hand at the soft, elegant wedding reception featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs. Photo by The Nichols Studio.

Creative table number and table name inspiration for wedding receptions

2. Photographic Timeline as Table Numbers

Each table was assigned a different year in the couple's lives, with a picture frame showing pictures of the bride and the groom on that particular year. Seems simple enough, but the couple had a lot of fun assigning their guests to different years. The parents got the sweet early years, while their friends got the awkward years with embarassingly goofy photographs on display. It's also worth mentioning that the individual table assignments were displayed on a large timeline. Featured on Weddings & Cookies.

DIY table numbers and table names for wedding reception

1. Songs as Table Numbers

At this barnyard country wedding in Franklin, Tennessee, each table was named after one of the couple's favorite classic rock or country songs. Photograph by Kristen Steele.

Creative table numbers and table names for vintage wedding reception

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